Faculty & Staff Directory
208 Henry Hall
See available times here, or by appointment.
BMS 208 - Human Anatomy
BMS 291 - Human Physiology Laboratory
BMS 250 - Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory
Ph.D. Illinois State University (Neuroscience), 2011
B.S. Bradley University (Biology and Philosophy), 2003
My research interests center around a functional, real-time measure of neurotransmission. Neurons send and receive information through chemical means, transducing electrical signals into chemical signals. These transmissions occur on a very fast time- scale, in the millisecond time frame.
One of the best methods for monitoring neurotransmission in real time is called Fast-Scan Cyclic Voltammetry (FSCV). Fast-scan because it is happening fast: every 100 ms; cyclic because it happens repeatedly; and voltammetry because it deals with voltage changes. In brief, when a carbon surface reaches a certain voltage, and a neurotransmitter is next to it, the neurotransmitter will oxidize (like metal rusting). You can measure this reaction and use it to look at changes in neurotransmitter concentration.
The goals of my lab: 1) continue to improve neurotransmitter recording techniques. 2) to classify and understand neurotransmission in the zebrafish brain. Zebrafish is a classic model system, allowing for genetic and environmental changes. 3) to record epinephrine release from pig adrenal glands. If various chemicals induce more or less epinephrine release from the adrenal gland, this is important information to consider in human treatments.