I am a senior undergraduate student majoring in Neuroscience at American University. In the past I have been volunteering in analyzing the situation of adolescent drug use in Kyrgyzstan. As well as, volunteering in the discussions of needed policy formulations on the levels of legislation, clinical and medical work. After taking Dr. Riley’s class I became more interested in the neurobiological underpinnings of the behavioral effects of drugs. My specific interests lie in ways drugs affect behavior and how age affects vulnerability. Once I graduate, I plan to continue studying how drug affects the behavior and development of the adolescents.
I started working in Dr. Riley’s lab in the fall of 2018. Currently, I am working under Katie Nelson on synthetic cathinones and their effects on behavior. The research looks to see at sex differences exhibited by a-pyrrolidinopentiophenone (α-PVP) on induced reward, aversion, hyperthermia and locomotor activity.