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Before coming to JCC, I worked as a Research Assistant and performed work aimed at developing mathematical frameworks used to model the biomechanics of motion of swimming organisms. This work focused on developing fluid mechanics and undulatory kinesiology computer simulation codes to characterize and assess the swimming performance of the micro-swimmers. Given recent interest in biologically inspired engineering, my and similar work may inspire the future development of artificial swimmers for use in targeted drug delivery systems, for instance.

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I enjoy nearly all aspects of the biological sciences.  I began my love of learning about biology as an undergraduate at St. Lawrence University. My graduate work focused on understanding signal transduction pathways in yeast. My postdoctoral work was focused on understanding the role of epigenetic changes in the aging process. 

Inspirational instructors have played a critical role in my continued pursuit of knowledge. My hope is to inspire the students of JCC to do the same.

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Early in my life, I discovered that mathematics is like a puzzle — it may be hard to find all the right pieces and at times may seem impossible, but it is kind of fun to do the impossible. This has carried me throughout my career and has inspired me to discover my true passion for teaching mathematics.

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I have been teaching and conducting basic science and educational research for nearly 30 years. I have been at JCC since 2003, and prior to this I worked at Michigan State University, State University of New York at Stony Brook, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and the Dow Chemical Company. I obtained an M.S. and a Ph.D. in neurotoxicology from Michigan State University. Recently, I was awarded an NSF/CCLI science education grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

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I have taught a variety of biology courses at JCC, including many of the core courses in biology. Since 2003, I have co-taught Tropical Biology, which has proven to be one of my most enjoyable courses. During odd-numbered spring semesters we spend the spring recess exploring the rainforests of Costa Rica and snorkeling the coral reefs of Bocas del Toro, Panama. Over the years we have witnessed the eruption of the Arenal volcano, observed nesting of endangered leatherback sea turtles and zip-l

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