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Dr. Erin E. Shortlidge

Assistant Professor of Biology & PSU HHMI Biology Education Fellow

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Biology Education Research, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, 2014-2015

PhD, Biology, Portland State University, Portland, OR, 2014
AS, Biology, Harold Washington College, Chicago, IL, 2007
BFA, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO, 2000
 
 
 
Contact:  eshortlidge@pdx.edu 
Science Building 1 (SB1) 522
office:  503-725-9305  |   lab:  503-725-9304
 
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/ber_pdx
  • Mailing Address:
  • Portland State University
  • Biology Department
  • 1719 SW 10th Ave; SRTC Room 246
  • Portland, OR 97201
 
 
 

 

Meet the BER Lab Members:

*Brie Tripp*, PhD Student: I am PhD student in the BER lab at Portland State University. My background is in biochemistry and human genetics, B.S. from California State University, Stanislaus. I had the amazing opportunity to spend part of my undergraduate studies in Australia, studying stem cell tissue engineering. I also spent leisure time in Sweden soaking up the history of Linnaeus taxonomy and the applicable connection to current evolution models. Traveling is a love of mine and as such, I've witnessed an array of science-teaching models across several disciplines in different continents, which piqued my interest in best practices of pedagogy in biological education. My hope is that through my research I can hone in on gold-standard teaching techniques and apply them in the higher education arena, emphasizing retention of women in STEM. On my spare time, you can find me traversing mountain-tops, climbing new terrain, or exploring hidden parts of nature. 

Brie is working on assessing student understanding of interdisiciplinary science.

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*Emma Goodwin*, PhD Student: I graduated with a B.S. from UCLA in 2013 where I studied microbiology and molecular parasitology with the intention of going to med school. I was diverted from that path when I discovered my passion for education while spending a few years working as a teaching assistant for upper-division undergraduate research immersion courses. My goal is to be a biology education researcher and teach undergraduate-level biology as well as to be involved in a community to promote effective, evidence-based teaching practices in undergraduate biology education. I also love to swim, play oboe (that’s a musical instrument!), and bake cookies and cakes for my friends and family!

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*Liz Griffith*, Master's Student Liz earned her BS in Biology from Portland State University and began research in the BER Lab as an undergraduate.  Liz is now working on understanding how introductory STEM student students perceive active learning pedagogies.

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*Megan Thran*, Undergraduate Researcher: Megan is currently an undergraduate student at Portland State University working towards a degree in Biochemistry, with hopes of one day entering the medical field. She is interested in acquiring a better understanding of various learning and teaching strategies that go along with the BER lab, to ultimately use these skills to educate people in medicine and their overall health. When not studying or working, Megan enjoys hiking, reading, and catching up on my favorite t.v. shows such as Game of Thrones or Westworld.  Megan is researching interdisciplinary science and the impact of interdisciplinary CURES.

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*Sophia Voronoff*, Undergraduate Researcher: Sophia is currently in her junior year at Portland State University. She is working towards her bachelor's degree in Biology with a Chemistry minor and hopes to attend medical school upon graduation. She has lived in Oregon her whole life and enjoys exploring new places and trying new things. Sophia has joined the BER lab this summer and hope to learn as much as she can in the lab.  Megan is researching interdisciplinary science and the impact of interdisciplinary CURES.

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*Sarah Sheghewi*, Undergraduate Researcher:  Sarah is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree in psychology, with a minor in biology. She aims to blend the best of both worlds, as my passion lies in the intersection between the two. She hopes to enter a PhD program to further current understanding of human psychophysiological functioning behind learning, memory, cognition and trauma. Sarah is beyond excited to be involved in something (BER) with such great potential!  She moved to southern Oregon in 2012 from a small town in northern Utah, and to Portland in September, 2017. Sarah lives (...and loves!) to hike, go backpacking, garden, cook delicious and healthy ethnic foods, travel, dance to just about ANY beat, and make awesome memories with her little spitfire seven-year-old!

