Being a professor at SEU allows me to integrate two things that I love - teaching and research. I always have new opportunities to learn – scientific research moves quickly; from one semester to the next there are new findings to incorporate into classes, and in the lab we are always finding new questions to ask and making new discoveries; in this setting I have the opportunity to work closely with students and mentor them as they put what they’ve learned in class to use. Seeing students get inspired by the science, and in turn inspiring me to be a better teacher and scientist is a very rewarding process!

Academic Appointments

  • Professor, 2021-present
  • Associate Professor with Tenure, 2015-2021
  • Associate Professor, 2012-2015
  • Assistant Professor, 2007-2012

Year Started


Post-doctoral fellowship, North Carolina State University

PhD., Developmental Genetics, University of Utah

B.A, Biology, Bethel College, Kansas

Achievement & Involvement

Honors and Awards

  • 2013 Teaching Award, St. Edward’s School of Natural Sciences
  • 2011 Distinguished Teaching Award, St. Edward’s University
  • 1998-2001 Genetics Training Grant, National Institutes of Health, University of Utah

Community Service

Lead Volunteer, Ten Thousand Villages of Austin

External Grants

Previously Awarded Grants

<p>Undergraduate Research Experiences in Microbiology and Developmental&nbsp;Entomology. Patricia Baynham and Lisa Goering, co-PD. USDA $295,000</p>

Department Group

School Group

School of Natural Sciences