Imaging Facility Manager
My interests lie in the field of cell biology with particular emphasis on using microscopy-based approaches to solve questions. I have been broadly trained in various light- and electron-based microscopy techniques; this includes attendance at the Quantitative and Fluorescence Microscopy course at the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory, and the Analytical and Quantitative Light Microscopy course at Woods Hole.
For my graduate thesis work, I used a combination of light and electron microscopy (both SEM and TEM) to solve ultrastructural details in the coralline red alga Jania adhaerens.
Prior to coming to Boston College I managed three different imaging facilities, two at Cornell University (light and electron microscopy) and one at Arizona State University (light microscopy). In addition I taught a graduate level microscopy course while at Arizona State University.
Currently, at Boston College, I manage the imaging facility within the department of biology. The facility serves the entire Boston College community. In addition to managing the imaging facility I also teach the Advanced Lab in Cell Imaging course in both the Fall and Spring semesters. This course is for advanced undergraduates and graduate students. The course is a mixture of traditional lectures and hands on laboratory exercises. The culmination of the course is a student-selected project and presentation covering some of the instrumentation that we have discussed in class.