I am a molecular, cellular, and developmental biologist with experience in animal and plant systems. I am interested in how cell lineages are coordinated, as this enables us to better understand flexible cell fate potential and opportune regenerative processes – and address the question: what are all the ways to build a functional organ, such as a heart? We have much to learn about what is possible in biological systems and how to apply these concepts to improve human health and climate change outcomes. I also have training in intersectional gender studies and science education, and I am committed to working with students, faculty, and staff to create supportive and inclusive learning communities, as well as ensure that students are prepared for the workforce beyond the classroom.
I teach courses with a focus on molecular, cellular, and developmental biology. This year, I am teaching Developmental Biology and Cellular and Molecular Biology of Human Disease. Over the summer, I serve as the scientific curriculum advisor for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center postbac program, and I also teach modules on foundational laboratory methods and ways of thinking.
2023 - present; Acting Assistant (Teaching) Professor, University of Washington, Biology