What is the nature of reality, and what contribution does the brain have in creating it? Philosophically neuroscience and cosmology are not so different: both in the end hope to describe the origins of the universe, only neuroscience starts in our own minds. This homology is what initiated my interest in the brain—the idea that to understand the brain is to understand how it perceives and creates the world around us—and I have since become enthralled in many more specific topics in neuroscience. I am interested understanding the basic biology of brain-lymphocyte interaction. Little is known about the supportive role of lymphocytes to the brain other than its existence, our lab has previously shown that T-cell and/or IL-4 deficient mice have impaired spatial learning, and I am using in vivo imaging and in vitro culture methods to address the mechanism of this relationship.
I came to the UVA MD/PhD program after studying biology at Case Western University. I have recently finished the basic science portion of medical school, and I hope to spend my graduate years addressing basic neuroimmune biology as it relates to normal and disease states. Outside of lab I enjoy playing music (Western and Indian classical), tennis, and am an avid insect collector.