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I started my scientific career in the laboratory but have since moved on to the world of conferences, and since May 2008 have been Janelia's Science Program Manager for the Conference and Seminar programs. Janelia hosts 15-20 scientific workshops and conferences each year, and runs several seminars each week, including both internal and external speakers.
Prior to joining HHMI, I completed a post-doctoral fellowship within the Mouse Cancer Genetics Program at the National Cancer Institute (NIH) in Frederick, MD. During my time there, I investigated markers of tumor angiogenesis in mouse models in hopes 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 having the opportunity to interact with nearly one thousand people who attend one of our meetings 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
Comments like these make me proud of Janelia's unique and highly successful conference program and make my work in science administration feel very rewarding.