I am trained as an organismal biologist specifically interested in the physiology and evolution of the complex neural and genetic systems underlying animal behavior. My academic interests are in sociobiology and disposition. Prior to my postdoctoral work, I studied a strain of mice displaying a manic phenotype as a partial model for bipolar disorder. I also worked on projects examining the neural genomic correlates of the transition to motherhood and their potential relationship to autism.
My current work at the University of Illinois is in sociobiology. We are interested in characterizing the functional genomics of animals when they are placed in various situations with conspecifics. This involves the use of cutting edge computational techniques for data mining on big datasets.