I teach biology at Western Washington University, a small liberal arts school in the Pacific Northwest. I teach courses in genetics and molecular biology, and run a small laboratory where I use the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster to study interesting subjects like aging, chromosome structure, and the organization of the nucleus (the part of the cell that houses the genetic blueprint). Before I became a scientist, I studied music and worked as a singer, with relatively obscure obsessions for Flemish Renaissance Polyphony and Very Complex Counterpoint. I also love John Le Carré novels and cannot bear the thought he might depart from this world.

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