Education

  • Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • B.S. University of Tulsa

Background

I am a biochemist and microbiologist interested in using protein structure and function to understand how the human gut microbiota interacts with nutritional and medicinal compounds.

Prior to coming to Davidson, I conducted postdoctoral research in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology at the University of Michigan. There I focused on fiber degradation by a group of bacteria called the Bacteroides. During my postdoc, I also taught in the Citizen Science program at Bard College which fostered my commitment to bringing science education to all members of our society.

I completed my PhD in Biochemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This is where I first became interested in the human gut microbiota while focusing on how many of these bacteria can interact with a chemotherapy drug, irinotecan, to cause severe side effects. I also contributed to a drug discovery project that has identified inhibitors to these microbial proteins that show promise in decreasing these harmful side effects of irinotecan.