Biology Education Research Faculty

Learn more about this group by contacting Dr. Paula Lemons ( or visiting the SEER Center website.

Biology Education Research involves the study of teaching, learning, and the sociocultural context of biology, particularly at the undergraduate level. Biology education research groups at UGA investigate topics such as the difficulties students encounter when learning science concepts, the acquisition of scientific skills, the knowledge and feedback faculty need to use active-learning pedagogies, the science identity of students engaged in undergraduate research, and the classroom, departmental, and institutional cultures that promote or interfere with learning. BER uses standard social science methods like observations, interviews, surveys, and testing. In some departments at UGA there is an opportunity for co-mentorship in both biology education research and traditional bench or field research. The members of our IG include both biology education researchers and bench/field researchers.

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Tessa Andrews
Assistant Professor Genetics

Undergraduate evolution education; instructor experiences, knowledge, and skills in teaching biology; teaching context and climate in life science departments.

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Norris Armstrong
Associate Professor Genetics

Assessment in large classes; undergraduates as a resource to improve teaching and learning; promoting active learning in large lectures.

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Peggy Brickman
Professor Plant Biology

Factors that motivate undergraduates to learn science; scientific literacy skill acquisition; and effective methods to provide instructional feedback.

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Shu-Mei Chang
Associate Professor Plant Biology

Evolutionary Ecology of flowering plants; Plant mating system evolution.

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Julie Dangremond Stanton
Assistant Professor Cellular Biology

My research is focused on the use of metacognition to enhance student learning in biology.

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Erin L. Dolan
Georgia Athletic Association Professor in Innovative Science Education Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Course-based undergraduate research, student integration into the scientific community; research mentoring of undergraduate researchers.

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Lisa Donovan
Professor Plant Biology

Plant evolutionary ecophysiology, adaptations to stress.

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Scott T. Dougan
Associate Professor Cellular Biology

Molecular and cellular basis of pattern formation in vertebrates; developmental genetics of zebrafish.

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Mark Farmer
Professor Cellular Biology

Protist systematics, cell evolution, and flagellar development.

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Marc Frischer
Professor Marine Sciences

Role of microbial diversity in marine environments and the utilization of molecular methods to investigate microbial diversity, interactions between micro- and macroscopic organisms and the functioning of marine ecosystems.

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David J. Garfinkel
Professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Retrovirus-like transposons in budding yeast, factors that modulate retrotransposition and genome stability.

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Natarajan Kannan
Associate Professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Bioinformatics

Evolutionary systems biology; protein kinase signaling in plants, pathogens and microbes.

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Jim Leebens-Mack
Associate Professor Plant Biology

Phylogenetics, genetics of diversification including speciation; molecular basis of adaptation; evolutionary genomics; evolution of plant reproduction; organismal and molecular coevolution.

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Paula Lemons
Associate Professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

My research investigates problem solving among biochemistry undergraduates and the process college science instructors go through as they innovate their teaching.

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Amy Medlock
Assistant Professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Understanding intracellular and intercellular heme transport.

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Kojo Mensa-Wilmot
Professor Cellular Biology

Cell Signaling, Organelle Biogenesis, and Drug Discovery in Trypanosomes.


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Michelle Momany
Professor Plant Biology

Cellular and molecular biology of polar growth in fungi.

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Allen J. Moore
Distinguished Research Professor Genetics

Genetics, evolution and development of behavior; sexual selection; quantitative genetic models of evolution

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Vasant Muralidharan
Assistant Professor Cellular Biology

Molecular and cellular biology of the human malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum.

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Shannon P. Quinn
Assistant Professor Cellular Biology

Biomedical imaging and large graph mining in public health applications.

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Walter K. Schmidt Jr.
Associate Professor, Georgia Cancer Coalition Scholar Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Molecular cell biology and biochemistry of proteases associated with isoprenylated protein maturation and amyloidogenic peptide degradation; cancer; Alzheimer’s disease.

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Kathrin Stanger-Hall
Associate Professor Plant Biology

Signal evolution in fireflies (Lampyridae); research in undergraduate education in the sciences.

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Andrea Sweigart
Associate Professor Genetics

Evolutionary genetics and genomics of natural plant populations

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Lance Wells
Associate Professor, Georgia Cancer Coalition Scholar Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Role of post-translational modifications, primarily O-glycosylation, in human diseases including type II diabetes, cancer, and congenital muscular dystrophy.

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Zachary A. Wood
Associate Professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

X-ray crystallographic and biochemical studies of nucleotide sugar metabolism.

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