I am a biologist with interests in mitochondrial DNA and sex chromosomes.
I am a learner and a teacher with interests in STEM identity, belonging, and metacognition.
I am an Associate Director of the University of Pennsylvania Center for Teaching and Learning.
I promote inclusion in STEM and higher ed by facilitating belonging and creating accessible education resources.
My name is Cait and I use she/her pronouns.
I am an Associate Director at the University of Pennsylvania Center for Teaching and Learning.
I earned my BA in anthropology and biology from Smith College in Northampton, MA. I then earned my MS in biology at Smith College, where I studied an inversion polymorphism on the X chromosome in humans. I later developed a teaching laboratory exercise based on that work.
In 2015 I joined the PhD program in biological sciences at Vanderbilt University. Throughout my time at Vanderbilt, I sought out many opportunities to hone my teaching, oral presentation, and research skills. I have been fortunate to develop biology curriculum, my own research project, and explore my passion for teaching, all at once. I've even learned the basics of R (for data analysis) and CSS (to make this website!).
My work has led me to realize how much I enjoy teaching and making teaching materials. I have realized that my calling is to help others learn, both by teaching students directly, and also by helping faculty and graduate students learn effective, evidence-based teaching techniques.
I am interested in teaching students core biology concepts, problem-solving skills, and about their own learning.
Are you interested in collaborating? Please reach out.
I love to talk about mitochondria, mentorship, disability, inclusion in the classroom, and teaching via games.
Do any of these topics interest you? Please reach out!