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.


Teaching Experience:  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.

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Guest Lecturer

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

Teaching Assistant

As an undergraduate and graduate student, I served as a teaching assistant for a variety of courses, including: Introduction to Biology; Organismal Biology; and Ecology, Evolution and Behavior.  I have also served as an undergraduate writing tutor.