I have always been fascinated by science & technology and equally obsessed with music & art. Love the art of Édouard Manet and Damien Hurst, music from John Lennon to Étienne Charles, learning about Space X, NASA, Tesla, our universe, origin of life on earth and mars, what goes on inside living organisms, their anatomy & chemistry and how that is connected with the physiology of the whole organism. I consider teaching my best chance to share my knowledge with, and gain new knowledge from, my students and collaborate with them to pursue learning and research. In the field of physiology I study the malfunction of the membrane channel, CFTR, which causes the disease cystic fibrosis. I'm currently interested in how the broken CFTR causes changes in pH and in testing potential treatments that may restore CFTR function. In the field of education, I study what works best in student learning, I pursue research on how specific changes in teaching can significantly increase student learning in LBC biology courses.
My CF research is focused on the elucidation of the underlying physiological processes that have been disturbed in the disease cystic fibrosis (CF). We've received 10 grants in the last 10 years for our studies of CF from the PACFI Foundation. Our STEM Learning Lab research group has worked on a variety of education research projects. Projects include those that incorporated research into course laboratories (Teams & Streams, MSU-funded), studied the use of visual models (C-TOOLS, NSF-funded for 5 years) and bridged the disciplines with inquiry experiences (BRAID, MSU & NSF-funded over 10 years).