Where were you born?
San Jose, California
What school did you attend?
Arizona State University for Master’s and PhD
What gained your interest in the NIH?
I learned about training opportunities through SACNAS when I was awarded a Neuroscience Travel Fellowship during my early graduate school years. Levon Parker, who was at NINDS, assisted me with identifying a lab for the Summer Internship Program and the lab I worked in during that summer invited me to return the following year as a graduate student in the NIH Graduate Partnership Program. And I have been here since.
What kind of work do you do at the NIH?
As a graduate student, I studied the basal ganglia circuit in an animal model with Parkinson's disease. As a postdoc, I studied the basal forebrain circuit in the decision making process. Currently, I am the Special Assistant to the Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity, assisting in her efforts in developing programming to enhance diversity and inclusion at the NIH.