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Jen possesses a breadth of experiences that support her desire and ability to develop innovative strategies for engaging scientists and teachers in the pursuit of effective science education. In 2005, Jen earned her Ph.D. in Genetics from the Department of Genome Sciences at the University of Washington. She subsequently accepted a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan´s School of Education. During her fellowship, she engaged in two curriculum development projects – Jen managed the development of a three-year middle school science curriculum in collaboration with a diverse group of educators from across the country, as well, she co-authored a molecular genetics unit for high school classrooms, and oversaw the implementation of the materials in high schools throughout Detroit and Flint, Michigan.
Additionally as a post-doctoral fellow, Jen began pursuing research in biology education. Her specific research interest focuses on developing understanding of how students make sense of genetics in the science classroom, and then how they reconcile such understanding with "real world" texts and experiences. Prior to joining the Center for Inquiry Science in 2011, Jen served as a Visiting Assistant Professor for a year at Western State College of Colorado.