Professor of Protein trafficking and functional proteomics
“As a scientist, I have been exploring molecular mysteries using a range of organisms and protein engineering tricks. My particular interests are protein transport mechanisms and rhomboid proteins."
"As an inventor, I am active in translating discoveries into patented applications and have experience in commercialization and the business of science.”
Research: Proteins moving in and out and around cells are not just proteins in motion. The movement of proteins around a cell signifies regulatory events. My research focuses on protein delivery processes and the role rhomboid proteins play in these mechanisms. To study these mechanisms, we routinely re-engineer genes and proteins in our experiments. We also study related mechanisms in different organisms, like bacteria, yeast, plants, and human cells.
Teaching: As an educator, I teach a variety of courses from introductory biology to the commercialization of biological research. I am often experimental in the way I teach, such as using lectures as study sessions. I also offer a course on the business of science using experiential approaches.
Course Topics: Cell biology, molecular biology, plant biology, biotechnology