About Me

Genomes tell us much about the brain and behavior. In my research, I use genetics and genomics on diverse mouse populations and diverse species to discover new biology about the brain systems that control motivated and social behaviors.

I am a research scientist at the Jackson Laboratory of Mammalian Genetics in the Chesler Lab and Center for Systems Neurogenetics of Addiction. I specialize in applying computational and comparative approaches to behavioral, genetics, and genomics data. I currently work with genetically diverse mouse populations. My goal is to find new biology that can help treat psychiatric disorders like autism and drug addiction.

My colleagues and I recently wrote a review of genetically diverse mouse populations and their applications. Please contact me if you would like to learn more about working with genetically diverse mice.

Academic Positions

Research Scientist

The Jackson Laboratory

Postdoctoral Fellow

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Graduate Student

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Field Assistant

Lomas Barbudal Capuchin Monkey Project


Molecular Neuroethology
and Systems Biology

Undergraduate Education

BS, Biology
University of Iowa

Graduate Education

Ph.D., Zoology
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Postdoctoral Training

Institute for Genomic Biology