I have had the opportunity to participate in many local, national, and international organizations. A few of my favorites are listed below.

NSF I-Corps logoI-Corps
I am a member of the CSU I-CorpsTM teaching team. Our NSF-funded I-Corps program helps faculty and students from all of the California State University campuses learn to identify “problems worth solving” through evidence-based entrepreneurship.


American Society for Microbiology logoAmerican Society for Microbiology
Throughout my career, I have been deeply involved in the ASM. Currently, I am on the ASM Board of Directors, Chair of the ASM Ethics Committee, editor-in-chief of Microcosm magazine, and a member of the ASM Communications Committee.


On January 1, 2019 I will become editor-in-chief of the ASM Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education (JMBE). This role reflects my deep belief that excellence in science education is critical for maintaining the pipeline of research needed to solve pressing problems, and that research is critical for instilling new insights and excitement into the classroom.

San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering - Excite your mind!

San Diego Science and Engineering Festival
I have been involved in the San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering since it was founded in 2009, and I am currently on the Board of Directors. The festival provides opportunities for people of all ages to learn more about STEM, with a particular focus on getting K-12 kids excited about science and engineering.