My primary career goal is to teach and excite people of all ages about the STEM fields, specifically neuroscience. I love teaching, both in traditional settings (like the college classroom) and in informal settings (science outreach, lay-person friendly public lectures, hands-on workshops). I have more than a decade of experience in science outreach with both children and adults.
I am a trained experimental scientist, and have done work in rodent behavior, histology, neuroanatomy, systems neuroscience, molecular biology and models of neurological disease. I received my degree from the Neuroscience Training Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As a member of the lab of Corinna Burger, I worked to explore genes that have been identified as involved in learning and memory in rodent models of aging via behavioral, cellular and molecular methodologies. I put my pedagogical training into good use as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology at the W.M. Keck Science Department of Claremont McKenna, Scripps, and Pitzer Colleges in Claremont, CA. By teaching both the important core courses for the neuroscience major and a course on Behavioral Neurobiology for non-majors, I enjoyed reaching out to students of multiple backgrounds to excite and educate them about neuroscience. As a Lecturer in the Biology Department at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, I taught both biology majors and non-majors, demystifying the scientific process in the lab and classroom.
More recently, as a consulting Documentary Researcher for Tangled Bank Studios at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, helped the editorial film team understand the science behind Alzheimer’s Disease and fine-tune scientific content for the lay audiences of PBS/NOVA. As the Policy & Advocacy Fellow at the Society for Neuroscience, I developed communication materials about science, policy, and activities of Congress for a variety of audiences. In my current position as the Associate Director of Education at the Center for Neuroscience & Society at the University of Pennsylvania, I plan to carry my interest in answering questions about how changes in the brain affect behavior forward into teaching and science outreach.