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Martin, Jennifer Mary

Teaching Associate Professor


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research overview

  • I continue to be involved in a research project (with Drs. Knight and Guild) in MCDB 1150. This project focuses on computer evaluation of student written responses to questions in a large lecture course. We are a part of a six-institution research group funded by NSF to engage faculty in the use of constructed assessment items. The main project goals are to a) administer the AACR items as formative assessments in biology courses, b) use the provided feedback reports to inform instruction, c) build both local and cross-institutional faculty learning communities to learn about and discuss the use of assessments, feedback reports and instructional resources. I am also part of a Faculty Learning Community with Drs. Knight, Fillman and Andy Martin from EBIO. This group works collaboratively to improve active learning in the lecture classroom but building class activities to do in the classroom.


  • science education research


selected publications


courses taught

  • MCDB 1150 - Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Fall 2021 / Spring 2022 / Fall 2022
    Covers biologically important macromolecules and biological processes, together with an introduction to cell structure, function, and physiology. Provides the foundation for advanced MCDB courses to majors, and a rigorous overview of modern biology to non-majors. Degree credit not granted for this course and MCDB 1111. Recommended prerequisite: high school chemistry and algebra, and recommended corequisite of MCDB 1152.
  • MCDB 1152 - Problem Solving Co-Seminar for Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2022
    Uses problem solving and other interactive group work to aid student learning in a corequisite course, MCDB 1150. Students will work in small groups on learning and practicing how to solve difficult conceptual problems, as well as using hands-on activities and concept mapping to help learn content. Recommended corequisite: MCDB 1150.
  • MCDB 4444 - Cellular Basis of Disease
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Fall 2021 / Spring 2022 / Fall 2022
    Explores the cellular basis of disease. Discusses diseases arising from defects in intracellular targeting, cytoskeletal function, intracellular signaling, genomic instability, gene regulation, cell proliferation, and cell death. Involves student-organized presentations and classroom discussion. Fulfills MCDB scientific reasoning requirement. Recommended prerequisites: MCDB 3135 and MCDB 3145 (minimum grade C-).
  • MCDB 4980 - Honors Research
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Fall 2021 / Fall 2022
    Provides faculty-supervised research for students who have been approved by the departmental honors committee. Normally taken during the semester before completion of the honors thesis. Recommended prerequisite: MCDB 4840 or comparable research experience, and minimum GPA of 3.20.
  • MCDB 4990 - Honors Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2022
    Involves the preparation and defense of an honors thesis, based on faculty-supervised original research, including final phases of the research project. Recommended prerequisites: MCDB 4840 or MCDB 4980 or comparable research experience, and minimum GPA of 3.3 and approval by the MCDB Honors Committee.


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