Currently, I teach primarily majors biomedical science and biology courses. My research interest lies in the effects of stress and psychological disorders on health, disease development, and the human microbiome. We currently work on three areas of study within this topic. First, the role of endocrine factors released during stress on regulating the host microbial environment to promote disease progression. Second, how the psychosocial environment affects the health of an individual along with the impact stressors play on the immune system. Third, the impact of anthropogenic stress on the immune system of marine animals and how it affects resistance to microbial infection. In this work, we utilize in vitro models that include a variety of human and rodent cell types and in vivo models that include rodents and freshwater/marine species. We are interested in students that have a strong desire to discover relationships between stress and disease.