K. Supriya, Ph.D. (she/her)
Dr. K. Supriya is a biology education researcher and an evolutionary biologist. She cares deeply about centering social justice in science education and research, as well as improving scientific teaching and research by drawing upon and honoring a plurality of knowledge systems and cultural practices. She grew up in New Delhi, India and came to the U.S. to pursue a PhD in Evolutionary Biology at the University of Chicago. For her PhD, she studied competition between birds and ants for arthropod prey and nesting spaces in the eastern Himalaya. Over the course of her PhD, she became interested in inclusive pedagogy and the field of education research and went on to work as a postdoctoral researcher in the Biology Education Research lab at Arizona State University. As a postdoctoral researcher, she studied how assessments at the undergraduate level, particularly high-stakes exams, contribute to disparities in student grades by social identities and worked on a needs assessment of students in the online biology degree program.