BSc: University of
Alberta, Canada (Mathematics/Genetics, 1990)
PhD: University of Alberta, Canada (1998) Pilgrim
Postdoc: UC Santa Barbara, CA (1998-2003) Rothman
Biology Department (2003-2017), Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology Department (2017-2018), Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology Department (2018-)
Cooperating Faculty Member with Nematology, participant in Center for Plant Cell Biology (CEPCEB) and Institute for Integrative Genome Biology (IIGB)
Graduate programs: CMDB, GGB,
FacultyOpinions.com member (since 2006, formerly Faculty of 1000)
Academies Education Fellow in the Life Sciences (2006-7)
UCR Distinguished Teaching Award (2011-2012)
UCR Distinguished Teaching Professor (2016-)
Major campus service: Graduate Council (2007-2009, Vice Chair 2009-2010 and 2011-2012, Chair 2010-2011), Graduate Advisor for CMDB (2008-2010, 2016-), UCR representative on the Coordinating Committee for Graduate Affairs (CCGA) (2009-2011), Vice Chair of Biology Department (7/2012-6/2014, 7/2016-6/2017), UCR Academy of Distinguished Teaching (7/2016-), Chair (7/2017-8/2019); CMDB Undergraduate Program Lead Faculty Advisor (2016-2017; 2019-), CMDB Graduate Program Director (1/2017-present); EEOB Department Interim Chair (7/2017-9/2017); Interim Vice Chair, MCSB Department (8/2018-9/2018)
We use the nematode C. elegans and its close relatives as model systems to study the structure and evolution of gene networks that control early
embryonic development, to understand how embryos deal with stochastic differences in gene expression, and to study how these stochastic differences in early embryonic development can cause effects visible into adulthood. Details on our work can be found here and a list of publications here.
The C. elegans system features a rich repertoire of tools for gene analysis, such as a complete genome sequence, transgenesis, functional genomics, and reverse genetics, making it possible to get answers to biological questions on a short timescale. We are
always interested in adding to our research group. Please contact
me if you
In the area of undergraduate teaching, I have taught the majors Introductory Cell and Molecular Biology Course BIOL 005A since 2004, Animal Developmental Biology (BIOL 168), and more recently Human Genetics (BIOL 115). I have had a long-standing interest in using new pedagogical methods, most recently making a hybrid version of BIOL 005A in which the main course materials are delivered by videos, and for which I have received an ILTI award to bring this course fully online.
Undergraduate Teaching (current):
005A: Introduction to Cell and Molecular
Biology: 04F, 05F with Dr. Bradley Hyman; 06F, 07F with Dr. Nelson Thompson; 09F, 10F with Dr. Richard Cardullo; 11W with Dr. Raphael Zidovetzki; 12U; 13U; 13F with Dr. Anand Ray; 14U;14F with Dr. Jim Burnette; 15U; 15F with Dr. Joel Sachs; 16U; 16F; 17U; 18S; 18U; 19S; 19U; 20S. Hybrid format since 17U, Hybrid and Online since 2019S, fully online 20S and 20U.
- BIOL 115: Human Genetics: 18W; 19W; 20W.
Past Undergraduate Teaching:
- BIOL 020: Dynamic Genome Laboratory: 14W, 16W.
- BIOL 107A: Molecular Biology: 12S, 13S, 14W with Dr. Bradley Hyman. (not planned for the near future)
- BIOL 168: Developmental Biology: 04S,
05W, 06W, 06F, 07F, 08F, 09F, 10F, 11F, 12F, 13F, 14F, 15F, 16F. (no offerings planned for the near future)
- NASC 091:
Freshman Advising Seminar: 05F.
- NASC 093:
Freshman Advising Seminar: 08F, 12F, 14F, 16F.
- CMDB 202: Developmental
Biology (with other CMDB faculty) Spring quarter, 2004-2010, 13S, 14S, 20S.