Current research interests
I am using noninvasive retinal imaging techniques like optical coherence tomography and adaptive optics scanning light ophthalmoscopy to study retinal disease. I work with several species, but most often the ground squirrel. I love studying this model because it is a cone dominant rodent, and undergoes incredible metabolic changes with annual hibernation.
BS, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Medical College of Wisconsin (2014- )
Brief Biographical Information
After some years working in construction and retail, I was inspired to go back to school and study biology and neuroscience at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. In my sophomore year I was fortunate 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 worked in the AOIP as a Research Technician for a year and began the Neuroscience Doctoral Program in the summer of 2014.
My favorite structure in the eye