Departments: Biology, Neuroscience, Community and Justice Studies
Teaching: Biology Junior Seminar, Intro to Community and Justice Studies
Research: Physiology, Vision, Optometry
Degrees: B.S. Elizabethtown College
Ph.D. Vanderbilt University
My research areas are the fields of vision and metabolism. Located at the back of the eye, the retina is a highly differentiated tissue that requires vitamin A for light detection as well as development. Mutations in a vitamin A-processing proteins result in retinal degeneration and/or impaired visual function. We hypothesize that one of these proteins, interphotoreceptor retinoid-binding protein, also has a developmental role in the retina such that cell death occurs in the absence of this protein. My research is focused on understanding the other genes involved in this early retinal degeneration using quantitative RT-PCR to study gene expression in mouse retinal tissue. Another project is examining the effect of antioxidants in delaying or preventing cataract formation in bovine lenses. I am also interested in studying metabolic regulation, especially carbohydrate and a new field of metabolomics.