I am a Class Dean and Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology and Biomedical Sciences at Salve Regina University, Newport, RI. I graduated from Penn State with a Ph.D. in Integrative Biosciences (Ecological and Molecular Plant Physiology Option). My Masters thesis was completed at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. At Salve, I teach a variety of classes including Human A&P for Non-majors and Developmental Biology. I have a great research lab that works primarily on cell-cell communication using Raspberry and Blackberry prickles, human stomach cancer cells and algal blooms as models.