Engagement, Education, and Equity Director
It is easy to think of scientists as individuals conducting experiments and writing papers. Practicing scientists, though, must be much more than individuals working at a bench. They must be excellent communicators, collaborators, leaders, project managers, trainers, and more.
My role is to provide resources to develop the “whole scientist” – trainees who are well prepared to be leaders in their future professional homes. I manage the Morgridge Postdoctoral Fellowship and the Morgridge Professional Development Series, both of which are designed to enrich the experience of our early-career scientists through training, community building, and advising.
I also work with Institute researchers on some aspects of their public engagement. I’m passionate about breaking down barriers to STEM, and I enjoy working with our scientists as they seek out ways to connect with the public.
Areas of Expertise
- Science Communication
- Informal Science Education
- Program Management
- Biochemical engineering
- Microbial Metabolic Engineering
- Molecular Biology
- Bioreactor/Fermentation Biotechnology
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, 2008, University of California, Berkeley
B.S. Chemical Engineering, 2001, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)
NSF Pre-Doctoral Fellow