I was born Detroit, MI and grew up in the suburbs of Detroit. I have a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Chemistry from Wayne State University in Detroit. I earned my Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry in 1992 from The University of Chicago under the direction of Professor David G. Lynn. My post doc was with Professor Eric Nelson in the Department of Plant Pathology here at Cornell. After that post doc, I began a very long and circuitous trek that would eventually wind up back at Cornell. I have held professorships at small liberal arts colleges such as Whitman College, Earlham College and Ursinus College. My research interests have always been focused at the intersection of chemistry and biology, particularly the chemistry of host-parasite interactions. Each of my prior professorships has enabled me to devote a lot of my time to teaching, which I knew in graduate school was what I love to do. Even at the small schools, I had extensive contact with Cornell over the years, as I taught in the summer sessions and in two academic years when I was on leave from my home campus. In 2007, the opportunity to re-join Cornell as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology was presented to me and I accepted. I am excited to be working at Cornell and living in Ithaca. Personally, I enjoy traveling, cycling, running, history, art, food, wine and politics.
Professor of Chemistry & Chemical Biology