I’m intrigued by the hidden world of microbes. I was trained as a molecular microbiologist at Washington University in St. Louis and at Stanford University School of Medicine. My research focuses on uncovering novel differentiation and virulence determinants of Toxoplasma gondii. As a scientist-educator, I strive to teach my mentees the love of a work well done and instill in them the skills required for rigorous scientific experimentation. I am a strong advocate for Black voices in academia. I co-founded a Faculty advocacy group (Alliance for the Black Community, ABC) this summer to improve their experiences on my campus.