Hometown: Buffalo, NY
Thesis adviser: Kurt Hauser, Ph.D., Pharmacology and Toxicology
Research interest: I’m interested in how biochemical processes, electrophysiological processes, and the physical structures and circuitry of the brain give rise to complex behaviors, and the pathologies that disrupt this balance.
Personal bio: I’ve always had a strong sense of wonder about the world around me, and why everything worked the way it does. I was especially fascinated by the weather, and by animal life. My grandfather saw this and really encouraged me to continue to explore the world around me, and to always ask questions. When I was in college, I took a course in neuroscience. The material and research presented was so fascinating to me that I knew this was the way for me to go. Outside the lab, I spend my time engaged in community leadership roles, reading, playing video games, being with friends, exercising, and admiring all the living things most people pass by without a second thought on a daily basis. When time permits, I also enjoy swimming, hiking, and fishing.
Marks, W.D. and I.M. Skerrett. 2014. Role of amino terminus in voltage gating and junctional rectification of Shaking B innexins. J Neurophysiol., 111:1383–1395.
Outstanding Predoctoral Research Award
International Society for Neurovirology