I completed my PhD at the University of Nevada, Reno in 2018, where I studied RNA regulation in the nervous system. I started by studying a novel class of RNAs, circular RNAs, and found they globally accumulate in the aging mouse nervous system. In addition, I investigated the in vivo role of extended 3′ UTR isoforms in mouse neurodevelopment. My background in developmental neurobiology extends back to my undergraduate and master’s research, where I studied the role of Robo repellent receptors in guiding cranial nerve populations in mice.

I am excited to generate novel tools to study cell biology and am enthusiastic to use the power of collaboration within and outside of UCSF.

In my spare time I love drawing/painting, hiking, and playing guitar.

recent publications

Gruner H, Cortés-López M. CircRNA accumulation in the aging mouse brain.. Vol 6. Cooper DA, editor.; 2016. (Sci Rep; vol 6).