1983 - Ph.D., Cornell University, Biology
1979 - M.S., Cornell University, Biology
1975 - B.A., University of Maine, Zoology
Research Interests and Background
My current research interests focus on the biochemistry and physiology of sterol metabolism by the nematode, Caenorhabditis elegans, and the potential use of this nematode as a model for studying endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs).
Directed Study Projects
My students are currently engaged in studies of alcohol metabolism in the nematode, Caenorhabditis elegans. We are investigating the isolation and characterization of the enzyme, alcohol dehydrogenase, the developmental expression of alcohol dehydrogenase, and the tissue-specific distribution of this enzyme. Further, we are also examining the effects of acute and chronic alcohol exposure on the life-history parameters of this nematode.