About Me

"Never lose your sense of wonder."

Hi there! I am an assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University. Prior to joining CSU, I received my Ph.D. in Pharmacology from University of Kentucky College of Medicine. My doctoral research focused on how aging and sex can alter neuronal networks in the somatosensory cortex of awake, ambulating animals. 

I have previously taught neuroscience, pharmacology, and anatomy & physiology at the undergraduate and graduate levels. At CSU, I teach neurobiology, pharmacology, and physiology across the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program and undergraduate programs in Biomedical Sciences and Neuroscience. 

Research in my lab focuses on how ungrading (or alternative grading) can shift students’ approach to learning and broaden participation in upper-level STEM courses. My other scholarly interests include using AI, online learning, and computer-based laboratory applications to enhance biomedical education. I also maintain an active research collaboration at UKCOM with Dr. Kristen Platt, developing virtual interaction prosection modules for graduate and medical gross anatomy courses. 

Outside of work, I enjoy taking care of my saltwater aquarium, playing with my puppy (Hippo!), tending to my garden, and spending time with my husband.


Certification, Team-Based Learning Fundamentals

TBLC, 2024

PhD, Pharmacology (Research in Aging Neuroscience)

University of Kentucky College of Medicine, 2023

Graduate Certificate, Neuroscience Instruction

University of Kentucky College of Medicine, 2022

BSc (Hons), Neuroscience

Morehead State University, 2020

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