I joined Mount Aloysius college in the fall of 2014. Since then I have taught Genetics, Microbiology and Anatomy and Physiology courses. I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.S. in Expand for more
I joined Mount Aloysius college in the fall of 2014. Since then I have taught Genetics, Microbiology and Anatomy and Physiology courses. I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.S. in Biology and went on to earn my Ph.D. in Genetics and Developmental Biology from West Virginia University.
My research interests lie in the morphological and biochemical characterization of single and multigene mutants of ubiquitin specific proteases (UBPs) within Arabidopsis thaliana. My research in bioinformatic and phylogenetic analyses of ubiquitin specific proteases throughout plant and animal species has revealed conservation and divergence of UBPs amongst species. I’ve used plasmid construction/site-directed mutagenesis followed by DNA/RNA and morphological analyses to implicate the role and importance of gene domains and post-translational modifications to gene function. I also have experience in genotyping, phenotyping, southern blotting, SDS-PAGE, cloning, bacterial cell culture techniques, plant transformation, and various cell, DNA/RNA and protein purification methods.
I also have a passion for teaching and learning. My teaching philosophy is simple: to convey to my students just how enthusiastic I am about biology (particularly genetics and developmental biology) and opening doors via education; in turn motivating my students to excel in biology and throughout their college career. Ultimately, I want to give my students a foundation for life-long learning and connect biology to my students own lives.