Professor of Biology
B.A. University of Wisconsin (1984)
Ph.D. Harvard University (1993)
My first exposure to research was as an undergraduate (then research tech) in the lab of Julius Adler and the University of Wisconsin, where I studied chemotaxis in E. coli. When I rotated in Bill Gelbart's lab at Harvard, I became interested in chromosome structure and behavior and fell in love with Drosophila genetics. My thesis project revolved around the phenomenon transvection, which is a genetic interaction that is dependent on chromosome pairing. I carried these interests to my postdoctoral studies in Scott Hawley's lab at UC Davis, where I began to study mechanisms of meiotic recombination. I have continued these investigations in my own lab and expanded to study mechanisms of mitotic recombination and related questions.
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Award and Honors
- Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) (2011).
- Glen Award for research into biological mechanisms of aging (2008).
- Ellison Medical Foundation New Scholar Award (2000).
- Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell Cancer Research Fund postdoctoral fellowship (1995).