Education and Training:
- 2014-present: Neuroscience PhD Student, NYU School of Medicine, New York, NY
- 2010-2014: B.A. in Biology, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY
The forebrain cholinergic system, which consists of cholinergic projection neurons in the basal forebrain and cholinergic interneurons in the striatum, plays important roles in modulating cortical, hippocampal, and basal ganglia circuitry. Despite their importance for normal neural functions, their development is poorly understood. In particular, it is unknown how their development from a common proliferative zone in the embryonic ventral telencephalon generates cholinergic neurons with diverse and remarkably precise innervation patterns. I am interested in using genetic fate mapping and genomics to understand how the complex organization of forebrain cholinergic neurons is established during early specification and across later development.