P.h.D. in Physiology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Neuroscience, Circadian Rhythms, Neuronal excitability, Ion channels, Obesity
I have been a Neuroscientist since my Ph.D. studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Molecular and Integrative Physiology Department (graduated in 2001). During my Ph.D. work I studied the circadian “clock in the dish” using brain slices containing the suprachiasmatic nucleus form the brains of rats and mice in the laboratory of Dr. Martha Gillette. I accomplished my postdoctoral training (5 years) at Emory University, Atlanta (Dr. Elizabeth Finch), where I studied the role of the calcium signaling in synaptic plasticity in cerebellar slices (Purkinje-Parallel fiber synapses) using the combined confocal imaging/whole cell electrophysiology/UV uncaging methods (2001-2006). Since 2006 I have been working as the Senior Research Scientist at the Georgia State University (GSU), Biology Department. Here I study the intrinsic neuronal excitability regulated by Nitric oxide and redox regulators. I conduct experiments, train graduate students, run the departmental imaging facility that houses the system that I built to conduct the combined imaging and the whole-cell path-clamp electrophysiology.
Currently, I am a faculty in the Biology Department, and my main responsibility is teaching undergraduate students. I teach Neurobiology, Molecular and Cell Biology, and Human Anatomy and Physiology. I continue my research endeavors in neuroscience and cancer biology ( my new research interests) with undergraduate and master students of the GSU.