ALS 2149



Post-doctoral, Linus Pauling Institute, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

Ph.D. 2003, Genetics and Cell Biology, Washington State University, Pullman, WA

B.A. 1995, Biology, Scripps College, Claremont, CA


Research Interests

My role in the classroom is to foster the creation of an enthusiastic learning community where new information prompts the inquiry, “Now that we know this, what questions can we ask next?” I guide my students to understand science as a process of inquiry, and to incorporate the scientific method as a pattern of critical thinking. My overarching goal for students in my classroom is to cultivate a deep, personal interest in lifelong learning in the molecular biosciences for the good of self, community, and the world.

My postdoctoral work focused on using micronutrients to counteract the age-related decline in cells’ own endogenous antioxidants via the transcription factor Nrf2. For my Ph.D. research, I investigated how the post-translational regulation of the proto-oncoprotein Pim-1 contributes to leukemias and lymphomas. My research interests converge on the relationship between diet, aging, senescence, and neoplasia over the human lifespan.