Liz Roth-Johnson is a Discipline Based Education Research (DBER) Fellow in the Department of Life Sciences Core Education. Dr. Roth-Johnson completed her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology at UCLA and her B.A. degrees in Molecular & Cell Biology and Music at UC Berkeley. She has extensive research experience in the field of cell biology: she has applied techniques in biochemistry, microscopy, and genetics to studying protein trafficking in yeast (as an undergraduate) and the cytoskeleton’s role in fruit fly egg development (as a graduate student). Her teaching interests are similarly varied, as she has taught both molecular biology to science majors (LS XL 3) and introductory food science to non-science majors (PHYSCI 7). Dr. Roth-Johnson has also developed a keen interest in science writing and informal science education. As a graduate student, she worked with UCLA’s science outreach program Science & Food, and co-founded the K-8 science and engineering outreach program BEAM at UCLA. Shortly after graduating, she then spent a summer working as a science reporter at KQED through the AAAS Mass Media Fellowship Program. Through her education research, Dr. Roth-Johnson is dedicated to improving undergraduate education through incorporation of active learning strategies and quantitative reasoning into large-enrollment life sciences courses. Long term, she is interested in fostering collaborations with community partners to incorporate service learning and other high-impact practices into introductory level science courses.
Discipline-Based Education Research (DBER) Fellow, Department of Life Sciences Core Education
Nadia Sellami is a Discipline Based Education Research (DBER) Fellow in the Department of Life Sciences Core Education. Dr. Sellami earned her M.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with second major in Human Genetics from the University of Kiel, Germany, and her Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry from UCLA. During her M.S. thesis, she studied the role of DNA methylation in Hodgkin Lymphoma. Her Ph.D. research focused on the role of DNA replication and repair pathways in the generation and maintenance of stem cells. Before starting her post-doctoral fellowship, Dr. Sellami worked as a management consultant advising biotech companies on strategy and marketing. As part of her teaching activities, Dr. Sellami creates and tests evidence-based teaching methods such as active learning modules and flipped classrooms. Her research as a DBER fellow focuses on the effectiveness and impact of active learning in molecular biology higher education.