Associate Professor of Biology
Protein biochemistry, Protein folding and aggregation, Biology Education
Although, I received my Ph.D from MIT in 2004 for studying protein folding and aggregation, my true passion has always been in biology teaching and education. I was an education research post doc for two years in the HHMI Education Group at MIT and focused primarily on biological education research and the importance of concept-based teaching and learning in biology.
I have recently recognized the need for better biological preparation at the high school level and am actively involved in several secondary education efforts. I am currently a faculty advisor to the United States Biology Olympiad Team involved in exam preparation, student advising and instruction, and program redesign. I am also involved in counseling area high school biology teachers in methods to incorporate college level molecular biology labs into their classrooms.
In light of my interest in protein structure, I am studying the importance of learning and manipulation of biological macromolecules in 3-dimensions. I am currently part of a collaboration with the Biology, Physics, and Academic Computing Departments at MIT to create a free, scalable 3D visualization software engine that may easily be manipulated by students, but has the flexibility and functionality to be used by advance protein biochemists. I am hoping to incorporate this program into the Brandeis curriculum.
Here at Brandeis, I will be teaching the introductory biology lab course and a graduate level molecular biology course. I hope to incorporate elements of protein folding and aggregation studies into the introductory biology laboratory and to mentor undergraduate and graduate students biology students interested in pursuing teaching careers.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ph.D.
U Mass Amherst, B.S.
Awards and Honors
National Academies Education Fellow in the Life Sciences (2012)
Louis Dembitz Brandeis Award for Excellence in Teaching (2010)
Cambridge Who's Who (2006)
HHMI Postdoctoral Biological Education Fellowship (2004)
The National Chancellor's List (2004)
American Institute of Chemists Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Studies (2000)
George R. Richardson Award for excellence in Undergraduate Research in Chemistry (2000)
NIH Graduate Training Fellowship (2000)
Phi Kappa Phi (2000)
The National Dean's List (2000)
Henry N. Little Fellowship for excellence in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (1999)
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|BIOL||102b||Structural Molecular Biology|
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