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After completing my bachelor’s degree in Biology at Mars Hill College, Mars Hill, NC, I attended graduate school at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC where I received my Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Pathobiology. I conducted my dissertation research on lipoprotein (intravascular cholesterol-transporting particles) metabolism in atherosclerosis-susceptible and -resistant strains of pigeons. I followed my dissertation work at Wake Forest with a postdoctoral fellowship in the Biochemistry department at Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, NH and then returned to Wake Forest for a second postdoctoral fellowship. As a post-doc I continued to study cholesterol metabolism but shifted my focus to intracellular events required for the maintenance of cholesterol homeostasis. I then joined the faculty in the Pathology department at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine and continued my research on intracellular cholesterol metabolism with a focus on cholesterol-mediated regulation of lysosomal enzymes. I joined the Biology department at Middle Tennessee State University in 2005 where I continued my research and fulfilled a long-standing desire to teach at the undergraduate level. Finally in 2012, I joined the Biology Department here at Mississippi College. I continue my rersearch on lipid metabolism but we are using Drosophila melanogaster (fruit fly) for some of these studies. This allows us to focus on lipid metabolism and related diseases at the organismal level. Although I am not a native Mississippian (I grew up in Florida and North Carolina), I am delighted to be here. In my spare time, I enjoy reading (Jeremiah 9:23-14), working in my yard, and spending time with my family.
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