Plant Metabolic Engineering
Along with campus colleagues I am a steward of a recently acquired plant cell culture collection that is a discovery platform for new molecules with industrial, pharmaceutical, and agricultural applications. Our efforts are supported by the National Science Foundation and the UMass Amherst Center for Food, Agriculture and the Environment. This collection is maintained and distributed to the research community by the Institute for Applied Life Sciences Cell Culture core facility https://www.umass.edu/ials/pccl-database.
I am collaborating with campus colleagues on the UMass Amherst ADVANCE IT project https://www.umass.edu/diversity/advance funded by the National Science Foundation to develop systemic and sustainable approaches to advance gender equity in ways that involve all faculty on campus.
I am a member of the leadership team funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Inclusive Excellence Program to increase institutional capacity for inclusion of all science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) majors. https://www.umass.edu/newsoffice/article/umass-amherst-receives-1-million-enhance
- BA Biology, UC Santa Cruz
- PhD Biology, California Institute of Technology
- Postdoc, The Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research