I am a biologist with interests in mitochondrial DNA and sex chromosomes.
I am a learner and a teacher with interests in STEM identity, belonging, and metacognition.
I am an Associate Director of the University of Pennsylvania Center for Teaching and Learning.
I promote inclusion in STEM and higher ed by facilitating belonging and creating accessible education resources.
I take an active-learning approach to my teaching whenever possible. Evidence suggests that lecturing only benefits one type of student, while incorporating active-learning into the classroom benefits all students. Active learning methods especially benefit students who might otherwise struggle in the classroom.
I am passionate about mentoring students and teaching the scientific method. Some students do not imagine that they can be scientists and simply need an opportunity to try it out. I encourage students to learn from mistakes and embrace failure in my experiental classroom. I develop laboratory materials and resources to make experimentation easier and clearer for new scientists. I also mentor undergraduate students in Maulik Patel's lab.
I am so grateful to work with Vanderbilt's Center for Teaching to hone my skills in education. I have served as a Graduate Teaching Affiliate. In this role, I have developed curricula and led orientation for new Teaching Assistants (TAs) to Vanderbilt. I have developed materials to educate TAs on best practices for helping students with disabilities thrive in their classrooms. I have also developed materials and hosted a workshop to promote student belonging in the classroom.