From my formative years in middle school, I developed a profound appreciation for the environment, a sentiment that has strongly influenced my academic and professional choice.
This fascination led me to delve into the multifaceted world of environmental research, focusing on the critical areas of water and wastewater treatment, management of emerging pollutants such as microplastics, and environmental microbiology. Through advanced techniques including next-generation sequencing and bioinformatics, I have extensively studied microorganisms, exploring how they function and interact with diverse environemntal matrices like anaerobic digesters, medical devices, indoor surfaces, and natural habitats. These studies have not only enhanced my understanding of microbial ecology but also paved the way for more sustainable and informed environmental practices.
Beyond the confines of the laboratory, I am deeply rooted in the embrace of nature. Activities such as hiking and contemplative reading amidst nature’s backdrop continually rejuvenate my spirit and strengthen my commitment to environmental preservation.
As an assistant professor at Gannon, I am passionately dedicated to imparting knowledge and making science both accessible and engaging for my students. With every lecture and hands-on experience, my ambition is to instill a profound sense of curiosity and respect for the myriad wonders of our environment.