• Postdoctoral fellow, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, 1996-2001
  • PhD, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, MA, 1990-1996
  • BS, Wheaton College, MA, 1986-1990


Molecular Development (Organogenesis: Development, Remodeling, Regeneration)

Research Interests

Graduate Research Areas: Developmental BiologyGenetics and Molecular Biology, and Cell Physiology

The primary objective of our research is to understand how functional organs are created. During development cells are constantly bombarded with signals from neighboring cells (i.e. growth factors) and from their local environment (i.e. temperature, pH). Upon receiving these cues, cells must properly interpret these signals and subsequently respond in an appropriate manner. Although many of the mysteries of biology have been revealed over the years, we still lack a thorough understanding of the cellular language (molecular mechanisms) used by organisms to create and pattern tissues and organs. My laboratory three distinct processes to gain a more complete understanding of how organs are created including: (1) organ development and patterning — role of the Notch signaling pathway during nephrogenesis (kidney development) and cardiogenesis (heart development) (2) organ remodeling — induction of precocious metamorphosis after exposure to herbicide, and (3) organ regeneration — repair of injured nephric tissues via regenerative processes.

The results of our investigations will contribute to the understanding of proliferative and degenerative kidney diseases, and the possibility of harnessing the regenerative capabilities of nephric tissues as part of future therapeutic interventions. Consequently, the basic scientific studies of today hold great promise in many areas of human adult and child health, where the discoveries of today develop into the treatments of tomorrow.

"Our real teacher has been and still is the embryo, who is, incidentally, the only teacher who is always right." - V. Hamburger (1900-2001)

Teaching/Courses Taught

Biology 13: Cells and Organisms
Biology 52: Experiments in Cell Biology Laboratory
Biology 182: Seminar Cell Signaling: Life, Death, and Disease
Biology 260: Teaching Biology: Pedagogy and Practice