B.S., University of North Carolina - Wilmington
Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
National Science Foundation International Postdoctoral Fellow - University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Scripps Postdoctoral Fellow
I have a broad interest in organismal physiological responses that regulate chemical tolerance (i.e., anthropogenic and marine natural products), and windows of cellular vulnerability of marine organisms to environmental chemical stress. My work aims to understand the molecular and cellular adaptations organisms use to cope with chemical threats in an ecological context. My research program takes an integrative approach using molecular, cellular, biochemical and metabolomic techniques to address how marine organisms have adapted and respond to their chemical environment. Currently, students in the lab are exploring chemically-mediated interactions between phytoplankton and bacteria that may influence bloom dynamics. In addition, I take an ecologically-inspired approach to help guide the discovery of novel marine-based pharmaceuticals. My innovative search for molecules to reverse drug resistance has benefited enormously from understanding the natural history of chemical interactions in the marine ecosystem. I am also interested in looking for druggable-targets in neurodegenerative diseases using C. elegans as a model. Since joining the Biology Department at Haverford, I am excited to take a leading role in helping students to explore new ideas, evaluate the world around them, and realize their full potential in the sciences.
My expertise ranges from cellular/molecular biology, biochemistry, toxicology, physiology and marine natural product isolation. I have given over 45 scientific presentations, lectures, webinars, and posters; and serve as a reviewer for 18 peer-reviewed scientific journals and governmental funding agencies, including the National Science Foundation and an invited Editor for Frontiers of Microbiology.
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