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.
Growing up, I was always surrounded by animals. There was my brother's pet rat, the family turtle and bird, and of course the dogs. There were always dogs! In fact, every year we had a new puppy because we are "puppy walkers" for the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind. My family has raised puppies since I was in 6th grade, and also participated in the breeding program -- having 2 litters of Labrador Retreiver pups right in our computer room! This constant exposure brought out the animal lover in me, and I decided early on that I was going to be a veterinarian.
I most enjoyed classes in zoology, physiology and animal behavior during my undergraduate biology work at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. After two years of trying to get into veterinary school, I decided to move on with my life. I had to make a decision. What can I do with a degree in biology, and no interest in becoming a lab technician? Teaching was a logical, and surprisingly easy transition for me. I suppose all those years of teaching Sunday school have finally paid off!
Teaching at the Dolan DNA Learning Center is unique, in that I get to interact with different children every day and teach them some of the most exciting science they probably will ever be exposed to. I have the opportunity to learn more practical science than I did in any of my molecular biology courses in college, as well as the taking advantage of all the resources at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.
My mother teases that she hoped I would take this job, so I could find someone at the Lab to clone her precious dog Brandie. But that will probably never happen.