BA, Magna Cum Laude Mount Holyoke College
PhD University of Vermont.
I joined Dublin School to pursue my passion for teaching and my goal is to foster the next generation of scientists.
I was born and raised in western MA, in the Berkshires. I received my BA in biochemistry from Mount Holyoke College, my PhD in biochemistry from the University of Vermont, and I completed my post-doctoral training at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. I spent many years in the pharmaceutical/biotech industry(Bristol Myers Squibb, Merck, Millennium Pharmaceuticals, to name a few), mainly focused on oncology drug discovery.
I have participated in a variety of extracurricular activities over the years. My younger years were spent riding horses, playing tennis, and skiing (alpine). In college, I was a member of the gymnastics team. I took up running while in grad school, finishing several marathons and participating in numerous triathlon team competitions. In the early '90's, I returned to my childhood passion of equestrian activities. My equine companions and I have enjoyed foxhunting, carriage driving (pleasure shows and combined driving events), eventing, children/adult jumpers and dressage.
What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special? I have been fortunate to have had so many good teachers and mentors throughout my college/graduate school years and during my scientific career. I cannot name just one. The ones who had the greatest impact on me were those who encouraged and enabled me to become an independent thinker.
How would your friends describe you in three words? Energetic, enthusiastic, and short.
What is your favorite course you have taken in high school or college? I took an electron microscopy (EM) course in college and I loved it! It was amazing to see the architecture of cells at such a high magnification and it helped me to better understand cells and cell biology. Consequently, I ended up doing an honors thesis project with the EM. That experience introduced me to scientific research, which eventually became my career focus.
If I had a free afternoon I would... I would go pick up my great-niece and we would go to the stables to hang out with the ponies. I love teaching horsemanship and riding to young children.
What is your favorite outdoor activity? Horseback riding