I am commonly referred to as "Doc" around the lab. I grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado. I received a degree in Nutrition from the University of Northern Colorado in December 1991. As a result, of my study of nutrition, I developed a passion to learn and understand as much as I could about biochemistry. So, instead of pursuing an internship, I pursued a doctoral degree in Biochemistry at Utah State University. I was awarded a Willard Eccles Family Foundation Fellowship to engage in my doctoral studies. I worked in the laboratories of Dr. Steve Aust and Dr. Tom Grover evaluating the mechanisms of reactions catalyzed by heme-containing peroxidases. I earned my doctoral degree in September 1996 and then went on to postdoctoral studies in the laboratory of Dr. Larry Marnett in the Department of Biochemistry at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. My primary area of research in the Marnett laboratory was the mechanisms of intramolecular electron transfer in prostaglandin H synthase. In the Fall of 1999, I joined the faculty of the Department of Chemistry at Auburn University. It is now my honor and pleasure to divide my professional time between biochemical discovery and teaching students about the amazing molecular systems that underlie biological function. Click here to view my Biographical Sketch.