Tonya received her B.S. in biochemistry from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Geneseo in 2008. She then attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine for graduate school, and received her Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences in 2014. Her thesis research determined the molecular mechanisms of an epigenetic complex that regulates gene transcription in a yeast model system. Tonya then transitioned from basic biochemistry to clinical neuroscience research. Tonya is currently a Research Fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Jacob M. Hooker at the MGH Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging. Her ultimate goal is to identify novel treatment options for those that suffer from schizophrenia. To accomplish this goal, Tonya is combining in vivo human positron emission tomography (PET) with in vitro biochemical profiling to define epigenetic dysregulation in the living schizophrenic brain.