I earned my PhD from the University of Washington, Seattle (where I also grew up). I research mechanisms the cell uses to control gene expression and packaging of the genome inside the nucleus. Many students have been involved in this research; they present our results at conferences and some are co-authors on my publications. I received a five-year NSF CAREER award to support this research and to develop an education initiative to broadly involve students in original research contributing to genome annotation. I continue to head the resulting Ciliate Genomics Consortium, which now involves faculty and students at eight other institutions across the country. Students in my molecular biology courses participate in this research. I also organize the "Undergraduate Research Symposium" held as part of an international molecular biology conference, and I co-edit a beginning molecular techniques manual (John Wiley & Sons, Inc) that won the 2009 PROSE award for "best resource in biological sciences". I also enjoy riding horses (english) or my mountain bike, rock climbing, backpacking, and skiing. Really anything that gets me outdoors into nature.