Professor of Biology
B.S. - Mars Hill College
Courses: Organisms Lab (BIO 114), Human Physiology (BIO 270), Scientific Perspectives (GSCI 104)
Although inactive, my primary research interest is translational control of early embryonic development. Unfertilized eggs have all the components needed to synthesize proteins, yet they do so at a barely detectable rate. Upon fertilization or artificial activation, the zygotes begin producing developmentally significant proteins at a very high rate. The fundamental question I have sought to answer concerns why unfertilized eggs fail to use their vast protein synthetic machinery.