Hello! I am a cellular neuroscientist studying the non-neuronal cells of the brain, particularly the ones that make myelin - oligodendrocytes. These tiny but mighty cells undergo dramatic changes from their precursor stage to their mature, myelinating stage in order to wrap neurons and increase the conductance of action potentials aIong axons. Oligodendrocytes and myelin patterns also change in response to new experiences, raising the possibility that myelin could shape and maintain long-lasting adaptations in neuronal circuits throughout life. I am currently studying how oligodendrocytes and myelin influence the wiring and function of neurons during postnatal development.

I am also interested in learning about, and finding ways to combat, systemic racism and sexism in academia. Things I have been reading: