Assistant Professor/Director, Transgenic Facility, Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine
3 years at UCF College of Medicine (November 2009)
Ph.D. in Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, Rutgers University & The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ, 1992
Recognition for accomplishments as a tenure-earning faculty member at UCF is an honor.
My early education started with a B.S. in Biotechnology degree in 1988 from the Rochester Institute of Technology. My Ph.D. mentor at Rutgers, Dr. Barbara A. Zilinskas, recognized my strengths in teaching and my ability as a research scientist. Scholarship and recognition for my contributions to cancer research was supported by Dr. Joseph R. Testa at Fox Chase Cancer Center. There, I received an NIH Postdoctoral Training Award, pilot projects for ovarian and pancreatic cancer, a Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation Research Grant, the Liz Tilberis Scholar Award from the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, and a NIH R21 grant for pancreatic cancer.
At UCF, my research focuses on genetic predisposition, tumor biology and targeted drug treatment. I am a member of the American Association for Cancer Research, have served on NIH and DoD study sections, and review for scientific journals. I am a member/co-chair of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, and serve on UCF and College of Medicine committees, including several student thesis/dissertation committees.
I mentor undergraduates, many supported by EXCEL, RAMP, PURE or HIM research programs, as well as graduate students. I team-teach Lab Methods in Molecular Biology, Structure-Function-Relationships of Biomolecular Sciences and Molecular & Cellular Pharmacology. Moreover, I have completed IDL6543 for Teaching Online to broaden mixed modality coarse material.
Overall, every day is new and challenging and I am very appreciative of the opportunity to be a successful contributor to the UCF community.