Education

B.S., Microbiology, Chemistry minor (1992) summa cum laude

  • University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign, Urbana/Champaign, IL

Ph.D., Bacteriology (1998) University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

  • Thesis: Characterization of thiamine-pyrophosphate synthesis independent of the PurF enzyme (phosphoribosylpyrophosphate amidotransferase) in Salmonella typhimurium
  • Advisor: Diana Downs

Postdoctoral Research

Postdoctoral Research, Bacteriology (1998-1999), University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

  • Research project: Characterization of metabolic pathways involved in thiamine synthesis in Salmonella typhimurium
  • Advisor: Diana Downs

Postdoctoral Research, Microbiology (1999-2000), University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

  • Research projects: (i) Characterization of opaque and translucent variants of Vibrio parahaemolyticus. (ii) Genetic and phenotypic characterization of bacterial biofilms in V. parahaemolyticus
  • Advisor: Linda McCarter

Visiting Scholar in Microbiology, Sabbatical (2009) University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

  • Research projects: Identification of calcium-regulated genes in V. parahaemolyticus