I am a Professor in The George Washington University Department of Pharmacology and Physiology, and for the first half of the last 20 years, I have focused my efforts on basic science research of signal transduction mechanisms related to cell survival and carcinogenesis. I have received in-depth training in the fields of biochemistry and pharmacology and possess a broad knowledge of basic and clinical science. I have been a Principal Investigator of a productive laboratory with NIH support and over 50 publications. I have had the pleasure to have initiated and maintained productive collaborations with faculty throughout the University, as well as at other national and international institutions. In 2010, I was honored to receive the GWU SMHS Snyder Award for Cancer Research. As a result of managing multiple research projects and collaborative efforts, I believe I have acquired highly effective organizational skills as well as strong interpersonal communication skills. In 2016, 2018, and 2019 I was PI and Co-PI, respectively, on 4 educational research grants, which has allowed me to re-direct my research interests in the field of medical education.
In 2012, I accepted the position of Medical Educator in the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology. In 2013, I completed the Master Teacher Leadership Development Program (MTLDP). I have continued my studies with a focus on educational research in the GWU Graduate School of Education and in Fall, 2017, I fulfilled the requirements for the degree Master of Arts in Human Organizational Learning (Individualized Masters). My strong research background has helped inform my analytical approach to educational questions and provide me the necessary background to be a Medical Science Mentor for the medical student learning communities. My Master’s and MTLDP studies also provide me with the necessary training in teaching skills, educational leadership and educational scholarship that will help me to succeed as course director and educational leader. I have facilitated educational workshops and panels for the GWU SMHS Center for Faculty Excellence and I serve as a faculty mentor through the SMHS Teaching Consult Service. In 2017 I was honored to receive the Distinguished Teacher Award for the MD Program at the GWU SMHS, and I am a member of the Distinguished Teacher Award Society. In 2019 it was especially meaningful for me to be selected to chair the Task Force to Revise the MD Program Objectives, which are currently in place in the GWU SMHS.