My research focuses on appetitive Pavlovian renewal in male and female rats. We are aiming to determine key components in the neural circuitry mediating renewal of responding to food cues, which will be valuable for understanding the fundamental mechanisms of reward driven behavior.
I received my B.A. in Biology and Psychology from the University of Virginia in 2012. I started my graduate school work in the Neurobiology of Feeding Behavior Laboratory at Boston College the same year. In 2014, I successfully defended my Master's thesis titled: "Behavioral and neural sex differences in context-dependent renewal of appetitive conditioned responses". I will be completing my PhD thesis defense at Boston College in August 2017.