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 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 – are particularly important for keeping similar memories distinct from one another through a process called pattern separation. With a 2023 Petro-Canada Young Innovators Award, I will additionally be exploring the involvement of astrocytes in social behaviours including social recognition, novelty-seeking, and sociability. My other research interests include sex differences and their hormonal underpinnings and recognition behaviour.