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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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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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For 30 years, I have been a part of the international community of scientists as a researcher at several institutions, including the National Institutes of Health. I was also a member of the faculty at Pennsylvania State College of Medicine where I worked with Judith Bond, Ph.D., the current president of the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Dr. Bond is also the president of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.

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I absolutely love biology and sharing my passion. I teach courses in the health and environmental sciences, as well as the Science Undergraduate Research Initiative: Environmental, which is a research course. Our research has primarily involved field and laboratory research of freshwater systems, both stream and lake, and forest ecology. I have just recently stepped in as a co-instructor of the Tropical Biology Seminar course which includes a field experience in Costa Rica and Panama!

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