PhD Student and Research Assistant at University of South Florida (2012-Present);
Undergraduate student in Biomedical Engineering, City College of New York (2007-2010)
2007-2010: Undergraduate student in Biomedical Engineering, City College of New York, N.Y
2004-2007: Associates of Science, Chemical Engineering, Brookdale Community College, N.J.
2004-2007: Associates of Mathematics, Physics Option, Brookdale Community College, N.J.
My current reseach focused on the long term effects to plasticity of hippocampal cells when they are exposed to prolonged exposure of continuous (sinusoidal) weak electric fields. I investigate whether this exposure can induce collective or lasting (plastic) changes in brain function. To do this the slope of the excitatory postsynaptic potential (fEPSP) is monitotred, as a measurement of synaptic efficacy, in the CA1 region of rat hippocampal slices during 120-minutes exposure to weak (1mv/mm) sinusoidal field (1, 7 Hz) exposure, as well as 30-minutes post-field application. Controls are also done to compare the differences in slop of the fEPSP to one another in order to continue having accuracy with the experimental data.
My previous research is focused on testing the effects of direct current (DC) polarization on the skin to develop pretreatment protocols to be used with HD-tDCS. tDCS involves a weak direct current (<2mA) to be applied across the scalp in order to alter brain function. Since the spatial focality is limited with tDCS, a technique such as HD-tDCS was implemented to increase the spatial focality by passing current across the scalp using <12mm diameter electrodes. However, with these new advances with electrodes, comes needed advances in pretreatments in hope to alleviate the degree of discomfort and/or skin irritations during the HD-tDCS process.