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I am a learning scientist, assistant professor of STEM education, and Principal Investigator of the ABC Learning Lab—a research group at the University of Texas at El Paso College of Education that studies emerging technologies in biology and computer sciences and their use in K-12 education. I lead work developing and deploying curriculum activities to study their impact on student learning. My recent work focuses on how middle and high school students learn when they design and construct with biology. I also lead a research initiative to bring culturally relevant computer science-based data science to high school learners. My work in computer science education has been consistently funded by the National Science Foundation. I hold a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) Graduate School of Education, and M.S. in Engineering from the UPenn School of Engineering and Applied Science and a B.S. in Molecular Biology and English Literature from the University of Miami (FL).



Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education                             

Thesis Title: When Biology Learning Paradigms Shift: What Middle School Students Know, Think, and Learn about Synthetic Biology 


Dissertation Committee: Yasmin B. Kafai (chair), Iris Tabak, Sigal Ben-Porath


M.S. University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Science   


Concentration: Biopharmaceutical & Engineering Biotechnologies

Advisor: Scott L. Diamond


B.S. University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences       


Concentration: Biology and English Literature


Thesis Title: Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs Elicit Apoptosis in Colon Cancer Cells via Caspase-dependent Pathways 


Advisor: Michael S. Gaines

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