As an evolutionary geneticist, I am interested in how environmental signals shape developmental responses. My work focuses on Saccharomycotina, a group of yeast species related to the baker's yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Within this group are human pathogens and industrially important species that display a great amount of diversity in the sexual processes and morphological changes initiated by environmental cues. I use classical genetics and genomics methods to examine how the mechanisms and regulatory networks underlying these processes have evolved.
Activities & Interests
When I am not in the lab or the classroom, you will probably find me on a hiking trail, sampling a craft beer, or working on my latest knitting project.
MB131 Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology
MB201 Laboratory in Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics
MB301 Bioinformatics and Genomics
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Conway Institute, University College Dublin, 07/2013-05/2016
Ph.D., Interdisciplinary Program in Genetics, University of Iowa City, IA, 09/2007-05/2013
B.S., Biology, B.A., Chemistry, Buena Vista University, Storm Lake, IA, 09/2003-05/2007
National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates, Microbiology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 05/2006-08/2006
National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates, Microbiology, University of Iowa, 05/2005-07/2005