BSc: University of
Alberta, Canada (Mathematics/Genetics, 1990)
PhD: University of Alberta, Canada (1998) Pilgrim
Postdoc: UC Santa Barbara, CA (1998-2003) Rothman
UCR Biology Department (2003-2017), Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology Department (2017-)
Cooperating Faculty Member with Nematology, participant in Center for Plant Cell Biology (CEPCEB) and Institute for Integrative Genome Biology (IIGB)
Graduate programs: CMDB, GGB,
of 1000 Biology member (since 2006)
Academies Education Fellow in the Life Sciences (2006-7)
UCR Distinguished Teaching Award (2011-2012)
Major campus service: Graduate Council (2007-2009, Vice Chair 2009-2010 and 2011-2012, Chair 2010-2011), Graduate Advisor for CMDB (2008-2010, 2016-), UCR representative on the Coordinating Committee for Graduate Affairs (CCGA) (2009-2011), Vice Chair of Biology (7/2012-6/2014, 7/2016-6/2017), UCR Academy of Distinguished Teaching (7/2016-), co-Chair (with Prof. Juliette McMullin), 7/2017-; CMDB Undergraduate Program Lead Faculty Advisor (2016-2017), CMDB Graduate Program Interim Director (Winter-Spring, 2017), Director (Summer, 2017-)
Welcome! We use the nematode C. elegans and its close relatives as model systems to study the structure and evolution of gene networks that control early
embryonic development, and to understand how embryos deal with stochastic differences in gene expression. Over the years we have had collaborations with other faculty at UCR and elsewhere, covering such diverse areas as protein-DNA interactions, pathogenesis, fertilization and microfluidics. Details on our work can be found here and a list of publications here.
The C. elegans system features a rich repertoire of tools for gene analysis, such as a complete genome sequence, transgenesis, functional genomics, and reverse genetics, making it possible to get answers to biological questions on a short timescale. We are
always interested in adding to our research group. Please contact
me if you
005A: Introduction to Cell and Molecular
Biology: 04F, 05F with Dr. Bradley Hyman; 06F, 07F with Dr. Nelson Thompson; 09F, 10F with Dr. Richard Cardullo; 11W with Dr. Raphael Zidovetzki; 12U; 13U; 13F with Dr. Anand Ray; 14U;14F with Dr. Jim Burnette; 15U; 15F with Dr. Joel Sachs; 16U; 16F; 17U; 18S (planned).
- BIOL 020: Dynamic Genome Laboratory: 14W, 16W.
- BIOL 115: Human Genetics: 18W (planned - course is being developed).
- BIOL 168: Developmental Biology: 04S,
05W, 06W, 06F, 07F, 08F, 09F, 10F, 11F, 12F, 13F, 14F, 15F, 16F.
- BIOL 107A: Molecular Biology: 12S, 13S, 14W with Dr. Bradley Hyman.
- NASC 091:
Freshman Advising Seminar: 05F.
- NASC 093:
Freshman Advising Seminar: 08F, 12F, 14F, 16F.
- CMDB 202: Developmental
Biology (with other CMDB faculty) (Spring quarter, 2004-2010, 13S, 14S.