My primary research interests are in the electrophysiology and neurophysiology of sensory systems, as well as the neural mechanisms controlling brain excitability, particularly as it applies to the treatment of human epilepsy. I am currently working on four research projects. The first examines the cellular basis and functional significance of fast electrical oscillations in the sensory cortex. The second is concerned with areas of cerebral cortex uniquely dedicated to combining information from different sensory modalities. The third project is examining the role innate immune responses to traumatic brain injury may play in post-traumatic epilepsy and anxiety disorders. Finally, I am examining regions of the cerebral cortex that are involved in the perception of pain.
NRSC 4042 - Systems Neuroscience
Explore the neurophysiology and function of sensory systems, beginning with a detailed review of functional neuroanatomy, electrophysiology of excitable cells, and the visual, auditory and sensorimotor systems. The level of challenge in mastering both the breadth and depth of materials in this course is calibrated to prepare students for advanced post-graduate study. Credit not granted for PSYC/NRSC 4052 and NRSC 4042.
PSYC 4011 - Senior Thesis
Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
Critically reviews some aspect of psychological literature, scholarly analysis of a major psychological issue, and/or empirical research project. See the psychology honors director for further information.