Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
University of British Columbia
My research focuses on investigating social behaviour and its underlying neurobiology during the key developmental period of adolescence. Specifically, I’m interested in understanding the role of oxytocin and vasopressin - two proteins produced in the hypothalamus - in mediating social behaviour development, especially in the context of prenatal alcohol exposure. Though most of my research uses animal models, my research focus has expanded to include investigating how prenatal alcohol exposure may affect the “gut-brain” axis and change behaviour in human subjects recruited from across Canada.
Currently, I am a Research Associate at UBC in the Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences working in the laboratory of Dr. Joanne Weinberg and also an Adjunct Professor at Brock University in the Department of Psychology.