Assistant Professor of Biology
I received my Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. My research training includes postdoctoral research positions at the University of Pennsylvania and Penn State Cancer Institute. I am currently a 2018 Keystone Symposia Fellow, Biology Division Councilor for Council on Undergraduate Research and Ambassador for American Society for Cell Biology.
I am a molecular cancer biologist with interest in cell death signaling pathways. I study differences between human normal cells and cancer cells, in the hope of exploiting these intracellular differences to strategically cause cell death in cancer cells but not normal cells.
I have 13 years experience teaching undergraduates. I am a dedicated mentor and educator. I strive to provide my undergraduate students with an authentic research experience that will aid in their acceptance into competitive graduate programs or health-related jobs.
To date, I have mentored twenty undergraduate research students in my laboratory at Stetson University. My former research students are currently in graduate schools at Florida State University and University of Notre Dame, medical schools at Florida International University and Mercer University; and dental schools at University of Florida and University of Buffalo.