Assistant Professor of Biology
Currently an Assistant Professor in the Department
of Biology at Hofstra
University with teaching and research interests in Developmental Biology
and Molecular Genetics.
Research in my laboratory focuses primarily on the development of the
muscular systems. We use a combination of classic genetic crosses and
molecular genetics techniques to identify novel genes that are important
to the development of muscle tissue in the fruitfly, Drosophila melanogatser.
Techniques in molecular biology, cell biology and histology are used to
characterize these genes on a molecular and functional level. Recently,
we have also begun to study a mutation in Drosophila which affects
fertility. You can read more about this research in the Research
link. Students at all levels from high school to graduate school work
with me in the laboratory. You can read about their individual projects
in either the Graduate or Undergraduate
I teach courses in Human Biology, Comparative
Anatomy, Developmental Biology and Advanced Molecular Biology. I received
my Ph.D in Neuroscience from the University of Michigan but came to an
academic career circuitously through a previous career in Physical Therapy.
I have an active interest advising students who are intersted in careers
in the Health Professions. I am currently the faculty advisor for APHOS,
the student Pre-Health Organization.