Professor of Developmental Biology
“We study the molecular and genetic mechanisms that control animal development”
Research: We use the genetic model organism Caenorhabditis elegans to study how animals develop. The transparency and distinct anatomy of C. elegans allow us to analyze development at the single cell level. My lab uses genetic, molecular biology, biochemistry, and state of the art video microscopy techniques to elucidate the genetic and molecular mechanisms that control cell shape, cell movement, cell division and cell fate.
Teaching: I have been lucky to teach the subjects that I am passionate about and my goal is to get students excited about the material. I believe that students should want to learn rather than have to learn. I focus my lectures on problem solving and critical thinking.
Course topics: Genetics, Molecular Biology, Developmental Biology