I am a lesbian and I am a neurobiologist.//
I am currently a postdoc at the National Institutes of Health. I was an undergraduate at Penn State University where I studied Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and received my PhD at Yale University.
I began studying neurons because I fell in love with their beautiful branched structures and was fascinated by the different ways they are adapted to survive and thrive. Now I study how neurodegenerative disease-linked genes including TDP-43 (implicated in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Frontotemporal Dementia, and Alzheimer’s Disease) contribute to defects in RNA splicing, transcription and epigenetics.