Division head for natural sciences; Deppe Chair of Biology; associate professor of biology
My background is in cell and molecular biology, specifically cancer biology. In my Ph.D. work, I studied the role of the vitamin D receptor in the development and progression of prostate cancer. My current research projects involve different strains of the yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae. We are investigating the ability of these cells to withstand oxidative stress, and assessing the potential of a chemical called cysteamine to protect cells from stress. Our hypothesis is that this chemical may provide protection in cells that have “broken” stress responses, similar to what happens in neurons in the early stages of neurodegenerative diseases.
In my spare time I play the cello and clarinet.