Dr. Pocivavsek is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Neuroscience at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. She is a behavioral neuroscientist who obtained her PhD from Georgetown University and completed post-doctoral training at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Her laboratory focuses on the neurobiology of kynurenic acid (KYNA), a neuroinhibitory product of the kynurenine pathway of tryptophan degradation, and in particular on the role of this metabolite in cognitive processes in health and disease. Using rodent models wherein KYNA levels are up- or down-regulated, her laboratory is investigating relationships between of KYNA, sleep and cognition. Her overall focus is to investigate a novel mechanisms that may ameliorate poor sleep quality and cognitive deficits for individuals with neuropsychiatric disorders.