I am a biophysicist in the Gettysburg College Physics Department interested in the electrostatic properties of biological molecules. In particular, I am interested in how life uses electrostatics to manipulate the compaction and transcription of DNA in our bodies. My current research investigates the self-attraction of DNA as well as the aggregation of DNA-protein complexes known as nucleosomes.
When I am not doing research, I teach a variety of classes. I am interested in teaching physics to people of all levels, from elementary school students to advanced undergraduates and beyond. I am particularly interested in using novel, research-informed pedagogy to increase students’ understanding of physics. Outside of my particular discipline, I am interested in teaching about the interaction of science and policy.