Biographical Sketch

My background in neuroscience, pharmacology, biochemistry, and pathology supports my teaching a wide range of courses. I have an intense interest in the mechanisms underlying disease processes, the body’s response to disease, and how patterns of disease change geographically and historically. I am fortunate that Cornell College gives me full range to develop courses for both nonmajors and majors (biology and biochemistry/molecular biology) that encompass these interests. My research interests are very diverse ranging from investigations into the pathogenesis of the neurodegenerative diseases to the neurotoxins delivered by particular species of fire coral. Besides teaching, I have an administrative role at Cornell College. I am the director of Dimensions: The Center for the Science and Culture of Healthcare.

Academic History

  • Postdoctoral Fellow in Neuropathology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 1989
  • PhD in Pharmacology, University of South Alabama, 1985
  • BS in Biomedical Sciences, University of South Alabama, 1980
  • BS in Zoology, University of Oklahoma, 1976