At Georgia Gwinnett College, I teach a range of biology courses including Principles of Biology I, Cell Biology, Neurobiology, Pharmacology and Biotechnology. I am also an enthusiastic advocate of undergraduate research in science and currently mentor students in neuroscience research. Our work utilizes cellular, molecular, and behavioral approaches to investigate events that contribute to dopamine cell death, upregulation of glial activity, and nicotine’s neuroprotective and addictive effects. In addition, I have become interested in the scholarship of teaching and learning and led the development of a student learning program at GGC. Peer Supplemental Instruction (PSI) facilitates study sessions for students in foundation STEM courses while training senior students in leadership and communication in their STEM fields.
Prior to serving in this current role, I conducted my postdoctoral studies in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Harvard Medical School, working with medicinal chemists and behavioral pharmacologists on the development of medication therapies against drug addiction relapse. My research highlighted the role of specific neurotransmitter systems (dopamine and glutamate receptors) in the attenuation of heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine abuse. My doctoral studies in the Neuroscience Program at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine contributed to our understanding of the deleterious effects of common amphetamines of abuse (methamphetamine and ecstasy) on monoaminergic systems, and on memory.
Hailing from the beautiful, bustling islands of Trinidad and Tobago (land of the Steel Pan and Hummingbird), I enjoy cooking, dancing, going to the beach, and spending time with my family.
I have many professional passions! Visit the links below to learn more about my work.