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 undergraduate teaching labs. I am currently offering the "Phage Lab", sponsored by HHMI and the Science Education Alliance and CILI-CURE, an inquiry-based lab in which students explore the diversity of ciliates in the soil.
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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 utilize a plant virus protein expression system, the C. elegans model system to describe an isolated distal tip cell mutant, and I also once worked with a student interested in studying behavior in captive snakes. The main objective is always to allow students to experience the process of science and see the relevance of biology to their lives. My undergraduate researcher group is now called M&M BEARS- Molecular and Microbiology Education and Research Students and we are focused on microbial genomics. We have been exploring alternative strategies to treat antibiotic resistant strains of Staphylococcus aureus, specifically blue light photoinactivation and phage therapy. Students are currently designing metabarcoding protocols to determine the diversity of ciliates in the soil and exploring the role that they play in this ecosystem.
Baylor is such a great place to learn and grow. As the co-director of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Achievement (URSA) I have another opportunity to support research for undergraduates. Each spring semester we sponsor "Scholars Week" where undergraduates can present their research. Overall, 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 use evidence-based decision making. 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.