Graduate Research Assistant
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Ph.D. student a part of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Neuroscience at the University of Iowa interested in studying the connection between sensory hypersensitivity and negative affective brain states using rodent migraine models. My primary research expertise involves the execution of an intricate experimental pipeline, denoted as "Electomics," which has been novelly created to study the complexities of brain-behavioral relationships. This paradigm requires the development and implantation of micro-wire electrodes, in-vivo electrophysiological recordings of local field potential (LFP) oscillations in spatially separated brain regions, conducting relevant and associated behavioral models, and employing machine learning and data analysis tools to identify dynamic LFP feature properties and discriminate salient networks that reveal their related behavioral states. Other research interests include expanding the practice of Electomics to investigate additional rodent brain-behavior states such as sociability, anxiety, pain, and fear. Translating Electomics to human research and data in addition to integrating complementary tools to electrophysiological investigations, such as resting-state fMRI, to create a translational bridge between rodent and human studies corresponding to delineating affective states.