Immunology & Cell Biology; Cell Signaling
Introductory Cell Biology (BIO111)
Introductory Cell Biology Lab (BIO113)
Sophomore Seminar (BIO261)
Molecular and Cell Biology (BIO422)
Cancer Biology (BIO372)
Biology for Non-majors (BIO101)
My research interests are in the areas of cell biology, cell signaling, cancer biology, and immunology. The research focus is to study how cells move and communicate. I use small interfering RNA molecules (siRNA) to "knock-out" cytoskeletal proteins in the cell and to determine if the loss of a specific protein affects cell communication.
One of the projects involves how the reduction of specific cytoskeletal proteins affects the cell cycle and potentially contributes to cell death. Another area being explored are how decrease in a specific cytoskeletal protein may affect integrin (adhesion protein) signaling pathway. Another area of investigation is how inhibitors of T cell activation may impact T lymphocyte migration and signaling.
In all the research projects, I work with closely with my research students. They learn a variety of techniques, develop important analytical and trouble-shooting skills, and confidence in their research skills. Students present their work at regional and national conferences. Many of my former research students have successfuly obtained entry level research jobs or have gone on to graduate school (Ex. MD/PhD program, medical school, masters in nutrition, masters in physiology, masters program in prosthetics, Physicians assistants program, accelerated nursing program, research positions at Research Triangle Park, university research lab positions, pharmaceutical or biotechnology companies).