I believe in science education for all, formal or informal, across multiple platforms. My efforts focus on broadening access to and persistence in STEM careers. Much of my work targets populations historically underrepresented in the sciences. I liken my work to building a ramp - if it’s there, everyone can use it, both those that need it and even people who would have otherwise taken the stairs.

I am the co-host of Dope Labs Podcast with Dr. Titilayo Shodiya. Our podcast seeks to educate, empower, and entertain those that are most commonly excluded from the scientific narrative.

I am the Program Manager of the Biological Sciences Graduate Program in the College of Computer, Math, & Natural Sciences at the University of Maryland.

Prior to joining Maryland, I was an assistant professor in the biology department at Gettysburg College, where I taught cell biology and introductory biology. You can learn more about the students in my lab and their individual projects here. As a Derrick K Gondwe fellow and visiting assistant professor in the Biology Department at Gettysburg College, I taught Introductory Biology and Microbiology. I trained students to use molecular and microbiological techniques to identify and characterize biofilms in the built environment.

I earned my PhD in Genetics & Genomics and Cellular & Molecular Biology at Duke University in the laboratory of Dr. Kenneth Kreuzer. Prior to graduate school, I completed my BS in Biology at Hampton University in Hampton, VA.

SCIENCE OUTREACH:

Co-Host, Dope Labs Podcast (supported and funded by Spotify, Inc. - Read more at “Amplifying Female Voices of Color Through the Power of Podcasts”)

Member, Board of Directors of Global Scholars Academy in Durham, NC.

Former Deputy Director & Co-Founder, Ripen the Meristem, Inc. (non-profit organization aiming to increase the interest and pursuit of STEM careers by traditionally underrepresented students)

Duke University 2013 Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentoring

Duke University Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) Graduate Student Mentor

Duke University SROP Research Mentor

Duke University Institute for Genome Science & Policy Program Mentor

Laboratory Mentor - Kenneth Kreuzer Lab, Biochemistry, Duke University Mentored high school students (Carl Yin & Sagar Shukla) from the North Carolina School of Science & Math through experimental design, execution, and presentation of results.

Science Coach, Building Overtures & Opportunities in Science & Technology