2008 - Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University. Immunology and Infectious Disease
2004 - B.S., Rochester Institute of Technology. Biotechnology
Project Name: Phage Hunters
Antibiotics are an essential component in the arsenal of treatments against infectious diseases. Since their introduction more than 75 years ago, antibiotics have saved countless lives and greatly enhanced both quality of life and life expectancy. Unfortunately, bacteria have evolved numerous antibiotic resistances, ultimately resulting in the failure of these lifesaving drugs. The CDC has estimated that more that 2 million people each year are infected with antibiotic resistant bacteria. Therefore, it is essential that a new mechanism for controlling bacterial infections be found. One such method is the use of natural viral predators of bacteria, bacteriophage. These viruses infect bacteria, causing the death of the host bacteria. My lab works on isolating, characterizing and sequencing bacteriophage of E. coli, P. aeruginosa, S. aureus and Bacillus species.
My teaching schedule rotates each semester. Below is a list of classes that I will be teaching in the upcoming year:
- General Biology I for majors (BI 103) - This course is the first of a two semester sequence designed for incoming science majors.
- Microbiology (BI 108) - This course is specifically geared to the Nursing students and concentrates on the clinical aspects Microbiology.