Teaching 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.

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

Course Instructor


In spring 2015, I designed and taught a new upper-level elective course in cutting-edge neuroscience methodology (Cornell University, BioNB 4200:  Frontiers in Neuroscience).  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

Guest Lecturer


In fall 2013, I delivered a series of three guest lectures in our department's course in nervous system development (Cornell University, BioNB 4930: Developmental Neurobiology).  Topics covered included neuronal migration, circuit formation, and the evolution of neuroscientific methods used to study developmental questions.

 Lecture: Neuroscience Methods

Teaching Assistant

As an undergraduate at Gustavus Adolphus College and a graduate student at Washington University in St. Louis, I served as a teaching assistant for a variety of courses, including: Introduction to Biology; Organismal Biology; Ecology, Evolution and Behavior; and Systems Neuroscience.  I have also served as an undergraduate writing tutor.