UT Tyler Department of Biology
Department: Department of Biology
Building: HPR 104
Doctor of Philosophy: Biomedical Sciences, Mayo Graduate School, Rochester, MN 2002. (Concentration: Molecular Neuroscience)
Bachelor of Arts: Biology, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA 1995
Bachelor of Arts, Literature, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA 1995
I am a proponent of “parietal lobe learning”; the philosophy that learning any concept is easier if more of the brain can be used in an associative manner. As such, my course materials use visual tools along with trigger words and parallel presentations to cue thinking about similarities, differences, and patterns. I also use critical thinking modeling, in an effort to teach how to use these skills to analyze, understand, and then re-teach concepts, to facilitate mastery and independent learning. It is also my philosophy that the role of a teacher is to facilitate learning by helping students to synthesize, analyze, and prioritize concepts, along with familiarizing them with resources for independent study.
My interest and research has focused upon translational medicine, neuron survival, signaling, neurogenesis, and learning and memory. As my work in learning and memory advanced, I became interested in crafting teaching methods to work with the neurological basis of learning. To apply these ideas, I attained a teaching certificate and taught AP courses at the Arts Magnet in Dallas for three years, then came to Tyler to teach here at the University for the Biology Department. Please see my complete CV for a list of publications.
Research and Teaching Experience:
Lecturer, Biology Department, The University of Texas at Tyler: August 2010 – Present
Teacher, AP Biology, AP Environmental Science, Biology, Dallas Arts Magnet: August 2007 – June 2010
Post-Doctoral Researcher, Neurogenesis and Drugs of Addiction, Amelia Eisch Lab, University of Texas Southwestern: June 2005 – June 2007
Senior Research Associate, Cell Signaling in Diabetic Models, Jed Friedman Lab, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center: December 2003 – February 2005
Instructor, Medical Microbiology, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, School of Medicine: June 2002 to June 2003.