My role in the AOIP
I am contributing to the expansion of adaptive optics translational research by helping launch an AO animal facility. To my knowledge it will be the first of its kind; allowing for an unprecedented ability to image and study the retina of several species of interest (not just rats and mice!).
Undergraduate: BS, Biology, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Brief Biographical Information
I was born and attended high-school in Neenah, WI. I was inspired to go back to school after some years working in construction and retail. Writing and science had become hobbies of mine, specifically in the neurosciences. While attending the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh I was lucky enough to meet Dr. Dana (Vaughan) Merriman. Under her guidance I became a McNair Scholar, and studied the super-powers of ground squirrels. It was during an ambitious year of research that I developed a passion for investigating how the eye communicates with the brain. I met Dr. Joseph Carroll while prospecting neuroscience graduate programs and our mutual interests landed me a spot in the AOIP in the summer of 2013.
My favorite structure in the eye