• Ph.D., M.S. University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
  • M.S., University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
  • B.S., Davidson College

Areas of Expertise

  • STEM career and faculty development
  • U.S. biomedical research policy and global health
  • Preparation of future physicians


I joined the faculty of Davidson College in July 2020 as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Biology after retiring as associate professor emeritus from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. I served on the GW faculty from 2010 to 2020 in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Tropical Medicine. During this period I held a number of positions, including director of educational programs for my department, co-director of a masters program in public health microbiology and emerging infectious diseases, executive director of faculty affairs, and membership on the M.D. admissions committee.

Prior to joining GW, I was assistant dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, associate professor of biology, and premedical advisor at Maryville University of St. Louis, Missouri from 2007-2010. Trained as a biologist (B.S., Davidson College) and microbiologist (M.S. and Ph.D., University of Cincinnati College of Medicine), my past research interests included modulation of neutrophil function and immunologic/antibiotic therapies against bacterial infections.

I have also held faculty appointments at Denison University, University of Tampa, Youngstown State University, and Mount Sinai School of Medicine; administrative positions in graduate (M.D./Ph.D.) admissions and graduate school administration at Mt. Sinai and Washington University School of Medicine; and corporate/foundation relations at Washington University School of Medicine.

I served on the Board of Education and Training of the American Society for Microbiology for six years, chairing the undergraduate education committee. In 1999, I organized and chaired a Gordon Research Conference on undergraduate microbiology education and in 1994 received the National Institutes of Health Director’s Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to the development of science education programs at NIH.