Morehead State University
Department of Biology & Chemistry
327G Lappin Hall, Morehead State University, Morehead, KY 40351
Tel: (606) 7832951, Fax: (606) 7835002
Last update: 8/6/2012 7:39:58 PM
My main areas of scientific expertise are in bacteriology & molecular biology. I enjoy conducting research in bacterial responses to environmental stimuli and the evolution and regulation of bacterial pathogenicity.
At MSU I teach microbiology to allied health, veterinary technology & biology students, and biology to non-majors and majors. (See Courses Taught). I also advise Biology majors and those with Biology minors.
My undergraduate training was in microbiology (B.S.) and biology (B.A.) at The University of Iowa, where I did research into bacterial bioremediation, biofilm & colony formation, and iron deprivation as cancer therapy. For my Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences, I researched the molecular evolution and genetics of the bacterium that causes the plague (aka “the Black Death”) with Kathleen McDonough at SUNY-Albany in New York.
After graduate school I did post-doctoral work with Eduardo Groisman at Washington University / HHMI on Salmonella pathogenesis. I then took an NSF teaching / research fellowship at Grinnell College to help integrate teaching and research into their undergraduate biology curriculum. I also worked with Leslie Gregg-Jolly on bacterial responses to DNA damage at Grinnell.
Associate Professor of Biology
Biological & Environmental Sciences
327-G Lappin Hall