Current research interests
My current research is focused on searching for biomarkers in neurodegenerative diseases such as glaucoma and Alzheimer’s disease. I am also interested in the metabolic changes of the retina during hibernation. Much of this work relies on our newly developed animal imaging system, which allows for an unprecedented ability to image and study the retina of several species of interest (not just rats and mice!).
Undergraduate: BS, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Graduate: 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