Department of Physiology, Pharmacology, and Neuroscience
At a young age, my life intersected with mental illness and the pharmacological treatment thereof. I wanted to know more about “better living through chemistry,” particularly brain chemistry. I earned my BS in biochemistry from the University of Maryland, College Park. I earned my MS in cellular and molecular biology and physiology/neuroscience from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris, France. I completed a pre-IRTA fellowship at the NIH. I earned a PhD in biochemistry from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (Cleveland, OH). I did a post-doc at INSERM in Paris, France. I served for 4.5 years as the associate scientific director of the NIMH Psychoactive Drug Screening Program.
The lab I am a part of here at HSC is comprised of four graduate students (Joshua Gross, Shane Kaski, Adam Schroer, and Joe Soundararajan), a technician (Kimberley Wix), and my senior mentor (Dr. David Siderovski). Our main focus is on cell signaling, with two seemingly unrelated twists: substance use disorders and taste.
My publication record is a matter of public record—I wouldn’t gloat about it, and I wish it were more impactful. I do have several high-visibility first-author papers, but I leave that to the reader to discover if they’re interested. I do gloat about having the best graduate students around, and I’m honored to have the opportunity to mentor them. Working with them—mentoring them—along the path of scientific discovery/the scientific process has become one of my favorite (and most important) roles.
I am originally from the Washington, DC area. I am single, and I do not have children (unless you count my cat, Audie). My hobbies are music (I have formal training in classical piano and informal training in guitar), cooking, and oenophilia.