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My research interests currently lie in Biology Education and include undergraduate career development, creating a community in the classroom and the use of social media.
I received my Master's Degree in Biology from Tufts University in Boston, after which I attended Emory University, in Georgia, for my PhD in Immunology and Molecular Pathogenesis. My thesis research was based on incompatible transfusions of red blood cells. I later worked in 2 post doctoral laboratories. I studied the immune reaction to influenza in mice and vaccinations in human clinical trials at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Immunology team, Influenza Division). I later joined a microbiology laboratory at Emory University to study Influenza infections in cell culture. I consider myself an immunologist with a specialty in virology and red blood cell immunology.
My recent reseach interests include biology education. I have taught classes since 2008 and aim to form communities within my classrooms. Outreach opportunities and igniting projects are always of interest. An example project was initiated with 2 Freshmen students who wanted to help during the Ebola outbreak. We designed a test strip that the university supported for a patent application to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.