Sara Odom

M.S. student, 2018-2020

Presently Science educator — Huntsville’s Space and Rocket Center, Huntsville, AL

Ash Zemenick, Ph.D.

Postdoc, 2020-2021

Presently Postdoctoral Researcher — Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan (

Sara Berk, Ph.D.

Postdoc, 2019-2020

Presently Manager of Instructional Services  — Department of Biology, University of Washington

Todd Lamb

I am a M.S. student who conducts biology education research in Dr. Cissy Ballen’s lab at Auburn University! My work focuses on instructor assessment practices and how they relate to equity and inclusion. I am interested in bettering myself as a future biology educator and working to understand biology education research along the way. Before joining the Ballen lab, I completed my B.S. degree in organismal biology here at Auburn university.

M.S. student, 2019-2021

Presently Biology Instructor — Coastal Alabama Community College

Chloe Josefson, Ph. D.

I am interested in understanding the impact of the COVID pandemic on the undergraduate student experience as well as the impact of perceived self-efficacy among marginalized undergraduates. I am also interested in the physiological costs of reproduction in lactating female mammals. I am currently a NSF-PRFB fellow located in the Skibiel lab at the University of Idaho where I am studying mechanisms underlying variation in maternal investment in lactation and the consequences on milk composition and offspring growth and immune development. Email:

Postdoc, 2019-2023

Presently Assistant Professor — Department of Biology, North Carolina Central University

Emily Driessen, M.S., Ph.D.

I am currently a PhD student at Auburn University in the Ballen lab with a passion for equity and diversity in undergraduate biology education. I believe everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, should have the opportunity to achieve and succeed in the subject of biology, and my research focuses on how to best support this achievement and success, recognizing structural barriers and historical racism. My past educational experiences include earning a B.S. in microbiology with a minor in chemistry from North Dakota State University while contributing to research in the McClean Lab as well as earning a M.S. in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics from the University of Kentucky while researching in the Wilhelm lab. Email:

Ph.D. student, 2019-2023

Presently Postdoctoral Researcher — Biology Teaching and Learning, University of Minnesota (

Sharday Ewell, M.Ed., Ph. D.

Hello! I am a postdoctoral associate working with Dr. Cissy Ballen in the Department of Biological Sciences at Auburn University. I currently conduct discipline-based education research on biology education and STEM equity. While my interests are broad, I am especially interested in self-regulated learning and identifying strategies that improve the development of these skills for all biology students. Prior to joining the Ballen lab, I was a Teach for America corps member and middle school science teacher in North Carolina, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. I completed my doctoral degree in neurobiology in the Theibert Lab at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Email:

Postdoc, 2021-2023

Presently Assistant Professor — Biology Education Research, University of Mississippi (