Biology Education Research Faculty

Learn more about this group by contacting Dr. Julie Dangremond Stanton ( or visiting the SEER Center website.

The purpose of Biology Education Research at UGA is to promote research that requires integrated thinking about biology and university education and to develop interdisciplinary scientists who can do educational research and life sciences research. Graduate students who choose Biology Education Research will be co-mentored by a biology education researcher and a life science researcher. The student and advisors will collaborate to develop a mentoring arrangement, training plan, and research objectives that will best prepare a student for his or her career goals.

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Andrews, Tessa

Tessa Andrews Associate Professor Genetics Undergraduate evolution education; instructor experiences, knowledge, and skills in teaching biology; teaching context and climate in life science departments. Website

Bolger, Molly

Molly Bolger Associate Professor, Cellular Biology Biology education; Understanding student scientific development; Biological modeling in classrooms; Instructor reasoning in non-traditional classrooms Website

Brickman, Peggy

Peggy Brickman Professor Plant Biology Factors that motivate undergraduates to learn science; scientific literacy skill acquisition; and effective methods to provide instructional feedback. Website

Chang, Shu-Mei

Shu-Mei Chang Professor Plant Biology Evolutionary Ecology of flowering plants; Plant mating system evolution. Website

Dangremond Stanton, Julie

Julie Dangremond Stanton Associate Professor Cellular Biology My research is focused on the use of metacognition to enhance student learning in biology. Website

Dolan, Erin L. 

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. Website

Dougan, Scott

Scott Dougan Associate Professor Cellular Biology Molecular and cellular basis of pattern formation in vertebrates; developmental genetics of zebrafish. Website

Farmer, Mark

Mark Farmer Professor Cellular Biology Protist systematics, cell evolution, and flagellar development. Website

Frischer, Marc

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. Website

Garfinkel, David

David Garfinkel Professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Retrovirus-like transposons in budding yeast, control of transposition, restriction factors. Website

Kannan, Natarajan

Natarajan Kannan Associate Professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Bioinformatics Evolutionary systems biology; protein kinase signaling in plants, pathogens and microbes. Evolution and classification of glycoenzymes. Website

Leebens-Mack, Jim

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. Website

Lemons, Paula

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. Website

Majewska, Ania

Ania Majewska Assistant Professor, Physiology & Pharmacology Department Course-based undergraduate research experiences, virtual reality in learning physiology and anatomy, culturally responsive teaching. Website

Medlock, Amy

Amy Medlock Associate Professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Understanding intracellular and intercellular heme transport. Website

Muralidharan, Vasant

Vasant Muralidharan Assistant Professor Cellular Biology Molecular and cellular biology of the human malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum. Website

Ovid, Dax

Dax Ovid Assistant Professor, Physiology & Pharmacology Department CORPUS Education Lab: Collaborative Opportunities for Research in Physiology and Under/Graduate Science | DBER | Curriculum Studies | Equity & Inclusion Website

Quinn, Shannon

Shannon Quinn Assistant Professor Cellular Biology Biomedical imaging and large graph mining in public health applications. Website

Russo-Tait, Tati

Tati Russo-Tait Assistant Professor Cellular Biology We engage in interdisciplinary and collaborative research projects employing various methodological approaches to examine different facets of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice issues in undergraduate biology and STEM education. Website

Schmidt, Walter

Walter K. Schmidt Jr. Professor Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Scholar Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Neuroscience Molecular cell biology and biochemistry of proteases associated with isoprenylated protein maturation and amyloidogenic peptide degradation; cancer; Alzheimer’s disease. Website

Stanger-Hall, Kathrin

Kathrin Stanger-Hall Professor Plant Biology; Adjunct Faculty in Entomology and the College of Education Phylogenetics and Evolution of Fireflies (Coleoptera, Lampyridae), Signal evolution, Science communication. Website

Sweigart, Andrea

Andrea Sweigart Professor Genetics Evolutionary genetics and genomics of natural plant populations. Website

Wells, Lance

Lance Wells Professor, Georgia Research Alliance Distinguished Investigator Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Complex Carbohydrate Research Center Role of protein glycosylation in intellectual disability, congenital muscular dystrophy, cancer, and viral infection. Website

Wood, Zachary

Zachary Wood Associate Professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biology X-ray crystallographic and biochemical studies of nucleotide sugar metabolism. Website