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Adjunct Professor for BIO1016, General Biology Lab - Cellular

College of Arts & Sciences, Johnson & Wales University

Fall 2021

This is a laboratory companion course coordinated with BIO1011 that introduces students to techniques and equipment used in experimental biology. Students take an inquiry-based, self-guided learning approach to the discovery of cell structure and function, photosynthesis and cellular respiration, the cell cycle, and genetics. Additionally, this laboratory course provides students with the opportunity to practice laboratory safety, design experimental procedures, collect data, analyze results and discuss conclusions.

Adjunct Professor for BIO105, Life Science for Elementary Education Lab

Department of Biology, Marine Biology, & Environmental science, Roger Williams University

Fall 2021

This course is designed as a foundation in the biological sciences for future elementary school teachers. The goal of this course is for future teachers to gain a better understanding of major biological principles and processes so that they will be more comfortable with and proficient in teaching life science in the elementary classroom. As such, this course focuses on science content and not science pedagogy, though the teaching of biology in the classroom will be discussed. Topics will include basic cell biology, the flow of energy and material through living systems, genetics and heredity, basic human development, mechanisms of evolution, the diversity of life, and the principles of ecology. The laboratory reinforces the concepts of the class and provides students with a hands-on, inquiry-based introduction to the process of science.

Head Teaching Assistant for Momentum (MIT Course 16.682) 

Office of Minority Education, MIT

Jan 2019

In this class, students devised improvements for the entry/egress user experience for GM’s self-driving cars. TAs assisted with programming, mechanical and electrical engineering, public speaking, and brainstorming. The Head TA was additionally responsible for coordinating with the event supervisors, listening to student feedback, and overseeing the other course TAs.

In this class, students were challenged to create a 10-minute educational demo that utilized virtual reality. TAs assisted with programming in C sharp, use of the 3D game design engine Unity, and use of the windows mixed reality headset and controllers. The Head TA was additionally responsible for coordinating with the event supervisors, listening to student feedback, and overseeing the other course TAs.

Jan 2018

In this class, students used EMG signals from their muscles to control a robotic arm and complete a basic task. TAs assisted with programming, mechanical and electrical engineering, public speaking, use of 3D modeling software, and 3D printing. The Head TA was additionally responsible for coordinating with the event supervisors, listening to student feedback, and overseeing the other course TAs.

Jan 2017

Jan 2016

(Regular TA) In this class, students used EMG signals from their muscles to control a robotic arm and complete a basic task. TAs assisted with programming, mechanical and electrical engineering, public speaking, use of 3D modeling software, and 3D printing.

Supervisor for the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program

Jasanoff Lab, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT

2013 - 2022

I have supervised many undergraduates working in the Jasanoff Lab at MIT for various lengths of time. My responsibility as a supervisor included directly overseeing student progress, setting student goals, providing feedback, and teaching students about research projects and experimental methods.

List of Former Undergraduate Trainees

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Lana Shanab

Student at Mailman School

of Public Health '24

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Elizabeth DeTienne, MS

Software Engineer at Samsara

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Jean Chow

QA analyst at Osso VR

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Yasemin Ersen

Recent graduate from Wellesley College

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Jiyoung Lee, MD

Resident at

UCLA medical school

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Cortni Dick

Senior Scientist I at Novartis

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Grace Sun

Rising junior, MIT

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Hermoon Worku, MD

Anesthesiology resident at

Brigham and Women's 

Facilitator for SeminarXL Classes

Office of MInority Education, MIT

2016 - 2019

I taught three classes as part of MIT’s Seminar XL program, including introductory biology and introductory programming. My responsibilities included developing a syllabus, creating worksheets, and managing the classroom.

Instructor for Evolving Verses

Educational Studies Program, HSSP, MIT

Spring 2018

Evolving verses was an exploratory poetry class that delved into the limits of what falls under the definition of poetry; the curriculum I designed included topics like slam poetry, digital poetry, prose poetry, etc. Students read works in each category and wrote their own pieces.

Instructor for Short Fiction Workshop

Educational Studies Program, HSSP, MIT

Spring 2018

The curriculum I designed introduced students to short fiction pieces. Students read and interpreted published works of short fiction, then wrote their own pieces and critiqued each other’s work.

Kaufman Teaching Certificate Recipient

Spring 2016

In this interactive class, students learn the theory behind and practice application of a variety of teaching methods. Example course topics include syllabus design, active learning, and development of a teaching statement.

TA for Experimental Biology (MIT Course 7.02J)

Spring 2015

In this lab class, TAs assisted students in performing basic biological experiments. TAs also edited problem sets, graded lab reports, provided technical feedback on student papers, and graded exams.

TA for Introductory Biology (MIT Course 7.013)

Fall 2014

TA’s led twice-weekly recitation sections in addition to attending lecture, grading, and providing feedback on exams.

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