1987 University of Illinois, Chicago, PhD in Pharmacology
1987-1991 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Post-Doctoral fellow, Neurology
1991 - 1996 Research Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology, University of Kentucky
1996 - 2002 Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology, University of Kentucky
2002 - Present Associate Professor, Department of Molecular and Biomedical Pharmacology, University of Kentucky
Research interests are in the area of hormone modulation of ion channels. Specifically, our studies address two central questions:
1) Do stress hormones adversely affect neuronal viability by altering calcium channel influx?
2) Under what conditions can steroid hormones have a beneficial or adverse effect?
Recent studies indicate that steroid hormones regulate calcium channel activity. Current efforts are focused on how these changes in calcium influx affect neuronal viability. Answers to these questions will help determine whether neuronal calcium channels are potential therapeutic targets for degenerative or traumatic disorders of the brain.