I'm a Neuroscience PhD Candidate researching Parkinson's disease at the University of Michigan.

My academic interests concern the neural circuitry that underlies normal and pathological movement. My long-term goal is to extend my laboratory observations to extreme environments (e.g., hypoxia and microgravity) and understand their operational ramifications (e.g., rescue and warfare).


✓ Du Da Mac Winter Duathlon, Zeeland, MI (January)

The 2018 Du Da Mac combines running and biking in beautiful and scenic Upper Macatawa Trails and surrounding area: 6.35 Mile Bike, 2 Mile Run, 6.35 Mile Bike.

✓ American Alpine Club's 2018 Annual Benefit Dinner, Boston, MA (February)

The 2018 Annual Benefit Dinner features a keynote from Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, the first woman to climb all 14 8,000-meter peaks—including K2—without supplemental oxygen or high altitude porters. This year AAC celebrates the 40th anniversary of the 1978 American K2 expedition and the first Americans to summit the Mountain of Mountains.

✓ Winter Trail Fest 13.1, Middleville, MI (March)

"Some call it Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Half, some call it the Winter Trail Fest Half some just think What The F... This race is not for the weak at heart or the cold intolerant."

✓ The Gupta Family Hackathon for Health Communication, Ann Arbor, MI (March)

The University of Michigan and alumnus Dr. Sanjay Gupta are teaming up to host a weekend-long hackathon to drive new ideas and tools for health communication. The charge: work together to identify and rapidly develop new approaches to solving the problems of stemming from poor communication of health information. ★ Best Presentation, see our Pitch Deck

✓ "Serious Series" Trail Weekend Half Marathon, Pinckney, MI (April)

This race, now in its 32nd year, started before a single knobby bike tire rolled around Potowatami Trail. Races start at Silver Lake Beach in the Pinckney Recreation Area.

✓ Society for the neural control of movement annual meeting, Santa fe, NM (May)

Since 1991 NCM’s annual meetings have provided a forum for leading edge research, scholarly debate, the interchange of ideas and a platform for many exceptional established and emerging researchers in the field of Neural Science. At the 2018 Annual Meeting, I will present a poster, Movement Initiation and Execution: The Invigorating Role of the Motor Thalamus.

✓ Aerospace Medical Association 89th Annual Scientific Meeting, Dallas, Tx (May)

The Association's annual meeting provides a multi-faceted forum for all aerospace medical disciplines. Lectures, seminars, panels, poster presentations, workshops, films, and technical and scientific exhibits present data on the latest results of clinical and research studies. No other meeting brings together such a diverse group of specialists - clinical health directors, physicians, scientists, and nurses from the armed services, civil and military aviation, academia, and industry.

✓ American ninja warrior — Air Force team, Grand Rapids, MI (August)

Look out for the Air Force team at Rockford Ninja Warrior August 10.

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