I am currently Associate Vice-Provost (Faculty), and Associate Professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Sciences, at McMaster University. As an educator and administrator I work to make science accessible, building bridges within the academy and into diverse communities. My earlier research in genetics focused on chromosome structure and function. As a teacher I design approaches that counter subtle but durable misconceptions about core scientific concepts and methods. I am the science and research advisor at the Great Lakes Trust, a charitable endowment supporting science, art, and advocacy for sustainable water futures. 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.