I am a graduate student in the Neuroscience Doctoral Program. My current research is focused on the development of the visual system. Specifically, I am looking into the role of melanin in shaping retinal structure as well as evaluating the relationship between the retinal and cortical organization in normal human subjects and those with albinism. I am also looking at pigmentation in the retinas of zebrafish to better understand its effect on retinal imaging. My work involves the use of many different techniques, including in vivo high-resolution retinal imaging, functional magnetic resonance imaging, and histology.
Upon entering college, I intended on becoming a Physical Therapist. After a few years studying Human Biology and starting in the PT program at Carroll, I decided that PT wasn't for me and instead chose to apply to graduate school. I finished my undergrad with a Human Biology major and Psychology minor with the intent to study Neuroscience. For me, vision has always been an intriguing topic, and the atmosphere of the Carroll Lab solidified my decision to pursue the vision sciences. I am happy to say that coming to MCW and joining the AOIP has been one of the best decisions of my life.