I am a Professor in the departments of Mathematics and of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at UC Davis. I am a mathematical biologist who specializes in the applications of topological methods and computational tools to the study of DNA packing, DNA-protein interactions, and DNA rearrangements.
September, 2015: Dorothy Wrinch Memorial Lecture in Biomathematics, Four College Biomath Consortium: DNA Unlinking in Bacterial Cells
2014 Mohammed Dahleh Distinguished Lectureship (UC Santa Barbara).This award has been created to honor the memory, innovative spirit, and contributions of Mohammed Dahleh to our scientific community and to the University of California, Santa Barbara.
TangleSolve (paper) is a Java applet which implements the tangle method for site-specific recombination. TangleSolve offers an easy to use graphical user interface for analyzing and vizualizing site-specific recombination mechanisms.
The National Science Foundation began supporting ADVANCE initiatives in 2001, and has awarded over $130M in funding for a variety of programs. The most significant efforts seek to create permanent institutional transformation.
Professional disciplinary groups allow members to meet, engage, and share knowledge. This effort is particularly important to foster supportive, collaborative networks among scientists from under-represented groups.
We have compiled multiple publicly available databases of the published research related to NSF ADVANCE program efforts to increase diversity in STEM education and the STEM labor force. These include the literature on implicit bias, mentorship and other topics.
Balance is real challenge facing many faculty, particularly women with children. The perception (and reality) of the inflexibility and rigor of an academic career is one cause for the lack of diversity in STEM disciplines.