Molecular Biology, Cellular Biology & Biology Education
My research focuses on making improvements in biology education. Specifically, I am interested in the challenges that students face as they transition from high school or community college to a four-year college, and how these challenges affect their ability to succeed in an introductory majors biology course. I am engaged in research that not only explores challenges that students face, but also focuses on methods for easing the transition. Previous research has focused on curriculum improvements; we explored the positioning of genomics in biology education using introductory biology textbooks as a benchmark*. While, current research has involved the development and assessment of a freshman seminar in biology course, as well as the possible correlation between motivation or metacognitive awareness and success in introductory biology.
*Wernick, NLB, Ndung’u, E, Haughton, D, Ledley, FD. Positioning genomics in biology education: content mapping of undergraduate biology textbooks. Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education, 2014 Dec; 15(2): 268-276.
B.A., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Dartmouth College
Ph.D., Molecular and Cellular Biology, Brandeis University