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. You can read about some of my efforts to introduce cutting-edge neuroscience in the classroom here, and find some of my teaching materials here.

I also love teaching in unusual places. Most recently, I’ve organized events with San Diego Science Storytelling Y’all, which trains local scientists to bring their stories to the stage. 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 helped develop sustainable curricula for K-12 teachers to implement in their own classrooms through both the UCSD Outreach Teaching Training Program and as an NSF GK-12 Socrates Fellow