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*Phoebe Huynh* Undergraduate Researcher:  Phoebe is completing her undergraduate study at PSU and looks forward to all the learning opportunities that stem (no pun intended) from being a member of the BER Lab. Phoebe has fond memories of participating in active learning pedagogies and is therefore eager to work to understand undergraduate perceptions of active learning techniques.  By engaging in education research, Phoebe hopes to implement the acquired knowledge in improving patient education as an aspiring pediatrician. Outside of academics, Phoebe enjoys watching The Amazing Race, playing with cats, and going on road trips. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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*MacKenzie Gray*, Undergraduate Researcher: MacKenzie is a Build EXITO Scholar in her third year at Portland State University pursuing her bachelor’s degree in biology. Her future academic goals include pursuing a PhD in a biomedical or public health field and being able to work with people. Her research interests include learning more about how students from different backgrounds participate and learn in the STEM fields. Outside of school and research, MacKenzie enjoys photography, baking, and playing ultimate frisbee.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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*Vladimir Anokhin*, Undergraduate Researcher: Inspired by Dr. Shortlidge’s conviction to building science capital through her lectures over spring term, exposing students to a unique perspective on research and the invaluable role that a conscious metacognitive approach plays in students’ academic growth, motivation and subsequently the tangible results they carry forward, Vladimir jumped at the opportunity to join the BER Lab as an undergraduate research assistant. Fascinated by the dynamics of qualitative research, data analysis that focuses on student experience and exploring the inter-disciplinary component of learning, retention and the language of science, he hopes to help explore and even shed light on the correlations between student success quantitatively and their experience qualitatively, through the lens of CURE labs incorporated into the undergraduate biology curriculum.

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*Analee Pham*, Undergraduate Researcher:  Analee is currently in her senior year at Portland State University. She is working on her bachelor’s degree in Biology and minor in Chemistry. Her academic goal is to attend pharmacy school after she graduate from PSU. She is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of BER lab, and she is excited to learn new things every day. Analee loves trying new foods, and she hopes that one day she can travel around the world to try all the different kind of authentic foods. 

Former Lab Members:

*Jane Cao*, Undergraduate Researcher Jane started college in 2009 at Oregon State University and after a long break, she came back to get her bachelor degree in General Science at Portland State University. In June 2017 she joined the BER lab so that she can be apart of the influence to the epic change that is taking place in Biology education. Jane has lived in Portland most of her life and her most favorite things to do include cooking, painting, and hiking.  Jane is is exploring qualitative research on graduate student perceptions of evidence based teaching techniques.  Update:  Jane will be attending Dental School at OHSU in 2018!

 

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 *Justin Flaiban**, Undergraduate Researcher  Justin is in his senior year at PSU working on his undergraduate degree in biology.  His future academic goals are to enter a medical laboratory scientist program with a focus on clinical microbiology, or a masters program in public health epidemiology. Professionally, Justin aims to have a career in infection control or infectious disease epidemiology in either a clinical or non-clinical setting.  Justin is exploring qualitative research on graduate student perceptions of evidence based teaching techniques.

 

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*Lucas Bennington* Undergraduate researcher:  Lucas is an honors student at Portland State University. He is excited to be a part of the biology education research lab exploring the motivations of volunteers in free clinics. When not working hard in the lab, Lucas can be found enjoying time with friends and family by cooking, playing sports, and experiencing all Oregon has to offer. 

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*Miles Fletcher*, Post-bac researcher:  Miles is a premed student who earned a BA in Theatre and Communications from Northwestern University in 2011. With his recent return to the classroom, Miles has grown exceedingly curious about the various teaching strategies employed in science curricula. Drawing on his experiences in HIV/AIDS activism, volunteerism, and community leadership, Miles hopes to pursue an MD/MPH with an emphasis in Global Health.  Miles is working on research related to student-centered pedagogies in STEM graduate training.  Update:  Miles will be attending Medical School at OHSU in 2018!

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*Kyahn Daraee*, Post-bac researcher:  When I am not learning about all the cool topics in Biology, you can find me outside being active. Whether it's hiking to explore the natural beauty of Oregon, pretending to be good at golf, or playing basketball, you can bet I am staying active in my free time. After burning all those calories, it is only natural to replenish those calories, and I adore the food scene in Portland and all the amazing cuisines we have at our fingertips.

Kyahn is has been accepted to OHSU's Dental Program!  Congrats Kyahn!

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*Greggory Dallas*, Post-bac researcher:  Greggory studies biology at PSU through the post-baccalaureate pre-medical program. She earned a B.A. from Columbia University in 2006, served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Madagascar, and worked in arts education at the Pendleton Center for the Arts in eastern Oregon. Greggory is interested in facilitation and teaching techniques, and in supporting adult learning. She hopes to attend medical school and build a practice in women’s health.

Greggory has been accepted to OHSU's Medical Program!  Congrats Greggory!

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*Emily Olsen*, Undergraduate researcher:  Emily is a graduating senior who has an interest in biology/science education and plants. She loves being outside and sharing that passion for the outdoors with others.  Emily is the first member of the BER lab, and is working on understanding introductory STEM student outcomes from active learning pedagogies.

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*Ravi Vathsal Thodupunuri*