Welcome!

The goal of this site is to provide easy access to information and resources related to the courses I teach, the research we do in my lab, and other work I do for the college and the scientific community.

I regularly teach Bio110 (first semester majors-level Introductory Biology), Microbiology, and Biochemistry; and occasionally Research Methods, Genome Analysis, and non-majors courses. All of my courses have labs that I also teach. The course related information includes syllabi, assignments, lab protocols, and relevant links, but not PowerPoint files due to their inclusion of copyrighted images from the textbooks. If you are a Lyco student, the PowerPoint files are available on the course Moodle site.

The research in my laboratory focuses on characterizing novel bacterial species we discover in my Microbiology course. This has led in many interesting directions, particularly in the areas of Phylogenomics. We are attempting to assemble an easy-to-follow pipeline to help others describe new species. We will assist whenever possible, and welcome guests in our lab. We have sequenced more than 50 microbial genomes through GCAT-SEEK, the Genome Consortium for Active Teaching – NextGen Sequencing Group. Please visit the research page to see our progress.

At the college, I serve as the Chair of the Pre-Health Committee, am the contact person for Medical Technology and also am a member of the Promotion and Tenure, and Long Range Planning Committees.