2001 - 2005 B.S. University of California Irvine
2007 - 2009 M.S. New York University (mentor: Chiye Aoki)
2010 - 2014 Ph.D. University of Antwerp (research mentors: Gordon Arbuthnott and Chiye Aoki)
2014 - 2016 JSPS Fellow Tokyo Medical and Dental University (host/mentor Izumi Sugihara)
2016 - 2020 Postdoc Salk Institute for Biological Studies (2016) and The Scripps Research Institute
2020 - present Staff Scientist Scripps Research Institute
The Scripps Research Institute
Mentors: Nobuyoshi Suto and Friedbert Weiss, Department of Neuroscience
2017 - Present
Focus: Examining drug-evoked neural circuits using activity-based approaches.
The Salk Research Institute for Biological Studies
Mentor/collaborator: Eiman Azim, Molecular Neurobiology
2016 - 2017 (Temporary position during my transition from Tokyo to California)
Tokyo Medical and Dental University, JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow
Host/collaborator: Izumi Sugihara, Department of System Neurophysiology
2014 - 2016 (2-year program to establish a collaborative project)
Focus: Exploring the output circuits of the cerebellum.
University of Antwerp
Ph.D. Marie Curie Fellow under the mentorship of Professors Gordon Arbuthnott and Chiye Aoki
2010 - 2014
Project 1: Morphological investigation of neighboring developing Purkinje cell populations using quantitative confocal microscopy and transgenic mouse technology.
Project 2: To determine the Purkinje cell to cerebellar nuclei connectivity using a viral
approach and quantitative microscopy.
Project 3: To identify whether light exercise regime during adolescence contributes to cerebellar noradrenergic axonal plasticity. Structural investigation of cerebellar noradrenergic fibers.
New York University
M.S. Student under the mentorship of Dr. Chiye Aoki
2007 - 2009
Project 1: To identify the ultrastructural localization changes of GluR1/2 subunits of the AMPA receptor across the lateral amygdala of fear-conditioned versus naive rats.
Project 2:EM Ultrastructural analysis and pattern expression of NR2A/NR2B subunits of the NMDARs within the hippocampus in Presenilin Conditional Double Knock-out (PS-cDKO) brains. Identification of synaptic changes elicited by PS-cDKO.
English / Italian / Romania (Fluent)
Matlab (Basic - intermediate)
Society fof Neuroscience (SfN)
Molecular and Cellular Cognition Society (MCCS)
American Association of Anatomists
Awards and honors
Society of Research Fellows, Scripps Research, SfN Travel award, 2019
Marie Curie Alumni Micro One World Grant, 2018
Salk Women in Science Award 2017-2018
Marie Curie Alumni Micro One World Grant, 2015
JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science), Postdoctoral fellowship, Nov. 2014 - 2016
JSPS, Short-term Postdoctoral fellowship, Oct. 2013 - Oct. 2014 (completed)
Marie Curie Fellow, CEREBNET, University of Antwerp, 2010 - 2013 (completed)
Belgium-American Educational Foundation (B.A.E.F.) Fellow, 2010 (kindly declined)
11th Annual M.S. Biology Research Poster Conference, Second Place, 2009
Psychology Research Poster Conference, Third Place, 2009
Graduate Student Travel Award, Office of the Dean, NYU, 2008
Student of the Year Award, American Chemical Society, 2001
Edward M. Nealley Foundation Scholarship Award, 2001
Please visit my bibliography page on pubmed
2010 - present
2010 - present