Chemical signaling pathways and hormone multi-functionality. I use Rainbow trout as a model system to resolve two disparate actions of growth hormone: the anabolic action of growth promotion and the catabolic action of stored lipid breakdown (lipolysis).
Why She Came to NDSU Biological Sciences:
After graduating from NDSU, I will be moving to the University of Nebraska- Lincoln for a postdoctoral fellowship position in Biology Education Research. This field combines my two passions teaching and research. I developed these interests from encouragement by my graduate committee and from the diverse opportunities afforded to me by NDSU. While I was pursuing my scientific content understanding, I was also exposed scientific teaching (i.e., teaching that utilizes methods that have been research and empirically shown to best facilitate learning). These experiences have shifted my research interest to trying to understand how students think and learn in order to better prepare future scientists, teachers, politicians, and citizens.