Beth earned her Bachelor of Arts in Biology, Chemistry, and Classics from Western Maryland College and her PhD in Human Genetics from University of Maryland, Baltimore. She completed postdoctoral training at the MRC Human Genetics Unit in Edinburgh, Scotland and The Salk Institute in La Jolla, CA. She has worked for nearly 20 years at Duke University School of Medicine where she is a Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology leading an NIH-funded research lab that studies the genetic basis of human disease. She is also Associate Dean for Research Training, overseeing curriculum, trainee development, admissions, and mentor training for the School of Medicine’s 17 biomedical PhD programs. She has served as Editor-in-Chief of an international, peer-reviewed scientific journal since 2020.