|2014 - Present||Associate Professor, Nova Southeastern University ‐ Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography, Department of Biological Sciences|
|2009 - 2014||Assistant Professor, Nova Southeastern University ‐ Division of Math, Science, and Technology|
|2007||Ph.D. Microbiology and Immunology, University of Miami|
|1999||B.S. Biology, University of Massachusetts Amherst|
Communicating Discovery-Based Research Results to the News: A Real-World Lesson in Science Communication for Undergraduate Students Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education (2018)
Communicating science effectively to the general public is a necessary skill that takes practice. Generally, undergraduate science majors are taught to communicate to other scientists but are not given formal training on how to communicate ...
The YscE/YscG Chaperone and YscF N-Terminal sequences Target YscF to the Yersinia pestis Type III Secretion Apparatus Microbiology (2018)
The needle structures of type III secretion (T3S) systems are formed by the secretion and polymerization of a needle subunit protein, YscF in Yersinia pestis. A subset of T3S systems employ unique heterodimeric chaperones, YscE ...
Identification of Gut Microbes and Their Link to Autism CAHSS Intellectual Conversations (2015)
Autism Spectrum Disorders are currently estimated to effect 1 in 68 children. There are many different genetic, environmental and biological factors that may lead to autism; however, there is no cure. Recently, a link between ...
Modulation of dendritic cell differentiation and function by YopJ of Yersinia pestis European Journal of Immunology (2007)
Yersinia pestis evades immune responses in part by injecting into host immune cells several effector proteins called Yersinia outer proteins (Yops) that impair cellular function. This has been best characterized in the innate effector cells, ...
Signal transduction in DC differentiation: winged messengers and Achilles' heel Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology (2007)
Dendritic cells (DC) are centrally involved in the initiation and regulation of the adaptive immune response, and different DC can have markedly different (e.g., opposing) function. Acquisition of specific functions is likely to be a ...
Measurement of effector protein injection by type III and type IV secretion systems using a 13-residue phosphorylatable glycogen synthase kinase tag Infection and Immunity (2006)
Numerous bacterial pathogens use type III secretion systems (T3SSs) or T4SSs to inject or translocate virulence proteins into eukaryotic cells. Several different reporter systems have been developed to measure the translocation of these proteins. In ...
The Yersinia pestis type III secretion needle plays a direct role in the regulation of Yop secretion Molecular Microbiology (2005)
Activation of bacterial virulence-associated type III secretion systems (T3SSs) requires direct contact between a bacterium and a eukaryotic cell. In Yersinia pestis, the cytosolic LcrG protein and a cytosolic YopN-TyeA complex function to block T3S ...
The Yersinia pestis YscF needle plays a role in the regulation of type III secretion and translocation Dissertations from ProQuest (2007)
Activation of bacterial virulence-associated type III secretion systems (T3SSs) requires direct contact between a bacterium and a eukaryotic cell. In Y. pestis, a cytosolic YopN-TyeA complex functions to block type III secretion (T3S) in the ...
A Novel Assay to Screen Soil Samples for Bacterial Type III Secretion Systems Inhibitors Biology Faculty Proceedings, Presentations, Speeches, Lectures (2017)
Commonly used antibiotics are becoming less effective; therefore, the development of new antimicrobials that bacteria will not become resistant to is a necessity. One innovative strategy is to find antimicrobials that target virulence factors in ...
Screening for Type III Secretion System Inhibitors Biology Faculty Proceedings, Presentations, Speeches, Lectures (2017)
Commonly used antibiotics are becoming less effective since overuse creates a selective pressure for bacteria to become resistant, leading to the formation of “super bugs”. Some of these pathogenic bacteria include E. coli, Salmonella, Chlamydia ...
Art, Microbiology and Anatomy Combined in a Unique Arts and Sciences Collaboration Biology Faculty Proceedings, Presentations, Speeches, Lectures (2016)
Collaborations between the arts and sciences create bridges into new ideas and processes that can benefit the artistic mind as well as the scientific mind. Nova Southeastern University art students participated in a microbiology laboratory ...