Associate Professor of Biology, Department of Biological Sciences
- Introduction to Neuroscience
- Molecular Biology
- Senior Seminar
- Impact of environmental conditions on C. elegans behavior and development
- BA, (Biology), University of Delaware
- PhD, (Neuroscience), University of Pennsylvania
- Postdoctoral fellow, Yale University, School of Medicine
My lab is interested in understanding the molecular basis of behavior. Our approach is to use the model organism, C. elegans. C. elegans is a small roundworm with a simple, well-characterized nervous system, short generation time, and advanced genetics. These experimental advantages enable us to use genetics and molecular biology to study how important genes and signaling molecules control the development and function of neurons, and thus behavior. Because many of these genes and signaling molecules are similar between C. elegans and humans, what we learn about their roles in worms may help us understand their roles in the human nervous system. Currently, several undergraduate students and I are investigating how particular environmental agents and toxins affect the function and morphology of the C. elegans nervous system. I gladly train and work with several undergraduate Biology majors in my lab each year. Many of these students are working on their University Honors thesis projects. Our research has been presented at international meetings and published in scientific journals. Please visit my web page for a list of publications.
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