As an educator, my goals are to help students acquire and hone critical and analytical skills, and develop capacity for intellectual growth via self-direction, self-motivation and self-generation of ideas. I have taught biology, statistics, population genetics and metagenomics to undergraduate and graduate students at University of Notre Dame in Indiana (US), University of Minnesota and Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana (US).
Spring 2017 – Gave a metagenomics analysis workshop in Dr. Lorena Torres-Martinez class at Tulane
I had finished my spring 2016 term participation in the National Center for Science Education (NSCE) Scientist-in-Classroom program. I was paired with Amanda Laden, a Biology teacher at Wayzata High School in Plymouth, Minnesota. Had a really wonderful (and successful) teaching/discussion about science and climate change with 10th graders! Hopefully, I’ll get to do this again in Fall 2017 here in New Orleans.
Every semester, our lab hosts 10 year old girls and teach them about fungal endophytes. They get to culture their own fungus, take it home and watch it grow!
I get to be a judge in the plant sciences junior division (6-8th graders).