Erin earned her MD and PhD from the Medical Scientist Training Program at the School of Medicine, University of California, Irvine. She received her doctorate in the department of anatomy & neurobiology at the University of California, Irvine, under the direction of Oswald Steward, PhD. Her thesis focused on identifying and characterizing novel growth and regenerative programs in fully mature adult cortical neurons, and her work resulted in multiple first author publications, over 15 presentations at external conferences, and the procurement of grant funding from both private and government sources. Erin is committed to teaching and mentoring, and while pursuing her graduate studies she also worked as a teaching assistant for undergraduate genetics courses and mentored multiple high school and undergraduate students in the lab. Prior to matriculating at the University of California, Irvine, Erin completed a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry & molecular biology, with minors in mathematics and psychology at Mills College in Oakland, California.
During medical school clinical rotations, Erin discovered her passion for patients in the field of obstetrics and gynecology (OB-GYN). She is committed to improving our understanding of clinical problems at the intersection of OB-GYN and neuroscience; specifically, maternal factors that impact fetal neurodevelopment, fetal neurotrauma, and mechanisms of neural regeneration. Her current postdoctoral position at UCLA/UCI is a direct extension of her graduate work and aims to identify the genetic expression profile of actively regenerating neurons. As a visiting postdoctoral scientist at Cedars-Sinai, Erin is excited to apply her foundational experience in neuroscience and her commitment to women’s health to the HEALthy Brain and Child Development (HBCD) study.