I am a Biology Instructor at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. I have a PhD in Microbiology and research experience studying how microbial pathogens cause disease. My graduate research at the University of Washington focused on pathogenic E. coli, and my first postdoctoral project was studying cell division in another bacterium, Bacillus subtilis, at the University of Technology, Sydney (Australia).
Recently, my research interest has turned to pathogenic fungi. Even among those of us who are fascinated by the interactions of microorganisms with the human body, pathogenic fungi tend to get overlooked. However, they are a significant cause of disease worldwide! I recently received crowdfunding for a project that will allow an undergraduate to work with me in summer 2012 to study dermatophytes, the fungi that cause skin diseases such as athlete’s foot and ringworm. I will be posting about my progress with the project as well as other topics related to pathogenic fungi, microbiology, and education.