Positions

Associate Professor
Department of Neuroscience
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX, US
Associate Professor
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX, US

Education

PhD from Harvard Medical School
Cell Biology - Signal Transduction
Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Harvard Medical School
Neuroscience
Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Harvard Medical School
Cell Biology - Signal Transduction
BS from University of Minnesota
Biochemistry

Professional Interests

  • Molecular and cellular mechanisms regulating neural circuit formation and plasticity

Professional Statement

The long-term goal of research in the laboratory is to understand the molecular and cellular mechanisms that control neural circuit formation and plasticity. We are particularly interested in elucidating novel signal transduction pathways that regulate essential neurodevelopmental and regenerative processes such as synaptogenesis, dendritic and axonal growth and guidance, and cell migration. In addition to investigating how these processes are normally regulated, we are examining how defects in these pathways contribute to neurological disorders such as autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disabilities and whether targeting these pathways can promote recovery following nervous system injury or disease. To accomplish these goals, we utilize both in vitro and in vivo rodent models and employ a wide variety of state-of-the-art genetic, molecular, cellular, biochemical, electrophysiological, and behavioral approaches.

Selected Publications