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I'm a Lecturer at the Bothell campus of the University of Washington. My current work consists mostly of teaching biology students and nursing students, and also includes research on innovations in STEM education. I previously did laboratory research on infectious disease drug targets (2007-2014) and on the metabolism of methylotrophic bacteria (2003-2007), human skeletal muscles (1996-2002), and plant sphingolipids (1993-1995). I have a Ph.D. in Physiology & Biophysics (2002), which I try not to be too pretentious about, and an undergraduate degree in Biology (1995). It is generally easiest to reach me by email (

5/29/17 The results of the 2017 USCOTS A-Mu-Sing Competition are in. Believe it or not, I placed 2nd in the cartoon division with my entry, Three Students Walk into a Class.... (And honorable mention in the music division, for The Null Hypothesis.)
5/24/17 This week I have two more guest posts on the Dynamic Ecology blog: one in which I ask how we should be teaching the "scientific method," and one in which I reveal that, as of next January, I will have a new job!
4/5/17 Who should and should not be coauthors of research studies? I have opinions.
12/3/16 Not all of my songs are purely educational. Here's me singing "Kidney Wonderland" at the UW Nephrology holiday party.
11/14/16 I'm not an ecologist, but occasionally I play one on the Internet.
11/9/16 Students, here is my post-election open letter to you.
9/9/16 For me, the last 2.5 years have been an intense period of teaching lots of anatomy & physiology ("A&P") ... and writing lots of short songs about this material. Check out the current collection of lyrics, sheet music, and study questions for over 90 original A&P songs (plus a few parodies)!
5/26/16 The publisher of our International Journal of Science Education article has issued a news release about it: Could sing-a-long science be the key to straight As?
3/2/16 Today, almost exactly 1.5 years after I left full-time lab research behind, my last 1st-author paper based on that research was published: Biochemical screening of five protein kinases from Plasmodium falciparum against 14,000 cell-active compounds.
2/3/16 Thanks to musical collaborator Monty Harper, I now have a really nice recording of my Nernst equation song! (The link is to the video, which is not itself really nice, but includes the really nice music.)
1/19/16 An article we started writing in the spring of 2013 has finally been published in the International Journal of Science Education. Though the title (Leveraging the power of music to improve science education) sounds like that of a review article, it's an empirical study of STEM music videos.
12/14/15 The December 2015 issue of the Journal of Mathematics Education is a special issue on "Music as a Theme for Contextualized Mathematics Education." It includes my article (with coauthors Katie Davis, Kiki Jenkins, and Jennifer Breckler) Integration of math jingles into physiology courses.
8/7/15 The AAAS website has now published my spring 2014 students' annotations of two Science papers. Our entries are A shoot full of sugar helps the flowering begin (based on V. Wahl et al., Science 339: 704-7, 2013) and Shape shifters of the plant world (based on D. Vlad et al., Science 343:780-3, 2014).
6/17/15 The display "STEM songs: not just child's play" may now be seen on the bottom floor of UW-Bothell's Discovery Hall. I designed it with my son Phil (UWB Class of 2029).
5/18/15 Three summers ago, UW medical student Sarah Weller performed a high-throughput screen seeking to identify new inhibitors of the Sec pathway. A report on that screen and follow-up work was published today (online) in the Journal of Biomolecular Screening.
5/1/15 Former undergraduate research assistant Jack Mo has been accepted to medical school at the University of Washington and will begin his studies there in the fall. Congratulations, Jack!

(Older news items can be found in the news archive.)