BSP Curriculum Development Coordinator.
Jennifer was a Research Fellow in the Van Vactor laboratory from 2009-2014. Her research interest is the role of microtubule regulation during nervous system development in the fruitfly, Drosophila melanogaster.
Jennifer has had a long standing interest in science education and has teaching experience at many levels, from middle school through medical school. Prior to earning her Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Physiology from Yale University, she earned an M.A. in Secondary Science Education and taught high school biology at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, CT. In her own words, “teaching is what gets me out of bed in the morning.” While at Harvard, she supervised summer students from the SHURP and BSP programs, BSP Curriculum Development Fellows, Harvard undergraduates and a visiting PhD student from the Instituto Cajal in Spain. In addition to her work in the laboratory, Jennifer served as a tutor at Harvard Medical School, a laboratory instructor at the Harvard Extension School and an adjunct professor at Simmons College. In the spring of 2014, she was involved in the design of a new course at Harvard Medical School on Translational Medicine: Identifying Unmet Medical Needs and Translational Solutions.
Jennifer is focused on designing interactive, student-centered curriculum to encourage students to take an active role in their own learning. She is also committed to the use of technology in the classroom and is interested in ways to incorporate basic science research into the classroom. Jennifer is currently teaching science at the Buckingham, Browne and Nichols School in Cambridge, MA.