Wambura, a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Alexxai Kravitz at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), is a 2017–2019 CCB Fellow. For her research, she is focused on elucidating neural and behavioral mechanisms that promote compulsive overeating in obesity and binge eating disorder. Her long-term goal is to continue studying motivated behaviors as an independent investigator and educator.
Wambura obtained her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from University of Washington, where she studied the role of cholinergic signaling in cost-benefit decision making in the lab of Sheri Mizumori. In addition to research, she enjoys sharing her scientific interests and enthusiasm with the public. She has participated in many outreach, mentorship, and teaching activities, but she is especially proud of the annual neuroscience-inspired art show that she started with a friend in grad school. She also enjoys collecting yarn, knitting, weaving, and playing with her energetic dog.