I currently teach Exploring neuroscience in the Fall and Cellular neuroscience in the spring.
Our lab uses zebrafish, Danio rerio to model fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). Individuals with FASD have impairments in social behavior, learning and memory. We use zebrafish to study the impact embryonic ethanol exposure has on dopamine system, social behavior, learning and memory. We are also interested in understanding how members of the mechanistic target of rapamysin (mTOR) pathway modulate ethanol induced social, learning and memory defects. In broad terms we are interested in understanding how genes & the environment interact to affect the developing brain and subsequent behavior to better understand the biological mechanisms responsible for the behavioral and cognitive defects associated with FASD.
- Ph D, Cell & Systems Biology, University of Toronto, 2015
- MA, Psychology, University of Toronto, 2010
- K99/R00 Pathway to Independence , NIH/NIAAA, (2019 - 2024)
- NARSAD Young Investigator Award , Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, (2019 - 2021)
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- Fernandes, Yohaan, and Lovely, Charles C.. Zebrafish models of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. Vol. 59, Iss. 11 New York, NY: Genesis, 2021. (DOI: 10.1002/dvg.23460)