I began my life in science in the laboratory but moved on to the world of conferences because I so enjoy the intellectual diversity it brings.
Since May 2008 I have been at Janelia Farm as the Science Program Manager for the Conference and Seminar programs. Janelia hosts 15-20 scientific conferences per year and holds several seminars each week, including both internal and external speakers.
Prior to joining HHMI, I completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Cancer Institute (NIH) in Frederick, MD. Within the Mouse Cancer Genetics Program, I investigated markers of tumor angiogenesis in mouse models with the goal of improving cancer diagnostics and drug targeting.
I received my PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology from Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. My thesis work focused on the regulation of inorganic phosphate metabolism in the yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae. I have a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Virginia, in beautiful Charlottesville.
One of the best parts of my job here at Janelia is getting to meet each of the nearly one thousand people who attend a conference or workshop at Janelia every year, coming to us from all over the world.
Here is what some of the participants at various conferences have had to say:
“This is by far and away the most useful meeting I have attended in the past couple of years...” - Genetic Manipulation of Neuronal Activity
“It was an absolutely outstanding meeting. The best I've attended in my career so far!”
- Constructing Neural Circuits
“Probably the first meeting in a long time in which I felt that every talk was valuable to my research...” - Visual Processing in Insects
“...one of the best meetings I have ever attended in terms of helping with research planning... It helped create a collaborative environment in a way that I haven't seen before. - Learning and Memory
...and my personal favorite...
“You have achieved a frightening degree of organization.” - Computations in Neocortical Circuits
It’s comments like these that make me proud of the unique and highly successful conference program here at Janelia, and make my transition from bench research to science administration so rewarding.