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BS Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, UCLA
PhD Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology, UC Santa Cruz
Certificate Science Communication, UC Santa Cruz
Post Doctoral Fellow, UC San Francisco
I am an Associate Professor of Genetics and Molecular Biology at California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB). I hold a BS in Microbiology and Immunology from UCLA, a Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology from UC Santa Cruz, and a certificate in Science Communication from UC Santa Cruz. I have extensive research experience from the University of California San Francisco, where I worked as a post doctoral fellow and Tularik Inc., a biotechnology firm now owned by Amgen. I also held positions as a scientific analyst with the law firm Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann and Bernstein LLP in San Francisco, and content science editor with CTB McGraw Hill in Monterey
I have been a freelance science writer since 2001 and published articles in venues like Science magazine, Natural History magazine, and The San Francisco Chronicle. I also freelance as a science editorial and writing consultant for Riverside Publishing.
I teach Genetics, Advanced Cell Biology, Issues and Ethics in Biology, Eukaryotic Molecular Biology laboratory, and the Biology capstone courses. In my laboratory, I manage research projects that focus on the control of cell size in S. cerevisiae, in collaboration with Dr. Douglas Kellogg at UC Santa Cruz.
I am the molecular biology track advisor. I am also the faculty mentor for the TRIBETA biological honor society. I am the chair of Faculty Affairs, and am on the Strategic Planning Council for the CSU Program for Research in Biotechnology and have been a member of the national Genomics Education Partnership for more than eight years. I mentor McNair, UROC, and LSAMP Scholars and work closely with the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center at CSUMB.
Come and meet me to learn more about opportunities in my lab and with the organizations that I work with!