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I am an Associate Professor at SUNY Plattsburgh. I study the evolution and molecular basis of aging using Drosophila and social insects. I teach Cell Biology (Bio 401), Communicating Biology (Bio 380), General Genetics (Bio 305) and Biology of Aging (Bio 339). I also supervise undergraduate research projects on aging and stress using invertebrate models.

Website updated: August, 2016.


Teaching Cell biology, Bio 401 with a bigger class

Cell Bio will be more challenging this year with nearly 40 students enrolled spread across two labs. We will still be contributing to Wikipedia and reading/presenting primary papers. The labs will once again cover using gradients to isolate cellular components and finding a cure for Parkinson's Disease using a humanized C. elegans model system.


Come see some of our most popular and interesting professors and local experts share their science with the general public at 30 City Hall Place in downtown Plattsburgh. The public is invited to attend the free talks at 5:30pm on the first and third Monday of the month over the next semester. I organize this series for the nonprofit 30City. The Fall schedule: Michael Walters (Sept. 19), Don Slish (Oct. 3), Kathy Lavoie (Oct. 17), Ken Podolak (Nov. 7), Curt Gervich, Kristen Kimball and Racey Bingham (Nov. 21), and Nancy Elwess (Dec. 5). I will post the full schedule with titles when available.

TV documentary appearance this Fall!

Unfortnuately there is a press embargo until the air date is set. All I will say is that filming with a professional documentary film crew was an interesting experience to say the least! I am not even allowed to say what show, but will update as soon as I have permission.