I am an early career investigator at the Wake Forest Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADRC) and co-leader of the Wake ADRC Neuroimaging Core. I am a neuroscientist whose research program examines neuroimaging and cognitive biomarkers of aging and neurodegenerative disease in ADRC cohort studies. I earned my PhD in Neuroscience from UC Davis with Dr. Charles DeCarli, investigating the impacts of age and cerebrovascular disease on brain function and cognition, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. William Jagust at UC Berkeley, examining how tau and amyloid accumulation affect brain structure and cognitive trajectories.
We investigate impacts of metabolic, vascular and neuropathological processes on physical and cognitive dysfunction in diverse participants at the Wake Forest ADRC. We use imaging methodologies such as structural and functional MRI, diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), arterial spin labeling (ASL) and multiple PET modalities, such as amyloid, tau, glucose and ketone, in our research. I also am a member of the Older Americans Independence (Pepper) Center; the Center on Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism; and the Center for Biomedical Informatics.
Educational Program Involvement
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.
Program Research Interest: Addiction and Substance Abuse, Behavioral and Systems Neurobiology, Development and Plasticity, Molecular Neurobiology, Neurological Disease and Aging, Neuropharmacology, Sensory Neurobiology