I’m interested in structural biology questions, using microscopes and modeling tools to unveil three-dimensional machines inside cells. I work with students to appreciate the visual beauty of biology and understand the function and evolutionary relationships between structures. I prioritize teaching, with an active learning approach so our next generation of scientists, activists, entrepreneurs, and leaders have the skills necessary to make a positive impact. You can often find me working with students in the lab, designing new slime mold experiments to model big human problems like border policy and addiction, or in the Collaborative Modeling Center, creating 3D models of cells and printing our favorite structures with the laser 3D printer.
I study tiny machines inside cells, and their impact on our health and global environment. My scholarship includes cell biology, microbiology, and educational research.
I want to understand our community needs and make sure my program is accessible and welcoming to students who have been traditionally left out of science. Science relies on problem solving and collaboration and more diverse groups can be more creative, ask more questions, and interpret results differently. Diversity does not just enhance science; it is integral to its success.
SciTech Cafe Talk Promotion:
Visual Models for Understanding Biology
Oct 19, 9:30am, 101.5 & 107.5FM.
“Visual Models for Understanding Biology:
CryoEM of Bacterial Ultrastructure and Problem Solving with Slime Mold”
Oct 22, 6pm, Northampton Union Station.
Open to the public!
American Society for Cell Biology
“Modeling Human Problems with Slime Mold can Attract New Students to Science and Teach Important Skills”
Dec 8-12, San Diego, CA.
Have some questions about my research? Looking to book a speaking engagement? Looking to collaborate? Want to join the Plasmodium Consortium? Please send me a message and I'll get back to you ASAP. Thanks.