The Professional Development (PD) Subcommittee is dedicated to providing DBER Scholars-in-Training (DBER-SiT) with opportunities to hone their professional skills to better prepare for the next steps in their career.

Toward this end, this subcommittee will:

  • Survey DBER-SiT members to determine the types of PD they need
  • Organize annual workshops relevant to what DBER-SiT members need
  • Provide an outlet for member feedback from workshops


Here are the current PD subcommittee members: 

Brie Tripp

Brie is obtaining her PhD in biology education research at Portland State University. Her background is in biomedical sciences, B.S. from California State University, Stanislaus. She had the amazing opportunity to spend part of her undergraduate studies in Australia, studying genetics and stem cell tissue engineering. Brie's current research focuses on faculty and undergraduate students' conceptualization of the interdisciplinary nature of science - what interdisciplinarity in science means, ways to operationalize it, how to apply it, and best practices for assessing it in the classroom. Her hope is that she can amplify the importance of interdisciplinary science in ways that promote diversity in STEM and foster collaborative and communicative efforts across disciplines. Brie is a current board member on the Sigma Xi Columbia-Willamette Chapter of the Scientific Research Honor Society and a lead Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Center of Teaching and Innovation. In addition, she currently teaches anatomy and physiology labs at PSU, as well as an undergraduate cadaver dissection course. In her spare time, you can find Brie traversing mountain-tops with her pup, climbing new terrain, and exploring hidden parts of nature. 



Miranda Chen

Miranda was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, where she earned her B.Sc. with Honors in Biology, minoring in Environmental Studies at York University. At the end of her undergrad, thinking she wanted to be a conservation manager of some sort, Miranda sought out her M.Sc. with Dr. Sapna Sharma, examining the impacts of projected climate change on the distributions of cisco, an important forage prey fish. Though becoming an ecological modeler was a lot of fun, Miranda found her passion in teaching, mentoring, and working with people. Two weeks after defending her M.Sc., she packed up and moved south to work with Dr. Beth Schussler in science education research. Miranda is currently interested in investigating what contributes to teaching and research anxiety in Biology Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs). Outside of work, you can find Miranda volunteering with her local Catholic Church, planning for her winter wedding, or fawning over pictures of her goddaughter, Indiana. 



Kelsey Gray

Kelsey spent her early years in Canton, Ohio before moving to Columbus to attend The Ohio State University where she earned her B.S. in biomedical science with a minor in philosophy. Her undergraduate research experience motivated the pursuit of a Ph.D. in genetics and molecular biology at the University of North Carolina where she studied a neuromuscular disorder, spinal muscular atrophy, at the bench and the development of undergraduate critical analysis of primary literature in the classroom. The week before her defense, Kelsey was offered a postdoctoral position with the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative at Emory University. She is currently investigating the perceived relevance of science education and metacognitive regulation practices of Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns learning science in the US and at monastic institutions in south India. She is also training for a 10-mile race, recently learned how to make pottery, and enjoys spending time with her cat.
Twitter: @KelseyMGray


Elizabeth Genné-Bacon

Liz earned her bachelor’s degree in genetics and evolutionary anthropology at Rutgers University, and her PhD in genetics at Yale University. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Center for Translational Science Education at Tufts University School of Medicine. Her work with the PARE Project (a module-based CURE on antibiotic resistance) focuses on understanding the barriers that instructors face toward implementing educational innovations in diverse institutional settings. She also works on improving high school teacher pedagogical content knowledge through the development of online courses for teachers.  In her spare time she enjoys over-analyzing Star Trek episodes and volunteering at the local zoo. 
Twitter: @LizGenBac


Linh Chau

Linh earned her B.S. in biological sciences with a focus on ecology, evolution, and behavior at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. She moved onto her PhD in Biology, where she studied the evolution of sociality in social insects using bioinformatic tools. During her graduate training at Georgia Institute of Technology, she developed an interest in science education and teaching. She is currently a postdoctoral associate at the University of Minnesota’s Department of Biology Teaching and Learning. Her research is focused on how students’ connect mathematical equations to biological phenomena and the factors which foster these connections. In her free time, she enjoys programming, spending her time with her cat, and memes. 
Twitter: @LineChau