My research focuses on characterizing cell types in the hypothalamus and hippocampus using electrophysiology, Patch-seq, and behavioral techniques.
I graduated from the University of Hartford with a masters in neuroscience degree. I learned advanced electrophysiology techniques such as patch-clamp and voltage sensitive dye imaging in the dendrites of pyramidal neurons. The O’Connell lab focuses on appetitive circuits in the hypothalamus. By pairing advanced electrophysiological techniques, coupled with 'omics’, computational analyses, biochemical, and behavioral techniques we are able to probe brain regions such as the hypothalamus and hippocampus and further characterize the function, morphology, and gene expression patterns in neuronal populations involved in obesity and neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.