Service and Outreach

I feel strongly that one of my roles as a scientist is to be actively engaged both within and beyond the scientific community. I have therefore made it a priority throughout my career to participate in initiatives to improve the state of scientific research and to share the excitement and awesomeness of science with the general public. 

Policy and Advocacy:

Johns Hopkins Postdoctoral Association

As a postdoctoral fellow, I have been an active member of the Johns Hopkins Postdoctoral Association, first by serving as a member of the Policy and Advocacy Committee and then by leading fellow postdocs to form a new committee dedicated to the issues of postdocs in the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. In these roles, I have advocated for improved benefits, recognition, and representation of postdocs within the Hopkins community. 

Speak out for Science! 

Along with other members of the Johns Hopkins Postdoctoral Association's Policy and Advocacy Committee, I helped lead a visit to Washington D.C. to speak with congress members to advocate for increased funding for basic scientific research. 

Science Communication:

Expanding Your Horizons:

For three years during graduate school, I was co-chair for Expanding Your Horizons, a one-day conference where ~300 girls learn about science, meet young scientists and get to participate in hands on workshops. Working to organize this event gave me experience in developing educational material for a diverse audience (middle-school aged students and their parents) and helped show me how meaningful it can be to engage with young girls about science early in their education.


Insectapalooza is a fun and educational family event at Cornell University that showcases the amazing world of insects. From 2007-2011, I helped develop and present exhibits about genetics and insect immunology.