Department of Biology c/o Dept of Health Sciences MSC 4301
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA 22807

Office: HHS 3152

voice: (540)568-3047
fax: (540)568-3336

B.S., Mars Hill College;
M.A., Wake Forest University;
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts at Amherst



Research Interest

Although inactive, my primary research interest is translational control of early embryonic development. Unfertilized eggs have all the components needed to synthesize proteins, yet they do so at a barely detectable rate. Upon fertilization or artificial activation, the zygotes begin producing developmentally significant proteins at a very high rate. The fundamental question I have sought to answer concerns why unfertilized eggs fail to use their vast protein synthetic machinery.


Courses Taught: (for more detailed descriptions see the Department's list of courses)
Human Physiology (BIO 270) -- Study of the function of major organ systems of the human body.
Scientific and Mathematical Perspectives (GSCI 104) Alternative Medicine: Quacks, Fraud, and the Science of Medicine.

Curriculum Vitae
Leisure-time Pursuits

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