Teaching & Mentoring Philosophy

I enjoy teaching because I enjoy a challenge, and I believe that guiding students as they learn how to confront (and enjoy!) new intellectual challenges should be my central role as an educator. As a research mentor, I strive to recruit students from diverse backgrounds and create laboratory experiences that inspire them to learn new things about themselves and the world around them. I believe that laboratory research can provide a fantastic opportunity to try and fail and try again, to learn how to navigate obstacles and work as a community of scholars to advance human understanding.


developmental biology @ southwestern (fall 2019)

In this course, students will explore early vertebrate development through the lens of adaptive self-organization. Students will also consider the relationship between development and evolution. In the laboratory, students will simulate the process of starting up their own developmental biology research groups.

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explorations in biology @ southwestern (fall 2019)

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Science is a uniquely powerful source of information about the natural world, but it can be challenging to evaluate scientific findings and apply them judiciously to complex and potentially controversial questions. In this course, students will use neurobiology to develop skills in evaluating and applying scientific information.


Frontiers in Neuroscience @ cornell (spring 2015)

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Using primary literature, presentations, and group activities, students learned about innovative technical approaches to neuroscience - their strengths and their weaknesses - and how these approaches are being used to advance scientific understanding.

Course Syllabus

Weekly Assignments: Lit Review & Follow-Up

Group Activity: Mock NIH Grant Review Committee


training in undergraduate teaching

training in science communication & outreach

  • Invited participant, ComSciCon Cornell (2015)

  • Community outreach program at the St. Louis Science Center (2007-08), as part of a Cognitive, Computational & Systems Neuroscience IGERT training grant