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Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of Biology, Beloit College
Beloit, WI 53511


Classes taught:

  • BIOL 110: Human Biology
  • BIOL 141: Microbiology
  • BIOL 215: Emerging Infectious Diseases
  • BIOL 289: Genetics
  • BIOL 248: Cellular and Developmental Biology


Pedagogical research interests:

  • Quantitative assessments of critical thinking skills
  • Pre- and post-assessments of metacognition--what do students think they've learned vs. what have they learned?
  • Use of concept maps and other active learning methods as means of increasing learning gains
  • Efficacy of a primary-literature case-study format for learning genetics concepts and skills


Biology research interests:

  • Molecular plant-pathogen interactions, specifically between Arabidopsis thaliana and Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato DC3000
  • Poly(ADP-ribosyl)ation in plants
  • The role of genotoxic stress responses in plant innate immune responses
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