Education: I completed my undergraduate training in Neuroscience and Chemistry at Amherst College, and subsequently received my MD/PhD from the University of Michigan as part of the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP).  My graduate work was with Dr. Sean Morrison, where I studied the molecular mechanisms regulating the self-renewal of stem cells that give rise to both neurons and the non-neuronal cells of the brain ("glia") . As a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. David Rowitch at UCSF, I developed approaches to molecularly profile developing glia, with a focus on understanding the diverse roles of astrocytes in nervous system development. My lab was established in July of 2015, where we continue to explore the roles of glia and their interactions with the immune system in sculpting synaptic connections in the developing brain.

Clinical training: I completed my residency in adult psychiatry at UCSF and obtained additional training at the San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute. I maintain a faculty practice at UCSF in the Langley-Porter Psychiatric Institute. 

Honors and Awards:

  • 2017  Pew Biomedical Scholar
  • 2016  Young Investigator Award, Brain and Behavior Research Foundation
  • 2015  Career Award for Medical Scientists, Burroughs Wellcome Fund
  • 2014  ACNP Travel Award, American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
  • 2013  APA-Pfizer MD/PhD Psychiatric Research Fellowship, American Psychiatric Association
  • 2007  Dean’s Award for Research Excellence, University of Michigan Medical School
  • 2006  Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center
  • 1997  Phi Beta Kappa

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