1. What is your professional background?
Prior to joining the Center for Undergraduate Research in 2013, I was an NIH IRACDA Postdoctoral Fellow, which included time spent in the lab studying neural development with Dr. Erik Lundquist and time spent in the classroom teaching at Haskell Indian Nations University. My teaching experience includes courses in biology as well as courses aimed at introducing first year students to their major, research, and/or the university.
My professional experience draws on my academic and research experiences earning a B.S. in Biology from the University of Kansas and a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I conducted undergraduate research at KU and have mentored many students conducting research projects at KU, UW-Madison, and Haskell Indian Nations University.
2. What is your background in research?
My research training and experience have been focused in developmental cell biology. In the past, I utilized genetic, biochemical, and microscopy-based approaches to study germline stem cells, cell fate decisions, and axon guidance. You can check out my research publications here.
3. What do you do at the Center for Undergraduate Research?
At the Center, I am responsible for designing, implementing, and evaluating student programs. I enjoy working with the KU Research Ambassadors to spread the word about undergraduate research through campus events, class visits, and admissions visits. Students meet with me during office hours and by appointment to help them develop a plan to get involved in research. As students gain research experience, they might see me at research skill workshops.I also coordinate the Research Experience Program (REP) certification, Undergraduate Research Awards (UGRAs), and Travel Awards.