I joined the Westminster Department of Biology in the fall of 2009. I teach Cell and Molecular Biology, Cancer Biology, and Nuclear Structure and Function, as well as a number of introductory courses for the major and the Westminster liberal arts curriculum.
I have Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry from Brown University and performed post-doctoral research at the University of California, San Diego while also teaching at San Diego State University.
My biological research interests focus on the process of nuclear export, using human tissue culture cells to study how proteins exit the nucleus via the nuclear pore. In addition my students and I research the effect of chemotherapy on nuclear transport during cell death.
I also have a strong interest in educational research, and my current studies involve determining the effectiveness of personal response systems (clickers) in small, advanced topic courses as well as developing methods for incorprating scientific literature and data analysis into the classroom.
In addition to my role in the Biology Department I also serve as the Co-Director of Westminster's Drinko Center for Undergraduate Research and am the co-chair of ResPAC, which serves the needs of STEM students who have an interest in a career in scientific research.
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I am also the Chair of the Biology division of CUR (Council on Undergraduate Research), and a member of the CUR executive board. The mission of CUR is to support and promote high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship.