"You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the only thing for you...
Look what a lot of things there are to learn.”
PhD, Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise (Virginia Tech), anticipated, 2019
Preparing the Future Professoriate, anticipated, 2019
Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Program (IGEP); Translational Obesity Research, anticipated, 2019
M.S., Human Nutrition (Columbia University), 2014
B.S., Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise (Virginia Tech), 2013
I was born and raised in southwest Virginia and grew up roaming about with my siblings and cousins, developing a keen love for the outdoors at an early age. I've always been very passionate about three things: science, people, and food. These passions culminated into a deep desire to study the cellular mechanisms that underlie metabolic diseases. The way our bodies adapt to nutrient surplus is of particular interest to me. Currently, my work aims to examine the epigenetic changes that accompany nutrient surplus and glucose dysregulation in the diabetic state.
Above all else, teaching is my passion. There is nothing that excites me more than interacting with students and helping them to understand the more complex scientific mechanisms that shape our everyday lives. The relationships I've developed with my students thus far in my career have been some of the most rewarding and challenging experiences in my life.
I aim to provide an atmosphere of acceptance, encouragement, and love in my classroom. I believe students learn best when they feel both empowered and intrigued. The cultivation of curiosity is absolutely critical to my teaching style. When my students walk out the door, I hope to have instilled in them a desire to ask the difficult questions and dive deeper in to the material they've been presented.
“Only those who look with the eyes of children can lose themselves in the object of their wonder.”