Ph.D., State University of New York, Stony Brook, 1993
Professional Summary/CV [.PDF]
Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, School of Arts and Sciences, New Brunswick; Rutgers
Areas of Interest
Function of Reelin in Brain Development, The Phosphatidylinositol Pathway in Human Cortical Dysplasia, and the Role of Dyrk1A in Neurogenesis and Differentiation.
Neurology, Neurobiology, Developmental Neuroscience, Cell & Developmental Biology.
Memberships and Professional Service
Elected Chair of the Development and Degeneration section, Congress of the International Union of Physiological Sciences, Kyoto, Japan, 2009; Invited organizer of Session I - Congress: Curing Epilepsy 2007: Translating Discoveries into Therapies, National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, Maryland, 2007; American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2003 - present; Society for Neuroscience, 2003 - present.
Grants, Honors, and Awards
Challenge Award, Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE), 2007; Honorable mention, Daniel X. Freedman Award, NARSAD, 2006; Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE), The Rhode Island Award, 2005; Essel Young Investigator Award, National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, 2002-2004; Graduate Program in Neurobiology and Behavior, SUNY at Stony Brook, Distinguished Alumnus Award 2003; Junior Investigator Research Awad, the Epilepsy Foundation, 2002-2003; Basil O'Connor Starter Scholar Research Award, The March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, 2000-2002.
A current press release was issued that talks about her the results of her recent research articles dealing with childhood epilepsy http://news.rutgers.edu/medrel/news-releases/2009/06/rutgers-research-tac-20090605-1
Academic Interests and Plans
My main occupation is research on the molecular mechanisms of mammalian brain development. My research focuses on understanding basic mechanisms governing brain development using the mouse as a model system. We also seek the opportunity to apply this knowledge towards a better treatment for human neurological disorders.