Teaching and Professional Interests
I performed my Ph.D. research in immunology at the University of Kansas, Department of Microbiology. I subsequently held a two-year post-doctoral position at the Swiss Institute for Allergy and Asthma Research in Davos, Switzerland. A passion for immunology leads naturally to strong interests in microbiology (to understand the diseases that the immune system is responding to) and cell biology (to understand the cellular and molecular mechanisms by which the immune systems works). I have also been able to explore other interests in recent years by teaching in our Western Intellectual Traditions and participating in the Masterworks course.
I am interested in the regulation of antibody secretion, particularly in the possibility that soluble factors may modulate the rate of secretion without affecting the rate of synthesis. Post-translational regulation would suggest that it is possble to affect antibody secretion mechanisms at the level of the endoplasmic reticulum, the golgi, or in the various transport and secretory vesicles.
I have recently started a project (in collaboration with Dr. Matthew Moran to identify and characterize the bacteria inhabiting an Arkansas Cave. Microbial ecology is not a well understood science, and very little work has been done on cave bacteria making this a real venture into the unknown.
Interesting Biology Links
New Scientist: e-zine (free subscription) with some good science news features
Exploratorium Home Page: A virtual (and real) museum with a nice section on science. Includes links to some free science info CD-ROMS. Check out the "What's New In the World of Science" page.
Cells Alive:Great micrographs and pictures of cells.
BioMedNet: membership site (free) with abstracts of some journals, however, you have to pay extra to download full text.
The Scientist: The weekly newspaper for scientists.
Science Online: Homepage of the journal Science
National Science Foundation: Homepage of the NSF, important grant info