People / Hunt
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 have been an active member of the Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology here at UC Irvine since joining the faculty in 2015. I hold a BS degree in Biology from Liberty University (2005), PhD in Physiology from University of Kentucky (2010) and completed postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Dr. Scott Baraban at University of California, San Francisco (2015). My laboratory takes a multiple species, cross-disciplinary approach to studying epilepsy and related neurodevelopmental disorders and incorporates electrophysiological, behavioral, anatomical, imaging, stem cell and molecular methodologies. We are also developing circuit-based therapies for traumatic brain injury. 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), Stem Cell Research Center and the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory.