B.S. in molecular biology from University of Wyoming, 2004
Additional major in Spanish
Ph.D. in Neuroscience, December 2011
I research novel pathways for G-protein coupled receptor signaling in neurons. GPCRs can move to the nucleus and directly associate with DNA. This is a new discovery that is changing the scientific communities view on how GPCRs work and how new drugs are developed.
Why I chose UW for graduate education:
The University of Wyoming was an easy decision for graduate school because of the relationship I developed with Dr. Flynn during my undergraduate time. His Introduction to Neuroscience class was a great class that opened the door to research in his lab. The research project I started as an undergraduate was exciting and I was able to carry it over into graduate school.
Current position and future goals:
I will complete my degree in December 2011. I have accepted a postdoctoral position at Monash University in Melbourne Australia with Dr. Nigel Bunnett.
Advice for potential future students considering UW:
Never be afraid to ask questions and talk to your professors and classmates. Good classes and great friends make UW an exceptional place to learn and grow. If you enjoy the outdoors there is no better place than the University of Wyoming to get an education.