Ph. D. Developmental Biology from the University of London, UK
M. Sc. Immunology, University of London, UK
I joined the Westminster Department of Biology in 2005. I teach Foundational courses in Cell Biology and upper-level courses in Developmental Biology and Animal Behavior. I also teach a non-majors, service learning course about Global Infectious Diseases, during which participating students design educational materials and lab kits for our partner high school in Malawi, Africa.
My research focuses on the neurobiology of learning and memory. Currently we are using ants as model organisms to investigate the molecular regulation or memory formation and memory retrieval during associative and non-associative learning . I have published previous research projects in journals such as Trends in Genetics and Developmental Biology. Now I work closely with undergraduates, several of whom have either presented their work at national or regional conferences, or have published their own work.
I am also co-coordinator of the Westminster College Neuroscience major and Chair of the Research Professions Advisory Committee (ResPAC).
I live in New Wilmington with my Husband, Tim. I am a Pittsburgh Steelers fan and have played football with Louis Lipps, Edmund Nelson and Mike Tomczak