My laboratory research is focused on the pathways and repair mechanisms that play a role in Multiple Sclerosis (MS). I have used different models such as spinal cord and the optic nerve to investigate questions regarding inflammation, axonal re-growth, and oligodendrocytes biology in mice and rats. My current research focuses on remyelination in MBP enhancer transgenic mice, which express different levels of MBP mRNA. The mice were provided by my collaborator Dr. Alan Peterson from McGill University.
In addition to my laboratory research interests, I am fully involved in teaching Biomedical Ethics, Histology, and Neuroanatomy to undergraduate, graduate, and medical students. I have attached my students' evaluations to this report for your review. In educational research, I am currently working on two projects: 1) use of podcasting in visually intensive subjects such as histology and 2) teaching essentials for research intensive faculty, which will be presented as a poster in AAA April of 2022. To enhance my teaching skills and educational research, I graduated from The Master Teacher Leadership Development Program in June 2021.
I have served as a member in the GCATS/MATS admission committee, committee on undergraduate medical education curriculum (CUMEC), Annual women in leadership event committee in Clara Bliss Hinds Society WIMS, Anatomy and Cell Biology Departmental Self-Assessment committee, and Committee on the learning environment (CLE). I have also served as the diversity officer in the Search Committee for an Assistant Professor position in Anatomy and Cell Biology.
Furthermore, I have been involved in training graduate students (Julie Ahn and Annika Balraj) in the lab. I also enjoy working with undergraduate students. Anna Trantas is an undergraduate student who is now working in our lab under my supervision.