San Antonio, Texas
| schizophrenia|| stem cells|
My research is exploring the use of embryonic stem cells to reverse deficits in a developmental model of schizophrenia. Schizophrenic patients show changes in inhibitory GABAergic interneurons, which are thought to underlie behavioral and physiological symptoms of the disorder. Using a battery of behavioral assays and in vivo extracellular electrophysiology, we are testing the hypothesis that GABAergic interneurons, derived from embryonic stem cells, can reverse the schizophrenia-like changes seen in our rodent model.
Accomplishments, Awards and Honors
2015 William Thomas Booth Travel Award - UTHSCSA Pharmacology - August 2015
HSC News - 'Low levels of pro-inflammatory agent help cognition in rats' - Feb 2014
Society for Neuroscience (SfN) Meeting Travel Award - 2013