I work with Jean Schmidt and Elia Crisucci to oversee the Foundations of Biology Laboratory courses (BIOSC 0050 and BIOSC 0060). These inquiry-based courses are designed to give students the experience of working like a scientist and practice skills that they can use in their everyday lives, as well as in a diverse array of careers. Our aim is to develop the growth of students into creative problem solvers, critical thinkers and collaborative team members. My role is to guide student growth as a teacher, and also ensure the overall growth and success of our courses through course administration, instructor training and curriculum development.
I bring to the classroom a background in basic research and some experience in clinical science and industry, which I love to share with my students and draw upon in my teaching.
After completing my BSc in Cell Biology in the UK, I worked in a hospital hematology lab before undertaking my PhD. I completed my PhD in the lab of Dr. Jelena Gavrilovic at the University of East Anglia, UK, in collaboration with AstraZeneca. My PhD focused on the role of a protein (called WISP3) in the process of osteoarthritis in the knee joint. To build upon my PhD experience I joined Dr. Rocky Tuan’s lab at the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. In Dr. Tuan’s lab I investigated the biology of adult bone-marrow derived mesenchymal stem cells. I joined Dr. Tuan in moving to the Department of Orthopedic Surgery here at the University of Pittsburgh to continue this research.
Now that I have completed my postdoctoral studies, I am delighted to share my experience as a scientist with our undergraduates and encourage students to graduate from Pitt with an open curiosity about our world.