The DNALC's multi-disciplinary staff has experience in elementary, secondary, and collegiate instruction; biochemistry and molecular biological research; computer programming; design, photography, fine arts, and interior design; science journalism; public relations and development; and opinion research.
High School Educator
I grew up in the woods of northeastern Ohio, collecting crayfish from rivers and splitting slate open in search of fossils. I always wanted to learn more about the natural world around me, so when I attended Kenyon College it was natural that I would pursue a degree in biology. During my studies I became especially interested in infectious diseases, specifically viruses, so after college I joined a research lab specializing in mosquito-borne viruses like West Nile Virus.
This research took me to New Orleans, where I pursued a Master of Science in Public Health in parasitology from Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. I extended my West Nile Virus research to the Louisiana swamps, dodging alligators while collecting frogs from the wetlands to take back to the lab. I loved this melding of lab and field research, so when I finished my degree, I continued my graduate studies at Colorado State University, participating in hantavirus-monitoring research on the western slope of the Rocky Mountains. While there, I earned an MS in ecology and began teaching the freshmen biology labs. With a newfound passion for education, I became a middle school science teacher, teaching life, earth, and environmental science in Wyoming while living in the South Dakota Black Hills.
While out west, I worked two seasons as a Park Ranger at Wind Cave National Park before relocating to Long Island. While it has been a long and winding road, I am very happy to be a part of the education team at the DNA Learning Center where we teach the next generations about the power and promise of genetics and molecular biology.