I joined the D'Esposito lab in the fall of 2010 during my final year of neurology residency at UCSF. Prior to residency, I received my M.D. and Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis. In my graduate work, I worked with Dr. Larry Snyder to investigate the neural basis of spatial working memory in the frontal eye field and lateral intraparietal area of awake, behaving monkeys using a combination of single-neuron recording, electrical microstimulation, and computational modeling techniques.
The goal of my research in the D'Esposito lab is to understand the contributions of dopamine deficiency to the cognitive deficits seen in Parkinson's disease. I will use resting-state and task-based functional MRI to study the nature of dopaminergic networks in healthy adults and in patients with the disease.