I consider myself a geneticist and molecular/developmental biologist, but I have broad scientific interests that span many areas of biology. I’m a Chicago native, and received my PhD from Northwestern University, then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Princeton University. In 2000 I joined the faculty of the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where I am currently an Associate Professor. My graduate thesis focused on the genetic response to environmental chemicals, and my postdoctoral work studied the genetics of mammalian development.
My laboratory currently devotes much of its time to studying the genetic control of embryonic development, and designing mouse models for human congenital diseases. I also have a long-standing interest in conservation genetics, particularly of birds and marine animals, and in reproductive behavior. Since 2001 I have collaborated with the Shark Research Institute in Princeton, NJ to use genetic tools to analyze the population structure, migratory behavior and reproduction of the whale shark, Rhincodon typus.