Although I come from a family of accomplished teachers — my dad, a math and English teacher, was the assistant principal at my elementary school — I never thought I would choose teaching as my vocation. In a way, I was intentionally ignoring my own DNA. The inspiration to teach eventually came in the form of my freshman biology professor, Dr. Austin Brooks. It was simply enthralling to be taught by him because he made learning fun, simple, exciting, and lasting. Therefore, one of my life-long goals is to become an effective teacher like him.
My graduate training in molecular biology and genetics focused primarily on studying the evolution of plant mitochondrial genes and genomes. The result was a dissertation on why and how mitochondrial genes move intracellularly (from the mitochondrion to the nucleus) and horizontally (from the mitochondria of one plant to another). This inquiry was extended to the study of chloroplast genomes of marine and freshwater algae for my postdoctoral research at the University of Washington in Seattle.
At King University, I teach the following courses: Principles of Biology, General Biology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, and Evolutionary Biology. I have led many study abroad trips over the years and will continue to lead more in the future.
For leisure, I think I am a good student of cooking and love to hone my skills at classical singing. Also, the presence of my three sons necessitates constant upkeep of the house and their hygiene.
- Post-doctoral Research, University of Washington (Genome Science & Molecular Biology)
- PhD, Indiana University (Molecular Biology & Genetics). Dissertation: Intracellular and horizontal transfer of mitochondrial genes in grass evolution: pseudogenes, retroprocessing, and chimeric genes.
- BA, Wabash College (Biology)