Graduate Student, Program in Neuroscience
BS in Biology, Stanford University
I am interested in investigating the molecular mechanisms underlying circuit assembly, in particular how diverse cellular interactions sculpt sensory circuitry. With a stereotyped radial organization and clear synaptic targets, the cochlea is an ideal model system in which to study the molecules that direct the formation of neural circuits. The cochlea houses spiral ganglion neurons that faithfully transmit information about sound stimuli from mechanosensory hair cells to the auditory brainstem. Thus, damage to or loss of spiral ganglion neurons causes hearing loss. Despite their importance, little is known about the molecular mechanisms regulating spiral ganglion development, which occurs in parallel with mesenchyme and neural crest-derived glial cells. Using a combination of mouse genetics and phenotypic analysis, I am investigating how axon guidance cues coordinate the development of the spiral ganglion through novel functions.
Favorite ice cream flavor?
Ben & Jerry's phish food
Which fictional universe do you wish you could visit?
Still convinced that my Hogwarts acceptance letter has been lost in the mail