I obtained my Bachelor of Science degree with honors in Neuroscience from The Johns Hopkins University in 2019. After graduation, I took a gap year working as a research technologist and a teaching assistant at the same time, in Worley Lab at School of Medicine and neuroscience department at Homewood campus respectively.
I whole-heartedly believe that majority, if not all, abnormal psychological conditions can be explained and detected by changes in biological processes in the brain. Drug addiction is one of the psychological disorders that I wanted to study. It is a critical issue especially in teenagers and young adults experimenting with new life choices. Besides drug addiction, I have a broad interest in the neurobiological basis of other psychological disorders as well. In fact, I studied Schizophrenia in my previous lab for three years, using both biochemical and behavioral techniques on mice with genetic knockout of a protein in the Arc signaling hub.
My current project in Dr. Gulley’s lab investigates the combined effects of two drugs – alcohol and THC (main active component in marijuana) – in rats undergoing puberty, to model the influence on memory and metabolic functions in humans. I am responsible for examining the changes in neuronal firing patterns in brain slices, to relate behavioral deficits to neurobiological manifestations.