I am a microbiologist by training with a passion for science, learning, and teaching. I received my B.S. in Biology from the College of Charleston (CofC) in 2009. It was here at CofC that I began tutoring both introductory biology and organic chemistry courses. After a year of tutoring I became a Supplemental Instruction Leader for biology and chemistry courses at CofC. The Supplemental Instruction sessions were essentially large-scale tutoring events held once a week that I believe provided an optimal training experience. After college, I pursued graduate level training in Biomedical Sciences at The Ohio State University (OSU). In 2015, I received my Ph.D. from the College of Medicine at OSU in Biomedical Sciences with a special emphasis in Microbial Pathogenesis. During graduate school I fell in love with the field of microbiology and subsequently joined a laboratory dedicated to studying bacterial pathogenesis or how bacteria cause disease. I was also a guest lecturer for a laboratory techniques course as well as a mentor to a high school student for eight weeks. During this eight-week period, I taught and mentored my student to become proficient and independent in a research setting while also learning basic biological and microbiological principles. Currently, I am a postdoctoral research associate at Washington University School of Medicine. I continue to utilize concepts and techniques from biology, molecular biology, microbiology, and biochemistry to better understand the mechanisms bacteria utilize to cause human disease.
Outside of the lab, I spend my time with my fianc who I met in biology class at CofC. We love camping and hiking and we both have a passion for the beach, especially, the coastal area of South Carolina. Our dream is to own water front property in Charleston, South Carolina enjoying the Southern lifestyle. I like to stay fit by running and really enjoy playing the guitar. My career goal is to be a part of team that develops new therapeutic treatment strategies to combat multidrug resistant bacterial infections.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: College of Charleston - Bachelors, Molecular Biology
Graduate Degree: Ohio State University-Main Campus - PHD, Biomedical Sciences (microbial pathogenesis)
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is centered on developing optimal studying techniques and reinforcement strategies in order to generate long term retention of the material at hand.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
It is important for me as a tutor to fully understand what material you are seeking help with; thus, I prefer to communicate beforehand so that I can develop a tutoring plan specific for you. Then at the first session, we will jump right into the material and start to uncover trouble areas.