MS, University of Rochester
PhD, University of Rochester
While in high school, Amanda had amazing teachers and mentors in science, and these individuals played a significant role in determining her educational and career path. She graduated summa cum laude from Skidmore College with a major in chemistry with a biochemistry concentration and a second major in dance performance. After Skidmore, she was as a biochemist at General Electric’s Global Research Center, completing research in cancer diagnostics and molecular imaging while working with a team to lead science instruction for area elementary students. She went on to graduate school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, where she earned a M.S. and Ph. D. in biochemistry. During those years, she served as a student mentor in the laboratory, a teaching assistant in undergraduate biochemistry courses. She also completed a scientist-instructor internship at URMC's Life Sciences Learning Center. She is an accomplished researcher, presenter, lecturer, and published writer. At Taft, Amanda teaches chemistry and AP biology, teaches yoga, assists with the dance program, and serves as a Lower Mid Dean. She serves as a dorm parent in USGD and she lives on campus with her husband Jared, daughters Cora and Charlie, and black lab Dakota.