|October 2023 - Present||Associate Director of STEM Program Implementation, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign|
|August 2013 - Present||Associate Professor of Chemistry, Parkland College ‐ Natural Sciences|
|September 2009 - May 2013||Chemistry Instructor, Brookdale Community College|
|2011 - 2012||Visiting Scientist, Rutgers University - New Brunswick/Piscataway|
|2009||Adjunct Faculty Member, Middlesex County College ‐ Department of Natural Sciences|
|2004 - 2008||Graduate Research Assistant, Studies of the Thrombospondin Signature Domain, University of Wisconsin - Madison ‐ Biomolecular Chemistry|
Honors and Awards
- 2023: Parkland College, Teaching Excellence Award recipient
- 2021-2025: NSF S-STEM "Scholarships and Support Strategies to Increase Retention and Graduation/Transfer of Students Pursuing Associate Degrees in Natural Science Fields" Award #2030590
- 2021-2022: Illinois Community College Faculty Association Dr. Joseph T. Cipfl Faculty Research Grant: "Integration of a Soils Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experience in General Chemistry I"
- 2020-2023: NSF BIO REU Site “Phenotypic Plasticity Research for Community College Students” Award #1950819/1950786
- 2020: Illinois Community College Trustees Association, Outstanding Full-time Faculty Award, Parkland College awardee
- 2016-2019: NSF BIO REU Site “Phenotypic Plasticity Research for Community College Students” Award #1559929/1559908
- 2016: American Association of Women in Community Colleges, “40 under 40” honoree.
- 2012-2013: Brookdale Innovation Grant, Brookdale Community College, “Investigation of the Creation of a STEM Institute at Brookdale”
- 2006-2007: Vilas Travel Grant, University of Wisconsin–Madison
- 2005-2006: US National Institutes of Health training grant HL07899
- June 5-10, 2004: Best Student Poster Award, FASEB Summer Research Conference, Thrombospondins and Other Modulatory Adhesion Molecules in Tissue Organization and Homeostasis. Pine Mountain, GA
|2008 - 2009||Postdoctoral Fellow, Howard Hughes Medical Institute|
|2004 - 2008||PhD, Biomolecular Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison ‐ School of Medicine and Public Health|
|1995 - 1999||BA, Biochemistry, Earlham College|
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Phenotypic Plasticity Research Experience for Community College Students (PRECS) (2)
PRECS Summer Research “Invaluable” to Students (2017)
Parkland blog post: Ten science-focused students from community colleges across Illinois and two other states came to Champaign recently to participate in the inaugural summer of PRECS (Phenotypic Plasticity Research Experience for Community College Students), a ...
PRECS Posters in SPARK (2017)
PRECS is a program designed to provide community college students with authentic research experiences in the area of phenotypic plasticity, the phenomenon of a single genotype producing multiple phenotypes depending on the environment.Parkland's Dr. C. Britt Carlson ...
Teaching Works (3)
Published Works (6)
Mutations Targeting Intermodular Interfaces or Calcium Binding Destabilize the Thrombospondin-2 Signature Domai Journal of Biological Chemistry (2008)
Thrombospondins (THBSs) are a family of secreted calcium-binding glycoproteins with roles in angiogenesis, cell motility, apoptosis, cytoskeletal organization, and extracellular matrix organization. The THBS-2 signature domain (three epidermal growth factor (EGF)-like modules, a wire module ...
A Textual and Tonal Tool for Molecular Visualization Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2008)
We developed the three-dimensional visualization software, Tonal Interface to MacroMolecules or TIMMol, for studying atomic coordinates of protein structures. Key features include audio tones indicating x, y, z location, identification of the cursor location in one-dimensional and three-dimensional space, ...
Influences of the N700S Thrombospondin-1 Polymorphism on Protein Structure and Stability Journal of Biological Chemistry (2008)
Thrombospondins (THBSs) are multimodular, secreted proteins characterized by a signature domain comprising a unique set of 13 calcium-binding repeats flanked by epidermal growth factor (EGF)-like and lectin-like modules. A polymorphism that changes a conserved Asn ...
Structures of thrombospondins [Review] Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences (2008)
Thrombospondins are large secreted, multimodular, calcium-binding glycoproteins that have complex roles in mediating cellular processes. Determination of high-resolution structures of thrombospondins has revealed unique and interesting protein motifs. Here, we review this progress and discuss ...
Structure of the Calcium-Rich Signature Domain of Human Thrombospondin-2 Nature Structural & Molecular Biology (2005)
Thrombospondins (TSPs) are secreted glycoproteins that play key roles in interactions between cells and the extracellular matrix. Here, we describe the 2.6 Å resolution crystal structure of the glycosylated signature domain of human TSP-2, which ...
Research Works (1)
Spectrally and Temporally Engineered Processing using Photoelectrochemistry (US Patent filed January 2016) (2013)
Methods and apparatus for subtractively fabricating three-dimensional structures relative to a surface of a substrate and for additively depositing metal and dopant atoms onto the surface and for diffusing them into the bulk. A chemical ...
Posters and Presentations (9)
The Value of Applied Experiences in Liberal Arts Curriculum Illinois Council of Community College Administrators Conference (2017)
Liberal arts in community colleges often provide little opportunity for students to experience the application of theory. Faculty from six disciplines share ideas for engaging students and discuss how applied curriculum can foster student success ...