A lifetime Kansas resident, I graduated from the University of Kansas Main Campus with degrees in Human Biology, Psychology, and Biochemistry. My undergraduate interested directed my interest in the intersectionality of sciences used in researching diseases of the brain. I decided to pursue my medical and graduate training at KUMC after meeting with the incredibly kind and passionate faculty, staff and students in the MD-PhD Program.
For ~ 2 years, I worked with Dr. David K. Johnson in the Neuropsychology and Aging Laboratory, assisting in his investigations into the cognitive and biological markers of neurodegeneration, specifically Alzheimer's Disease. My time in the NAL lab helped develop my interests into how various lifestyle factors influence brain aging and AD, as well as built my foundation in concepts of cognition, such as the underpinnings of executive function and self-regulation.
My current interests stem from a desire to acquire scientific and clinical skillsets with which to improve both the diagnostic and interventionist aspects of neuropsychiatric medicine. I have spent time in Dr. Randolph Nudo's lab, assisting with his investigation into neural correlates of motor recovery after stroke. I am currently back at the Alzheimer's Disease Center, rotating with Dr. Jill Morris, who seeks to untangle the complex relationships between neurodegeneration, energy metabolism, and insulin resistance. My intent is to fashion my dissertation within translational research, the space between the basic and clinical sciences. I believe I can best contribute to neuroscientific investigation through taking medicine from the bench-to-bedside and back.