As a neuropharmacologist, my research interests involve investigating basic mechanisms of pharmacology and biochemistry as they relate to drug effects on the brain and the pathology of neurodegenerative diseases. I hold a Ph.D. in Molecular Pharmacology &Toxicology from the University of Southern California (2013) and have studied ethanol intake behaviors in transgenic mice lacking purinergic P2X4 receptors and the role of adenosine homeostasis in mouse models of Parkinson's Disease and Stroke. I am a former NIH predoctoral fellow, have authored several primary research articles, and instructed students (high school through graduate) in the laboratory and classroom on their academic and professional development.
I am currently an Assistant Professor in Neurology and the Cancer Early Detection Advanced Research Center, or CEDAR, at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). I work together with CEDAR members to plan for current and future information, data stewardship, and open science needs. See my recent publication on data licensing practices at PLOS ONE and you can check out more of my work via ORCID: 0000-0003-1026-5232.
As a Black woman, diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM is very important to me. I work hard to engage trainees from underrepresented backgrounds throughout their undergraduate, postbaccalaureate, graduate, and postdoctoral career development. My role as the Director of Diversity in Research in the OHSU Research and Innovation Office allows me to develop and implement campus-wide initiatives for impacting the culture of inclusion in laboratories and graduate education (see postbaccs and postdoc programs). My ultimate goal is to create useful resources and a sense of community around trainees from underrepresented backgrounds at OHSU as well as provide effective mentorship through their academic journey and scientific careers! Read more about my roles on my academic webpage.
I'm always looking to connect with new mentors, mentees, and collaborators. Drop me a line below!