My lab’s overall goal is to understand molecular mechanisms underlying epilepsy and autism spectrum disorders, and to use this knowledge to develop therapeutic approaches in pre-clinical studies. Methods in the lab include molecular biology, biochemical assays, primary neuron culture and in vivo mouse models of epilepsy and autism.
I am a student in the Medical Sciences Training Program at UC, completing graduate studies within the Neuroscience Graduate Program. I received my Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from the University of Notre Dame, and started in the MSTP program at UC in 2018. My work in the lab focuses on microRNA involvement in the development of epilepsy.
I am currently an undergraduate at the University of Cincinnati majoring in Cell & Molecular Biology and Chemistry. In the Gross Lab I work under the mentorship of Dr. Durgesh Tiwari on a project investigating the role of miRNA in seizure regulation in mouse models of epilepsy.
I study disease induced excitability changes in the laboratory and neurogenetic disease causing epilepsy and autism in the clinic. Current work is focused on how ion channels are regulated by disease causing mutations and clinical trials involving tuberous sclerosis and PTEN hamartoma tumor syndrome. Ultimately, by understanding how neuronal excitability is regulated we hope to develop specific therapeutic options and tests that allow for personalized medical care.
I joined the Gross Lab after finishing my PhD in neuroscience at Monash University, Melbourne (Australia). My research aims to investigate mechanisms and therapeutic applicability of microRNA-mediated regulation of ion channels in epilepsy and other neurological disorders.