I completed a B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology with a minor in Chemistry at Adams State University. I was a volunteer science tutor for local high school students and underclassmen in the sciences. After completing my degree I took a post-baccalaureate position at the Los Alamos National Laboratories in New Mexico. During my time in New Mexico I was able to work alongside professional scientists in a setting where the work I was doing was directly applicable. This provided the motivation to pursue my graduate degree. I am currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Denver in Biological Sciences. I research the biology of aging, age-associated disease, and neurodegeneration. During my time at the University of Denver I have held a Graduate Teaching Assistantship which has allowed me to teach undergraduate students in General Biology, Ecology and Evolution, Genetics, and Cell Structure and Function. My time as a GTA and as a volunteer tutor has provided me with the experience of teaching several subjects in Biology to a broad range of student backgrounds and ages.
I believe that the key to learning, and more importantly understanding, Biology is building a strong foundation with the fundamental concepts. Like building a house, you must build a strong foundation to support the structure above. Weaknesses in the foundation will become apparent when you begin to add additional knowledge. My belief is that students struggling with Biology suffer from a weak foundation and it is important to strengthen the fundamental concepts to provide a strong knowledge base to build upon. I think that Biology is exciting and fun, and I try to make it fun for students in interesting and exciting ways.