Education: Postdoctoral Fellow – University of British Columbia (2018-2019)
PhD in Neuroscience – University of Guelph (2014-2018)
BSc (Hons) in Neuroscience and Nutrition (Biochemistry) – Memorial University of Newfoundland (2009-2013)
Description of Research Projects:
My work explores the influence of astrocytes and adult-born neurons on cognition. Typically regarded as neuron-supporting cells, astrocytes interact considerably with neurons and have been recently shown to influence cognition through these interactions. In particular, my work focuses on how astrocytes in the hippocampus – particularly the dentate gyrus – interact with adult-born neurons. This region is one of few in the brain that produce new neurons (neurogenesis) that integrate into the existing circuitry, with the help of neighbouring astrocytes. These neurons are particularly important for keeping similar memories distinct from one another through a process called pattern separation. My other research interests include sex differences and their hormonal underpinnings, social memory, and recognition behaviour.