Andrew Hasley, who often goes by, Drew, currently co-manages BioQUEST's Universal Design for Learning initiative. This initiative focuses on providing professional development for undergraduate biology faculty at 2- and 4-year institutions to help them adopt and apply a UDL approach to their teaching.
Dr. Hasley earned a Ph.D. in genetics from University of Wisconsin - Madison in 2016. His graduate work ranged from the use of whole genome expression to study zygotic gene activation in zebrafish, to the evolution of early embryonic cleavage patterns in vertebrates, to the relevance of genetics and biotechnology to the concept of Novel Ecosystems and biodiversity conservation. He then completed a postdoc with Dr. Nicole Perna at UW-Madison researching how metabolic genes and networks evolve in enterobacteria using bioinformatics and phylogenetics. Dr. Perna and Dr. Hasley are currently finalizing analyses and working on publication.
In addition to his genetics research, Dr. Hasley has devoted substantial effort to outreach and research on strategies for making biology, especially quantitative biology, education more accessible for students with disabilities. This focus has broadened to an interest in Universal Design for Learning, a framework for creating instructional environments that are usable by, accessible to, and inclusive of, as many students as possible. Work in this area has included curriculum development and numerous workshops and presentations, nearly always in collaboration with talented colleagues. Dr. Hasley can provide a, sadly, rare perspective to discussions of UDL in biology education as he is himself a blind biologist who has been blind since birth.
Dr. Hasley currently lives in Bemidji, Minnesota with his wife, Megan, who is a wildlife and ecology researcher with the Minnesota department of Natural Resources.
He is currently searching for career opportunities that will allow him to combine is passions for scientific research and teaching.