Teaching is something that I have always enjoyed. I have a strong background in science, and with that, a desire to learn and to share that knowledge. Although I do not plan to pursue a career in teaching, it is something that I have always enjoyed and valued, and I try to include it in my life. As a graduate student, I received the Graduate Student Teaching Certificate from Penn State which involved training courses and 4 semesters of teaching. Additionally, I have been active for five years... [more]
I earned my PhD in Plant Biology from Penn State. The coursework included plant physiology and my research involved tomato breeding and genetics. Courses for my undergraduate degrees in Plant Science and Food Science included both animal and plant biology. Currently, I am involved in research on the germline of the soil roundworm C. elegans.
My doctoral work involved tomato breeding and gene mapping of genes for resistance to late blight disease. This highly destructive disease is caused by the oomycete (a fungus-like organism) P. infestans. The work required extensive knowledge of the behavior and life cycle of the organism. Additionally, I have experience with a variety of bacterial, fungal, and viral pathogens common to greenhouses. Courses include undergraduate microbiology and food microbiology, and two semesters of graduate level plant pathology.
I received a Bachelor of Science in Plant Science with a minor in Environmental Soil Science from the University of Delaware. During that time, I was an Ag Ambassador and a member of the Horticulture Club. I recently finished a Ph.D. in Plant Biology at Penn State where I studied tomato breeding and genetics. During that time, I was a teaching assistant for a class on Plant Breeding and Genetics; my responsibilities included running weekly lab sessions, grading assignments, and assisting students with their work. Additionally, I am a workshop leader with various community organizations where I teach botany, gardening, and seed saving.
I received a Bachelors of Science in Food Science from the University of Delaware where I learned basic DNA sequencing for foodborne pathogen identification. I later performed undergraduate research where I studied small RNA in Arabidopsis under abiotic stresses. For my graduate work at Penn State, my dissertation was on the identification and mapping of disease resistance genes from wild tomatoes. This involved RRL construction, SNP identification, QTL mapping, and various inheritance studies. During that time, I was a teaching assistant for a class on Plant Breeding and Genetics; my responsibilities included running weekly lab sessions, grading assignments, and assisting students with their work. Currently, I work as a laboratory assistant in the Biology Department at Syracuse University where I research epigenetics in the nematode germline.