Ph.D. 2003 Pennsylvania State University; Cell and Molecular Biology
BA 1995 Asbury College; Chemistry
At Asbury since 2006
Courses: Cell and Molecular Biology, Genetics, Immunology, Biochemistry
When I was a student at Asbury I developed a passion for missions. Since then, I have been blessed with two opportunities to travel abroad and spend time in Kenya. The lessons I learned from the Kenyan people are powerful and will always be with me. I hope to continue participating in short term missions in the years to come.
My work thus far has focused on normal mammary gland biology. Our knowledge of normal development is central to our understanding of disease. This research has provided a basis for ongoing studies related to breast cancer.
I hope to continue working in collaboration with scientists on other campuses who are interested in this topic.
I enjoy spending time with friends, family and my dogs. I also enjoy spending time surrounded by the beauty of God’s creation. That can be in the form of solitary time at a nature preserve or with friends hiking in the state and national parks. For me, it also includes spending time in my garden, where I love to grow tomatoes, peppers, zucchini and herbs.
Selected Publications and Presentations
- Epithelial-specific and stage-specific functions of IGF-I during postnatal mammary development. Endocrinology, 2006. [Epub-preprint]
- "Evidence for Serotonin Receptor Signaling in Normal Breast Epithelial Cells." Endocrine Society 87th Annual Meeting (2005).
- Growth factor regulation of cell cycle progression in mammary epithelial cells. Journal of Mammary Gland Biology and Neoplasia (2004)