Director, Advanced Imaging Facility
I received my BS in Zoology in 1981 from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro AR. Following a year of work in the private sector, I enrolled in the MS in Biology program at Memphis State University, working under the direction of the late Dr. Priscilla Rushton. After graduating in 1984, I was recruited by Dr. Lewis Coons to work as an Electron Microscopy Technician at Memphis State. After 4 plus years as a technician, I enrolled in the doctoral program at Memphis State working under the supervision of Dr. Coons, receiving my PhD in 1994. (Memphis State became the University of Memphis in July, 1994. Dr. Tim Lockey and I were the first UofM Biology PhD graduates). I then moved “downtown” to the University of Tennessee, Memphis working in the laboratory of Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald, then with Malinda and Dr. Anton Reiner. Since 1997 I have been at the City University of New York, College of Staten Island.
I am a cell Biologist by training and trade. In addition to my duties as an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology, I direct the Advanced Imaging Facility at the College of Staten Island.
My research interests lie in the areas of cell communication, especially as related to the retinal pigment epithelium and pancreas. Please see the page on Research to find out about the work we do in our laboratory.
To contact me:
Department of Biology
College of Staten Island
2800 Victory Boulevard
Staten Island, NY 10314