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Ph.D. Molecular Microbiology, State University of New York, 2002.B.S. Biology (Salutatorian), State University of New York, 1997.
In addition to my formal education, I have conducted basic and applied microbiological research as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). As a NIH-funded Postdoctoral Fellow at UNC, I also received formal training in undergraduate science education.
I am a molecular microbiologist that conducts basic and applied research aimed towards improving diagnostics and therapeutics. My current research focuses on comparative bacterial genomics. Specifically, I am using a combination of bioinformatics and molecular biology to identify and characterize genes and gene pathways that have allowed select oral pathogens, including members of the Campylobacter genus, to adapt to, and cause infectious diseases in the oral cavity of humans.
My desire to teach biology as a career is best reflected by the training choices I have made and my experiences. In addition to teaching “Introductory Microbiology” as an undergraduate teaching assistant, I’ve also had opportunities to teach “Introduction to Biomedical Sciences” as a graduate teaching assistant and “Special Topics in Infectious Diseases” as a course director. As a fellow in the UNC-SPIRE Postdoctoral Teaching and Research program, I taught “Introductory Biology” and “Microbiology” at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Currently, I teach “Microbiology with Lab” and “General Biology I”. Through my teaching experiences, I have identified two significant challenges faced by biology educators: 1) creating an environment that promotes active learning, and 2) keeping students interested by highlighting the connections of biology to everyday life, without diluting the technical knowledge required to succeed in the science itself. As an Assistant Professor, I tackle these challenges by encouraging inquiry-based learning, creating collaborative learning environments, assessing learning frequently, including undergraduates in research, and using technology in the classroom.
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Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Blvd, South
Fort Myers, FL 33965-6565
(239) 590-1000 or (800) 590-3428