I am an assistant professor at UCR. I received my Bachelor of Science in Microbiology at the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse (USA) in 2004. I then moved from my home country to Germany and completed a Master of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Universität Bremen in 2006. In 2014 I obtained my Ph.D. in Microbiology from the Universität Bremen. In my most current research, two Type VI Secretion System (T6SS) gene clusters found within the genome of a grass endophyte were characterized. T6SS gene expression and protein secretion were examined for their role in the colonization of a grass host. Throughout my academic career, I have acquired diverse experience instructing courses and have found that my passion lies in teaching and assisting students to become confident, competent scientists in and out of the laboratory. I enjoy being surrounded by the diverse student body of UCR and admire how the faculty and staff foster the individual needs of each student.