I have always been drawn to molecular biology which led me to pursue a degree in biochemistry and molecular biology as an undergraduate. I received this degree from the Pennsylvania State University in 2015. During my graduate studies at Chatham University, I continued to focus on molecular work. My research and thesis were based on caffeine-degrading microorganisms in humans.
I began working at Pitt as a Laboratory Manager for the Foundations of Biology Courses (BIOSC 0050 and 0060) where I worked along side Jessica Robertson and a team of undergraduate students. As manager of this prep team, I oversaw the undergraduates as we worked to ensure that the courses had all of the supplies and equipment needed to run effectively.
I was drawn to teaching by my enjoyment of working with students and my love of learning. I have always appreciated active learning and being involved in lab work. Along with teaching, I am managing the prep lab and staff for the Sea-Phages and DNA Regulation courses (BIOSC 0067). Similar to my previous position, I will continue to provide supplies and equipment necessary for the success of these courses with the assistance of an undergraduate prep team.