Teaching & Outreach

Developing inquiry-based curricula with an emphasis on research using open access datasets

As an Assistant Teaching Professor at UC San Diego, I am designing and teaching Neurobiology Laboratory (BIPN 145), Neural Data Science (BIPN 162), as well as several Master’s courses on critical thinking & presentation in science. I’m passionate about developing approaches to create realistic, engaging laboratory experiences that invite underrepresented students into neuroscience.

I love teaching in unusual places. In 2018, I performed neuroscience-themed standup as a part of The Symposium, and improv as a part of Unteachables (both at Caveat in NYC). As an invited neuroscientist for Guerilla Science, I co-hosted neuroscience-inspired events at the Oregon Eclipse Festival, The Attraction Lab  (NYC), and the Sweet Shoppe (NYC). In college, I worked with the women of Northampton County Prison and Santa Cruz County Jail, bringing music, art, and book classes into their spaces.

As a graduate student, I designed and taught Principles of Behavior (UCSD PSYC 103) as well as a six-week module on neuroscience and its societal impacts at High Tech High. Through both the UCSD Outreach Teaching Training Program and as an NSF GK-12 Socrates Fellow, I helped develop sustainable curricula for teachers to implement in their own classrooms.