University Professor integrating laboratory research with undergraduate education. Background in marine biology, systematics, ecology, molecular biology and protein biochemistry. I train undergraduate research assistants in my laboratory and prepare students for graduate and professional schools and work in industry.
My research focuses on the evolution, physiology and biochemistry of alpha crystallins, a group of small heat shock proteins that protect cells against stress and are implicated in numerous diseases such as lens cataracts, Parkinsons, Alzheimers and cancer. My students and I use the zebrafish and other fish species as models to investigate alpha crystallin function.