Current efforts include curriculum development with an emphasis on hands on experiential learning in Biotechnology Applications. Hopefully in the near future developing strategies to improve student performance engagement through project based curriculums and establish collaborative projects within the University working on developmental pediatric diseases.
I am a trained Neuroscientist with a focus on developmental neurobiological signaling pathways, and protein biomarker discovery in infant diseases, particularly Sudden infant Death Syndrome. As a postdoctoral fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH), my research focus was to understand and gain insight into the pathogenesis of SIDS, in relation to reported pathological abnormalities in the serotonin (5-HT) and GABAergic Medullary system. Characterizing GABAergic neurons and receptor expression in the developing infant brain using neuropharmacological applications, molecular assay development utilizing proteomics to profile, detect and validate candidate biomarkers in various tissue types and body fluids in SIDS infants (Brain, Cerebrospinal fluid, Serum, Placental).