I obtained my PhD from the City University of New York in Neuroscience, followed by a Postdoctoral fellowship at the Columbia university in New York. During the latter, I completed two projects: 1.) I investigated the neural mechanisms underlying the innate fear response early in life, examining the function of components of the fear circuit by blocking the actions of the primary inhibitory neurotransmitter (GABA) in three different regions of the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC). 2.) I developed novel assays of sociality in rodents and investigating the congenital overexpression of the D2 receptor on social interaction. Following my postdoctoral training, I joined PsychoGenics, a contract research organization, where I managed multiple, simultaneous, custom pharmacological and phenotyping projects for disorders of the central nervous system. I served as the PI on 3 major IACUCs, working with the IACUC chair and safety committee in an AAALAC-accredited, barrier facility and with supervisors and staff to create and maintain animal use protocols, standard operating procedures, records, and training records. Subsequently, I joined Cohen Veteran Bioscience as a program manager.