I am conducting a DPhil under the co-supervision of Elizabeth Tunbridge, in the Department of Psychiatry, and Mark Walton, in the Department of Experimental Psychology. My research focuses on the regulation of striatal dopaminergic transmission and its mediation of reward-guided behaviours. I use a combination of operant behavioural tasks, pharmacological intervention, and fast-scan cyclic voltammetry in my investigations.
I developed my interest in dopamine while researching the neuroanatomical basis of reproductive decision making in songbirds for my bachelor’s degree at Scripps College in the U.S.A. I then continued to pursue research on the mesolimbic dopamine system while on a Fulbright research grant at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, where I used in vitro electrophysiology to study the cellular and circuit basis of addiction in Christian Lüscher’s laboratory. In 2011, I began the Wellcome Trust 4-Year Doctoral Programme in Neuroscience at Oxford, completing projects with Elizabeth Tunbridge and David Bannerman and then with the Auditory Neuroscience Group during the MSc before beginning my DPhil.