I graduated from Tufts University with a BS in biopsychology, and am currently an MD/PhD student working with Dr. Helen Barbas to study the neural circuitry of emotional learning. Our goal is to investigate the organization and synaptic features of the pathway connecting the amygdala, posterior orbitofrontal cortex, and thalamus. This circuit plays a key role in learning associations while maintaining behavioral flexibility, a process thought to be disrupted in psychiatric diseases such as phobia and obsessive compulsive disorder.
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