My research interests stem from my passion for translational research, coupled with my enthusiasm for the best possible outcome for learners. Most recently on the wet-bench side, we have completed projects in B- and T-cell lymphoma, including identifying new diagnostics and prognostics for mature B-cell lymphomas. Recently completed projects in the area of science education research in the lab include determining models for undergraduate student retention in the sciences (to graduation and afterward), how to build critical thikning skills within undergraduate and graduate students, the importance of developing a "science identity". Finally, our aim is to infuse genuine research experiences as a pedagogical tool in everything that we do. This method of inquiry provides exceptional training in theory, practice, and process for those involved, as well as a disseminated product to others.
Microbiology, Immunology, Cancer Biology, Discipline-Based Education Research Methods
Science Pedagogy, immune effector cell development and regulation, tumor-induced immunosuppression, B-cell lymphomas
As part of being a STEM Community Chair, I aim to provide collaborative opportunities across Colleges at UNO as well as in direct partnership with the greater Omaha Community and beyond in the areas of science and science education.
Awards and Honors
College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Outstanding Teacher Award, Teaching - 2017
Presidential Graduate Fellowship, Scholarship/Research - 2012
Ph D, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska, Genetics, Cell Biology, and Anatomy, Cancer Biology, Immunology, 2012
BS, University of Nebraska at Kearney, Kearney, Nebraska, Biology, Molecular Biology, Spanish, 2008