Alexandra brings online career and professional development training to scientists. She is passionate about biomedical workforce issues and is a contributor to several research programs that investigate the efficacy of different career and professional development interventions for scientist trainees.
Shannon is passionate about educating audiences on impactful science issues through creative and effective communication. As part of the iBiology team, Shannon produces a variety of short talks that convey the excitement of science and explore issues facing the scientific community.
After completing my bachelor’s degree in Biology at the University of Virginia, I
pursued a PhD in Biological Sciences and Neurosciences at Vanderbilt University. My graduate school research was focused on the effects of the developmental photoperiod, the interval in a 24-hour period during which an organism is exposed to light in development, on the serotonergic system and its effects on depression/anxiety related behaviors during young adulthood. Our results established mechanisms by which seasonal photoperiods may dramatically and persistently alter the function of serotonin neurons. Throughout my career, I also have demonstrated a passion for teaching and improving learning among students. I have had numerous experiences as both a teaching assistant and tutor (see below), and my career goal has been to combine my background in the sciences with my passion for teaching. Accordingly, in 2015 I began working as a postdoctoral fellow in the Vanderbilt Center for Teaching. My work involves developing, managing, and maintaining two massive open online courses (MOOCs) through the Center for Integration of Research Teaching and Learning (CRTL). The first course, "An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching" is designed to provide graduate students, postdocs and faculty with evidence-based teaching strategies to help improve their teaching philosophies. The second course,"Advancing Learning Through Evidence-Based STEM Teaching" is designed to provide graduate students and academics with the basic tools to design and implement a teaching-as- research (TAR) project in or outside their classroom. This course also covers several more advanced evidence-based teaching strategies to help students design and implement their TAR projects.
Daniel is an independent software developer, specializing in e-learning and simulation applications. He is helping the iBiology Courses team develop this e-learning site using Open EdX open source software.