Senior Lecturer of Biology
BS, Biology, Baylor University
MS, Biomedical Studies, Baylor University
Ph.D., Biomedical Studies, Baylor University
Major area of research
- RNA viral vectors
- Modern Concepts of Bioscience I (1305) and II (1306)
- Investigations of Modern Biology Concepts I (1405) and II (1406)
- Molecular and Microbiology Education and Research (1V90 and 3V90)
- Honors research
- General Microbiology (4401)
- Immunology (4301)
- Director of Course-Based Undergraduate Research
- Co-faculty sponsor BURST
- Undergraduate Committee Member and Student Academic Advisor
I began my career in science as a Medical Laboratory Technician and later as a Technologist in Hematology. I also spent 8 years teaching biology, chemistry, physics, reading, and algebra before returning to graduate school. I enjoy time with my family and my horses, serving on work mission teams, music, sports, gardening, refinishing old stuff, and learning new things.
I love teaching at Baylor. My main responsibility is the teaching of the introductory courses for science majors. I am especially interested in developing inquiry-based curriculum that incorporates research in the undergradaute teaching labs. I am currently offering the "Phage Lab", sponsored by HHMI and the Science Education Alliance. Baylor students have discovered over 100 bacteriophages and published the annotation of the genomes of 3 Mycobacteriophages and 1 Arthrobacteriophage.
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I have the privilege of mentoring motivated undergraduates who are interested in research. Working with undergraduates has allowed me to study a wide variety of questions. Over the years, my group has collaborated with Dr. Kearney to develop and utilize a plant virus protein expression system. We have also worked with Dr. Lee and the C. elegans model system to describe an isolated distal tip cell mutant. I also once worked with a student interested in studying behavior in captive snakes.
Most recently, my undergraduate researcher group has morphed into the M&M BEARS- Molecular and Microbiology Education and Research Students. We have been exploring alternative strategies to treat antibiotic resistant strains of Staphylococcus aureus, specifically blue light photoinactivation and phage therapy.
Baylor is such a great place to learn and grow. I have a desire to model to students how to be life-long learners; to encourage students to ask questions and to grow in their ability to think at a higher level. It is also important to me to model to students that a career in science can easily go hand-in-hand with a life of faith.