This site's purpose is to provide a platform for me share my passion for both scientific research and science education with my colleagues, students, and friends. Here you will find information on me and my professional journey from academic researcher to professor at a teaching intensive institution. The Publications page outlines past and present research, in both basic science and teaching methodology. The Teaching page lists my current courses and teaching resources. Please have a look around and feel free to contact me with any questions or if you are interested in a collaboration.
Minocycline blocks glial cell activation and ventilatory acclimatization to hypoxia
The signals for neural plasticity in medullary respiratory centers underlying ventilatory acclimatization to chronic hypoxia are unknown. We show that chronic hypoxia activates microglia and subsequently astrocytes. Minocycline, an antibiotic that blocks microglial activation and has anti-inflammatory properties, also blocks astrocyte activation in respiratory centers during chronic hypoxia and ventilatory acclimatization.
NEW CLASSROOM STUDY
Collaborative Exams in an Undergraduate Anatomy and Physiology Classroom Enhance Students' Perceived Learning and Knowledge Retention.
This study assesses the use of collaborative exams in my undergraduate Human Anatomy and Physiology course as a method to increase student learning and retention. This abstract was presented both as a poster and selected featured topic oral presentation at Experimental Biology in Orlando, 2019. Click the button below to learn more about this study!