Southeastern Louisiana University, B.S. Zoology
Utah State University, M.S. Biology
University of Utah, Ph.D. Neuroscience
Post Doctoral Work:
Illinois State University, Program of Excellence in Neuroscience and Behavior (POENB)
Biological Investigation; Human Anatomy and Physiology; Animal Physiology; Neurobiology
The focus of my research lab is on the neurochemical messenger dopamine and its role in brain function. Specifically, my research has explored how drugs (e.g., amphetamine and methamphetamine) impact dopamine mediated behaviors and cellular signaling molecules implicated in memory formation. More recent research elucidated amphetamine's cellular mechanism of action on dopamine neurotransmission. As a faculty member at EWU, my lab utilizes the technique of voltammetry which provides one the ability to monitor the activity of specific molecules (e.g., dopamine) in the brain. Future directions are to continue to investigate dopamine function, how drugs impact these processes, and dopamine dysfunction related to pathological conditions such as Parkinson's disease.
Amphetamine Paradoxically Augments Exocytotic Dopamine Release and Phasic Dopamine Signals
Methamphetamine neurotoxicity decreases phasic, but not tonic, dopaminergic signaling in the rat striatum
Effect of Methamphetamine Neurotoxicity on Learning-Induced Arc mRNA Expression in Identified Striatal Efferent Neurons
Arc mRNA induction in striatal efferent neurons associated with response learning
Relation between methamphetamine-induced monoamine depletions in the striatum and sequential motor learning
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