I graduated from Northeastern University with B.S. in Behavioral Neuroscience and recently completed my Ph.D. at the University of California, Irvine in the lab of Dr. Mathew Blurton-Jones. My doctoral work focused on the role of the peripheral adaptive immune system in Alzheimer’s disease. My research uncovered a novel role by which peripheral adaptive immune signaling modulates microglial function to alter the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease. I’m interested in better understanding the normal homeostatic functions of microglia and how those functions are altered during the transition to and during disease. My current work in the Stevens lab is focused on better understanding microglial function and dysfunction in Alzheimer’s disease.