The Vichaya PNI Group
I have been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience at Baylor University since August 2019. I earned a PhD in Behavioral & Cellular Neuroscience from Texas A&M University in 2011 and did postdoctoral training in the Neuroimmunology Laboratory at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
My research is currently focused on exploring the mechanisms underlying the development and maintenance of fatigue and depression in the context of cancer, stress, and inflammatory conditions, such as diabetes and aging.
I am also involved in teaching and mentoring at Baylor University. I teach Clinical Neuroscience (NSC/PSY 4319), an upper level undergraduate neuroscience course that dives into mechanisms and disorders associated with the nervous system, and Biological Foundations of Behavior (PSY 5323), a graduate course that aims to provide students with a broad overview of how nervous system drives normal function (e.g., learning, sleep, emotion) as well as pathology (e.g., drug abuse, psychiatric disorders). I also have the opportunity to work with a wonderful group of undergraduate and graduate students both within and outside of my research lab.
Outside of work, I have a wonderful family: my husband of 17 years, my son who is 6 years old, my daughter who is 3, as well as our newest addition, a tiny kitten named Ladybug. They keep me busy, but provide me much needed perspective. We love to read, spent time outdoors, and do puzzles and games together. As most of my recreational reading time is limited to children's books, you will often catch me trying to listening to audiobooks when at the bench or walking across campus.