I am currently the Interim Dean of Science and Mathematics and an Associate Professor of Biology at Truman State University. The classes I have taught include Biology 145: Biology Freshman Seminar, Biology 107: Introductory Biology I, Biology 300: Genetics, Biology 321: Foundations of Genetics (non-majors), Biology 362: Embryology and Developmental Biology, STEM 101: Integrative Freshman Seminar, and STEM 105/110: Inquiry Seminar. My research focuses on embryonic development in C. elegans, and the use of C. elegans as a genetic model system for human biology, including cancer metastasis, wound healing and spina bifida. Please use the tabs above to learn more about my teaching and research.
I am also interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education, particularly in recruitment and retention of underrepresented students to STEM majors, facilitating transfer student success in their pursuit of a four-year degree after attending a community college. and interdisciplinary science and mathematics ventures. More about this can be found at the following website: STEP Office.