Much of my work focuses on understanding the process by which memory is encoded within the mammalian brain - in particular, the hippocampus. My research is discovering new ways to detect, manipulate and even restore those memory codes in human patients suffering from diseases and disorders that alter or impair the normal memory storage process. I have a background that ranges from in vitro electrophysiology of hippocampus, to in vivo study of neuronal patterns of activity underlying memory in rodents, nonhuman primates and humans. I work closely with Neurologists and Neurosurgeons in studying memory to develop a prosthetic system for restoration of human memory. I teach in several of the Neuroscience and Biomedical Graduate school courses, including a science communication course focusing on interpretation of science for public outreach.
Educational Program Involvement
Program Research Interest: Addiction and Substance Abuse, Behavioral and Systems Neurobiology, Development and Plasticity, Molecular Neurobiology, Neurological Disease and Aging, Neuropharmacology, Sensory Neurobiology
Integrative Physiology and Pharmacology PhD
Program Research Interest: Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Cardiovascular Physiology and Hypertension, Regenerative Medicine, Neuro- and Behavioral Pharmacology, Cancer Therapeutics Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism Lifespan Physiology.