Welcome! I am a PhD level biologist and currently a postdoctoral fellow at Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. In my postdoc, I am using zebrafish to understand why patients with melanoma don't always respond to therapy. I completed my PhD in Cell &; Molecular Biology at the Van Andel Research Institute and University of Pennsylvania. Prior to my PhD, I completed a Master of Science in Biochemistry at Colorado State University. I have completed numerous college and post-graduate science courses, including cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, and cancer biology. In addition, I have been an adjunct instructor for general biology and a teaching assistant for two upper-level science courses (epigenetic and biochemistry).
In a typical session, I start with a review of the material to be discussed and end by working with the students to solve problem sets and exam questions. My teaching philosophy is built on allowing the student to take the lead and helping the student develop effective strategies in order to succeed in the classroom.
While a lot of my time is spent with the fishes, outside of the lab I enjoy spending with my two cats and deaf border collie - typically on the couch watching true crime or the Food Network. In addition, as an Alaskan, I love being outside and taking adventures with my husband.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Colorado State University-Fort Collins - Bachelor in Arts, English
Graduate Degree: Van Andel Institute - Doctor of Philosophy, Cellular and Molecular Biology
Exploring the outdoors The Food Network Scientific Outreach Spending time with my husband, two cats, and deaf dog
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Science
Elementary School Writing
Graduate Level Biology
High School Biology
Middle School English
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension