I am currently Associate Professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Sciences at McMaster University. I also teach genetics in the Department of Biology. My research interests in genetics are broadly in chromosome structure and function, and as a teaching faculty I design approaches that integrate genuine laboratory research into the undergraduate experience. I also explore the consequences of subtle but durable misconceptions for teaching core scientific concepts and methods.
Before coming to McMaster I was a postdoctoral fellow in Terry Orr-Weaver’s lab at MIT‘s Whitehead Institute. My work there identified novel regulators of the cell cycle. My doctoral research at Johns Hopkins University explored the structure and function of nurse cell chromosomes with Allan Spradling at the Carnegie Institution.