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Assistant Professor
Anatomy & Neurobiology

110 Irvine Hall
Phone: 949-824-7079
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Postdoc, University of California San Francisco (UCSF)
Projects: Childhood epilepsy, interneuron development and stem cell therapy

PhD, Physiology, University of Kentucky
Thesis: Local Synaptic Network Interactions in the Dentate Gyrus of a Cortical Contusion Model of Posttraumatic Epilepsy

I received a BS degree in Biology from Liberty University, PhD in Physiology from University of Kentucky (with Bret Smith) and did post-doctoral training at UCSF (with Scott Baraban). In 2015, I joined the UCI faculty in the Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology. Our research focuses on translational questions related to epilepsy and brain development. My work established the first mouse model of epilepsy following traumatic brain injury, and more recently, we developed an interneuron-based cell therapy for acquired epilepsy. Our research has been funded by NIH and private sources, including a K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke . Here at UCI, the lab actively participates in a number of research programs, including the Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program, Epilepsy Research Center, Center for Autism Research and Translation (CART) and Stem Cell Research Center.