I’m currently a postdoctoral research fellow at Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine. The projects I’m involved in focus primarily on investigating genetic predictors of long-term outcomes of children with autism spectrum disorders.
I earned my PhD in Cognitive Science at UC San Diego. I was part of the Center for Human Development and the Center for Multimodal Imaging and Genomics. I worked with a large team of researchers and statisticians to analyze complex, multivariate, longitudinal data. My work focused on investigating the neural phenotypes underlying visuospatial working memory, response inhibition, and phonological processing using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) to evaluate cortical thickness, surface area, fractional anisotropy, and mean diffusivity.
This work focused primarily on looking at the relationship between individual variability in behavior and performance and individual variability in regional brain structure, controlling for influencing factors such as age and gender. A major goal of this work was to better understand the many influences that contribute to individual differences in behavior and performance during typical human development. Results of this work may lead to better preventative care and interventions for children underperforming in specific cognitive areas, allowing each child to better reach his or her potential.
I’m broadly interested in using large repositories of demographic and behavioral data to design more personalized or customized tools for individuals. One major area of interest is using demographic, behavioral, and health-centric datasets to create a better system of personalized health care and disease prevention.
I recently took a position as Program Manager at AerNos, Inc. (aernos.com), a company that focuses on creating nano-sensors for monitoring various gas concentrations. These sensors can be incorporated into a variety of products and wearables for monitoring personal micro-environments.