Where are you from?
I was born and raised in the Chicago area. Prior to moving to Victoria, I lived in Austin, Texas for 5 years.
What compelled you to pursue stroke research?
I initially started my undergraduate degree in psychology thinking that I would become a clinical psychologist, but after taking a brain and behaviour course, I fell in love with neuroscience and started volunteering in a lab that conducted stroke research in rats. I’ve always been fascinated by the way the human body works, especially the brain, and stroke research presents an interesting way to learn about how the brain repairs itself.
What is the focus of your research?
My current research uses in vivo two-photon imaging combined with behavioural measures of forelimb function to determine how changes in neurons and vasculature contribute to poor post-stroke recovery in diabetic mice.
How will you and others benefit from being part of the National Trainee Association?
My favorite thing about the National Trainee Association is that it fosters communication and collaboration between clinical and basic researchers. The future of stroke research depends on our ability to translate findings from both the bench to the bedside and from the bedside to the bench. Being a part of the National Trainee Association allows us to start thinking and talking about research translation now, while we’re still trainees.
What other interests do you have?
In my free time, I like to relax by doing yoga or reading a good book.