Research InterestsUndergraduate education, higher-order learning, faculty development, student motivation, implementing change, channelopathy, rare disease
My education research focuses on strategies effective for implementing the change to higher order learning, since all too frequently learning and teaching target lower order cognitive skills that instead drive memorization. This focus for educating all undergraduates in 21st-century life sciences relies on the development of scientific literacy to prepare for biology-related challenges in multiple career paths and in society. I am also developing and implementing a novel strategy to provide personalized medicine in families with rare diseases that have overlapping but distinct symptoms in different people. This approach will accelerate the time-to-diagnosis of uncommon complex diseases and our understanding of them (e.g., the influence of ion channel pathology on multiple physiological systems).
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