I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from NCCU and my Masters of Science degree in Microbiology from Howard University in Washington, DC. My doctorate degree is in Molecular Biology from Howard University and I completed two years of postdoctoral work on eukaryotic gene expression at the National Eye Institute, National Institute of Health in Bethesda, MD. I enjoy teaching at my alma mater, but more importantly, I enjoy seeing the excitement in students eyes when they have an Aha moment about that scientific phenomena or biological process. Currently my research interests include i) studying what motivates students to learn science, ii) the impact of technology in the science classroom, and iii) persistence in STEM as a result of infusing research into the undergraduate science curriculum. I am currently the program co-director for NCCU's Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Science Education grant and the PI on NCCU's HBCU as Leaders in STEM and Education grant from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. In addition to my research, I am equally passionate about teaching. To that end, I have received the Biology Departments Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award (2006) and the NCCU Award for Teaching Excellence (2007).