Assistant Professor, Biology Department
Office: Z 211
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I'm originally from Cleveland, but spent my undergraduate years in Columbus at The Ohio State University. After graduation, I continued my studies at the University of Kentucky where I completed my dissertation research in neurobiology and picked up a little bit of a southern twang. I also pursued the Graduate Certificate in Anatomical Sciences at UK, thus developing my love of teaching anatomy.
I am excited to be a new faculty member at Gannon University. I like the close-knit community feel of the college, and the culture and attitude of Erie remind me a lot of growing up in Cleveland.
When I'm not in class or in the lab, I like to spend my time gardening, sewing, reading, and cheering on the Buckeyes! My husband, Jason, is also a graduate of The Ohio State University, and you can find us glued to the television on Saturdays during football season. We love classic rock, fast cars, cooler weather, and our eccentric cat, Oxley.
My research focuses on neutrotransmitter signaling in the mammalian brain. The medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) is an area of the brain that is essential for executive function, and alterations in glutamate neurotransmission in the mPFC are associated with pathologies including Alzheimer’s disease and drug addiction. I measure glutamate in the mPFC using microelectrode array technology. This technique provides the advanced spatial and temporal resolution necessary to characterize in vivo glutamate levels in the mPFC. From a translational perspective, my research is important because a better understanding of changes in neurotransmitter levels associated with disease can contribute to improved treatments for neuropathologies.