I like to say, "it's complicated."
I live my professional life with the philosophy that balance is critical: intricacies and subtleties are meaningful, but they can only be interpreted in the context of a broad perspective. Through my interdisciplinary background, I've found that some of the most interesting (and beautiful) advances in science (and pretty much everywhere else too) can be found at the intersections of different ideas, perspectives, and fields of study.
I'm trained as a scientist and as a science communicator, with an emphasis on spoken presentation. I work hard. I learn quickly. I take initiative. I'm enthusiastic. I get things done.
I am the Public Engagement Lead with the University of Michigan's Center for Academic Innovation. I work with amazing teams at AI and across the university to help reimagine dialogue models of engagement and build structures to better support U-M scholars as they engage with different publics.
I also work with the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation to develop a vision supporting health and health services researchers in developing motivation, communication skills, and opportunities to engage with media professionals.
Along with a group of inspiring and talented collaborators, I am a co-founder and soon-to-be former co-director of RELATE (Researchers Expanding Lay-Audience Teaching and Engagement), a science communication initiative at the University of Michigan. RELATE trains researchers in science, technology, engineering, and math fields to better communicate about their research to different public audiences; we pair intensive lay-audience communication training with community engagement events to promote active learning and practice. We seek to instill a deep sense of responsibility to communicate science widely in the next generation of researchers.
I also recently led a team of faculty and students to host Stand Up for Science: Practical Approaches to Discussing Science that Matters, a Teach-Out following the March for Science hosted by the University of Michigan's Office of Academic Innovation and edX. Check out the archived version of the Teach-Out on edX!
I completed my Ph.D. in neuroscience under the supervision of Huda Akil at the University of Michigan. My dissertation combined bioinformatics analyses with hypothesis-driven experimental studies to examine the contrasting roles of two molecules in the fibroblast growth factor family in the pathology of major depression. I previously studied with David Eagleman. I am a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship recipient.
If you're interested in getting in touch to chat about shared interests, please don't hesitate to email!