Uses the model plant Arabidopsis thialiana to understand the basic mechanisms of plant disease resistance with an ultimate goal to cure and/or prevent devastating crop diseases that lead to agricultural losses. Mentored women and underrepresented minority undergraduate and graduate students in STEM. Provided laboratory training to K-12 science teachers from low performing schools in Baltimore County. Worked with high school students on NASA and HHMI sponsored projects. Served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Mid-Atlantic section of the American Society of Plant Biologists.