Short Bio

 

EDUCATION:
1996 Ph.D.
Louisiana State University Baton Rouge , LA
• Dissertation: Characterization of physiological changes in roots grown in spaceflight conditions a comparison of nutrient delivery technologies. Field of study: Plant physiology and space biology (emphasis in stress physiology). Recipient of NASA Graduate Student Researcher Fellowship. Degree received December 20, 1996

1993 B.S.
University of South Alabama Mobile , AL
• Area of concentration: Cell Biology. Recipient of George Barber Fellowship in Marine Sciences to support undergraduate research.

Appointments:
2005 to Present: Associate Professor
Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture
Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering
Purdue University West Lafayette , IN
• Research is focused on multidisciplinary approaches for the development of advanced biological sensor technologies, and the applications of these technologies towards important questions in biological research.

2001 to 2005: Assistant Professor of Computer and Electrical Engineering
University of Missouri-Rolla Rolla , MO
• Joint appointment between the Department of Biological Sciences (85%) and the Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering (15%).

2000 to 2005: Adjunct Professor
Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology
LSU Medical Center Shreveport , LA
• Developing and managing a research and training microsensor laboratory facility for biomedical research applications. Work here is focused on the electroanalytical detection of NO and Ascorbate.

1999 to 2005: Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
University of Missouri-Rolla Rolla , MO
• Continued development of self-referencing microelectrode instrumentation and application of this system to important problems in plant biology.

1998 to 1999: Staff Scientist I
Marine Biological Laboratory Woods Hole, MA
• Research and development of self-referencing electrochemical microsensors for single cell application.

1997 to 1998: Post-Doctoral Researcher
Marine Biological Laboratory Woods Hole, MA
• Research and development of self-referencing microelectrode system for measuring trans-membrane flux of ions and gases involved in signaling and metabolism at the cellular level.

1993 to 1996: Graduate Student Fellow
Louisiana State University Baton Rouge , LA
• Dissertation research included five spaceflight experiments, with three different experimental teams. Emphasis was in root system physiology. Supported by fellowship from NASA Gradate Student Researcher Program.

OTHER AFFILIATIONS:
2005 to Present: Co-Director
Physiological Sensing Facility
Purdue University West Lafayette , IN
• The Physiological Sensing Facility serves as an interdisciplinary resource and engages scientists & engineers from across Purdue University in the development and application of advanced biosensing technologies as new tools for discovery. Here, ideas, needs, & capabilities are incubated, adapted and applied to advance existing technologies and develop new biological sensing capabilities that have significant impact in many research areas.

2005 to Present: Full Member - Bindley Biosciences Center
Discovery Park
Purdue University West Lafayette , IN
• Work is focused on developing and applying new research sensor technologies for basic research in the biological community at Purdue University . This multidisciplinary program physically organized within the
Physiological Sensing Facility, a Bindley Bioscience research resource.

2003 to 2005: Research Investigator
Environmental Research Center
University of Missouri-Rolla Rolla , MO
• This is a research center within the department of Civil Engineering that focuses on the study of the health of the environment, and the development of solutions to environmental problems.

2001 to 2005: Research Investigator
Intelligent Systems Center
University of Missouri-Rolla Rolla , MO
• This is a multidisciplinary engineering research center funded by the University of Missouri system. Research and development activities within the center are directed to emphasize nano-technology based sensors, biomaterials, and sensors for counter terrorism.

2000 to 2005: Associate Member
Center for Sensor Technology
University of Kentucky Lexington , KY
• A National Science Foundation established “center without walls” for promoting the development of microelectrode sensor technologies.

May 1998, 2000 and 2002: Course Instructor
Rapid Electrochemical Measurements in Biological Systems
Marine Biological Laboratory Woods Hole, MA
• This course is part of the MBL neuroscience series and addresses the theory and practice use of biosensors and rapid electrochemical recording techniques. Responsibilities included lecture/laboratory, dealing with single cell recordings and electrode construction.

1995: Summer Course Instructor
Space Life Sciences Training Program
NASA Kennedy Space Center , FL
• The program is a nationally competitive 6 week program open to 40 upper level undergraduates. Responsibilities included outlining coursework, grading papers, and performing daily lectures for 10 students working within the Plant Space Biology emphasis group. Laboratory activities were extensive and included both group and individual projects.

1990 to 1993: Student Laboratory Technician
University of South Alabama Mobile , AL
• Responsibilities included conducting coordinated and independent research, training new technicians, and general lab maintenance. Research included field collection, development of a microinjection system for use on crustacean larvae, computer image acquisition and processing, and digital image analysis.

AWARDS:
• 2002 Nominated for best paper award, IEEE Sensors Conference, Orlando , FL
• 1996 LSU College of Agriculture Distinguished Dissertation Award
• 1996 First place student paper, Annual Meeting of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Biology
• 1995 C. W. Edgarton Outstanding Graduate Student Award
• 1994 LSU Graduate Student Travel Award
• 1993-1995 NASA Graduate Student Researcher Fellowship, awarded through Kennedy Space Center
• 1991 George Barber Fellowship in Marine Sciences

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
• American Association for the Advancement of Science
• American Society for Gravitational and Space Biology
• American Society of Plant Biologists
• IEEE Sensors
• Institute on Biological Engineering
• International Council of Scientific Unions, Committee on Space Research
• Japanese Society of Plant Physiologist
• Sigma Xi

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:
• Primary reviewer/panel member (2000-2006) NSF Engineering Directorate (sensors and biomedical devices).
• Primary reviewer (2003) NSF Biology Directorate (sensors and biocomplexity).
• Reviewer for Biosensors and Bioelectronics
• Reviewer for Environmental and Experimental Botany
• Reviewer for Journal of Experimental Botany
• Reviewer for Nitric Oxide
• Reviewer for Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences
• Reviewer for NASA Space Life Sciences Grants
• Reviewer for Plant Physiology
• Special Editor for Advances in Space Research (2001-present)
• Vice President of UMR Chapter of Sigma Xi (2001-2002)
• President of UMR Chapter of Sigma Xi (2002-2003)
• Public Affairs Committee member (Am. Soc. for Gravitational and Space Biol.)
• Finance Committee member (Am. Soc. for Gravitational and Space Biol.)

RESEARCH FUNDING:
Agricultural Research Program , Bindley BioScience Center , Center for the Environment, Lily Foundation, NASA, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, USDA-NRI






 
 
 
 
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