Beth earned her PhD from the University of Chicago in 1995, supported by a NSF Graduate Fellowship. She then completed three years of postdoctoral training at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. At Thomas Jefferson she trained in chick and mouse models of skeletal development with an emphasis on the genetic pathways affecting cellular differentiation and extracellular matrix production. In 1999 she became a tenure-track faculty member at DePaul University, where she taught developmental biology and managed research projects for over 2 decades. Along the way she completed several research sabbaticals with colleagues at Northwestern, Loyola, and the University of Illinois-Chicago. After attending the Woods Hole Embryology Course in 2005, she met the zebrafish and decided to switch her research focus to this organism.
In 2022 she switched from college professor to full-time research scientist with the team at ACT-GeM. Her time is split between laboratory management and trainee development, offering expertise in molecular biology, histology, microscopy, statistical analysis, medical writing and scientific illustration.