Denise joined the UTeach Natural Sciences program in 2006 as a Clinical Assistant Professor. She has worked with new teacher induction, and taught Apprentice Teaching, Step 1, Step 2, and Project-Based Instruction. Denise has also taught Research Methods. She has traveled with the UTeach French Exchange program as well as visited universities that are replicating the UTeach program.
Denise received her B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of California at Davis and M.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana. Prior to teaching, she pursued research topics in plant genetics, drug delivery systems, cholesterol and lipid biochemistry, and protein transport in mitochondria. Denise began teaching high school in 1990 as an inaugural corps member of Teach for America. She taught Biology, Chemistry, and AP Chemistry in New Orleans for 15 years.