I am an Assistant Professor at SUNY Plattsburgh. I study the evolution and molecular basis of aging using Drosophila and social insects. This year I am teaching Cell Biology (Bio 401), Communicating Biology (Bio 380) and General Genetics (Bio 305).
Website updated: May 30, 2013
Looking forward to:
Understanding molecular stress responses in ants from climate change.
As long as my old classmates and I are following each other around the world (Sara and Ken), we went ahead and got a NSF REU supplement grant to fund an undergraduate from PSU (Skyler Resendez) to work at their lab at UVM for two months on a climate change project that Sara is doing with Nick Gotelli. The project will be looking at heatshock gene expression and how various climate associated stressors interact with this fundamental stress response in social insects.
Recovering from, and reloading Cell Biology and Genetics for the coming year.
Big plans for a new lab in Cell Biology (Bio 401) are going to keep me busy this summer working out the specifics. Genetics (Bio 305) also desperately needs a new approach requiring much preparatory work. Summer does not mean a break for me, just the luxury of time to think and play in the lab! And a huge backlog of writng projects.
Settling into our new space.
We finished moving the department to a newly renovated Hudson Hall. This year will be the first year in the new space with new labs, new offices and loads of new equipment. The faculty and labs more closely located so we should be seeing a lot more of each other, which should be a good thing right?