I think that cells are one of the most beautiful and diverse structures to study. I strive to help all my students appreciate that beauty and also understand the complex molecular workings of cells through study in the laboratory. Furthermore, I develop curricula and pedagogical practises that teach how to think like a scientist. I am committed to providing access and understanding to all students regardless of their high school preparation. In addition to my work in Biology, I am a Posse Mentor for LA Posse 5 (and a former mentor for NYC Posse 15).
Cell Biology and Genetics
In this introduction to modern cellular, genetic, and molecular biology we will explore life science concepts with an emphasis on their integral nature and evolutionary relationships. Topics covered will include cell membrane structure and function, metabolism, cell motility and division, genome structure and replication, the regulation of gene expression and protein production, genotype to phenotype relationship, and basic principles of inheritance. Major concepts will be illustrated using a broad range of examples from plants, animals, and microorganisms. Current topics in biology will be integrated into the course as they arise. (For students matriculating in Fall 2019 or later: CHEM 0103 or equivalent) 3 hrs. lect./3 hrs. lab
This course is for non-seniors wishing to conduct independent research in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Additional requirements include attendance at all MBBC-sponsored seminars and seminars sponsored by the faculty mentor’s department, and participation in any scheduled meetings and disciplinary sub-groups and lab groups. (Approval required).