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Mary Ellen Wiltrout

Mary Ellen Wiltrout

Mary Ellen Wiltrout is a Digital Learning Scientist and Lecturer in Digital Learning in the Department of Biology. She completed her Ph.D. in Graham Walker’s lab from the Department of Biology at MIT, taught molecular biology and more at Harvard University, and returned to MIT as a core development member of 7.00x. In 2013, she then transitioned to a role to oversee all of the MITx projects for the Department of Biology at MIT.
 

Darcy Gordon

Darcy Gordon

Darcy Gordon is a Digital Learning Lab Fellow in the Department of Biology as a postdoctoral associate. She completed her Ph.D. with her project entitled "Evolutionary Neurobiology of Exceptionally Polymorphic Ants" in the Traniello lab at Boston University. Since July 2017, Darcy has been a core member of the MITx Biology course development team.
 

Darcy Gordon

Monika M. M. Avello

Monika (Moni) Avello is a Digital Learning Lab Fellow in the Department of Biology as a postdoctoral associate. She completed her Ph.D. with her project entitled “Characterization of an exclusion mechanism in an integrative and conjugative element in Bacillus subtilis" in the Grossman lab at MIT. Since September 2018, Moni has been a core member of the MITx Biology course development team.
 

Yasmin Chau

Yasmin Chau

Yasmin contribued to problem development for 7.05x Biochemistry and continues to help with other courses. She completed her PhD in the lab of Jing-Ke Weng studying the molecular basis underlying the medicinal effects of natural products.

Mingyu Yang

Mingyu Yang

Ming is a first-year PhD Student in Medical Engineering & Medical Physics at MIT with interests in educational research and the application to classroom practice. Ming is helping us develop a new 7.06 Cell Biology MOOC series.

Swati Carr

Swati Carr

Swati Carr was a Digital Learning Lab Fellow in the Department of Biology. She completed her Ph.D. by developing methodology for improving the predictability of engineered genetic device behaviour in the Densmore lab at Boston University. As part of her role as a core member of the MITx Biology course development team, Swati developed and tested assessments for 7.28.3x and other courses. Swati is now an Learning Experience Designer at Extension Engine.
 

Sera Thornton

Sera Thornton

Sera Thornton was a Digital Learning Lab Fellow in the Department of Biology from June 2014 to June 2017. In conjunction with her role as a core member of the MITx Biology course development team, Sera curated and created the graphics and video for their courses, including animating the lecture video inserts for the 7.28x series. Prior to that, she completed her Ph.D. studying epigenetic gene regulation in stem cell lineage commitment and differentiation in the Boyer lab at MIT. She first transitioned to an Instructional Designer position in the University Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Pittsburgh and now works as a Learning Scientist and Teaching Consultant at the same school.
 

Nathaniel Schafheimer

Nathaniel Schafheimer

Nathaniel Schafheimer was a Digital Learning Lab Fellow in the Department of Biology from 2013 to 2015. He previously completed his Ph.D. studying how ultraviolet light damages the proteins in the lens of the human eye in Jonathan King’s lab at MIT. He is now a Patent Agent at Lando & Anastasi, LLP.
 

Theresa Wasylenko

Theresa Wasylenko

Theresa Wasylenko developed or tested many problem-solving assessments for 7.00x, 7.28.1x, and 7.28.2x during her Ph.D. and postdoc in the Housman lab at MIT. After leaving MIT, she was a Lecturer of Biological Science at Olin College. Theresa returned to MIT as an instructor for the 7.02 lab and continues to contribute to our new projects.

Rachel Shen

Rachel Shen

Rachel worked with us during her freshman year as an undergraduate at MIT. During the 2018-2019 academic year, she helped us develop the 7.05x Biochemistry course by giving us her student-perspective insights. She now continues at MIT as a course 7 major.

High School Intern

The High School Intern

Our 2017 and 2018 high school intern graduated from Boston Latin high school. She started college at Northeastern Unviersity September 2018 with interest in studying biological engineering. She shared her experiences at MIT through the mitxbio Instagram. During her intern time, she created new Cerego flashcards for the 7.00x Introduction to Biology course. In 2018, she did development work on on the 7.05x Biochemistry course.
 

Ceri Riley

Ceri Riley

Ceri Riley graduated from MIT in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Comparative Media Studies and Biology. During her time as an MITx Biology UROP, she contributed to the team's educational videos, including production — from researching to scripting to animation to editing — of several of the videos in 7.28.1x and 7.28.2x. She is now a writer and editor for SciShow and cohost of the science podcast SciShow Tangents.
 

Megan Warner

Megan Warner

Megan Warner completed her Ph.D. in Steve Bell's lab in the Department of Biology at MIT. In addition to her graduate work, she created and evaluated assessment questions for 7.00x and the 7.28x series. She is now a Senior Scientist at First Light Biosciences, a diagnostic company working to design tests for hospital-acquired bacterial infections.
 

Manoshi Datta

Manoshi Datta

Manoshi Datta completed her Ph.D. in Computational and Systems Biology under the supervision of Professors Gore, Polz, and Cordero at MIT. During her time at MIT, she created and evaluated assessment questions for 7.00x and 7.QBWx, and tested and coded materials for 7.28.3x. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Technion - Isreal Institute of Technology.
 

AJ Amor

AJ Amor

AJ Amor completed his Ph.D. in Bob Sauer's lab in the Department of Biology at MIT. In addition to his graduate work, he created and evaluated assessment questions for the 7.28x series and other digital learning projects on campus.