I have a long-standing interest in the molecular and cellular mechanisms involved in neurodegeneration. I received training in cellular neuroscience and developed my electrophysiological skills such as field potential recording in hippocampal slices and single channel recordings in dissociated CA1 pyramidal neurons. I received my Ph.D in 2004 and joined Dr. Howard E. Gendelman's lab at UNMC for my first postdoctoral training in 2006 briefly.Then I joined Dr. Fu-ming Zhou's lab at UTHSC to pursue research questions directly relevant to neurodegenerative disease in 2007. I have gained additional training in microinjection and in vivo recording in freely moving mice and developed a strong interest in how changes in neuronal excitability at the molecular level affect the functional connections between different brain areas, as deficits in these connections likely play a strong role in cognitive deficits in diseases such as Alzheimer's disease. For this reason, I joined Kaczorowski's Lab in 2015. In Dr. Kaczorowski, I have an excellent opportunity to use in vitro and in vivo electrophysiology techniques to test the hypothesis that misregulated plasma membrane proteins in the hippocampus lead to changes in intrinsic neuronal excitability and thus, dysfunction of the hippocampus-prefrontal cortex functional connection.