About Me

Dr. Dina Newman

Personal Life

  • Originally from downstate NY but mainly grew up in suburbs of Syracuse, NY

  • Married to my high school sweetheart

  • Two wonderful children and a dog (technically my daughter's dog)

  • Enjoy: nature, cooking/baking, reading, live theater, puzzles/word games, and occasional arts and crafts projects


B.S. 1991, Biological Sciences, Cornell University

M.S. 1993, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Chicago

Ph.D. 1998, Genetics, University of Chicago

Post-doc, Human Genetics, University of Chicago

Research Journey
Developmental bio in frogs (undergrad)Genetics of E. coli colony development (grad school) → Complex trait genetics in humans (post-doc/early faculty) → Genetics education research (current)

Leadership Roles

Director of the Science & Math Education Research Collaborative (SMERC)

Director of the Inclusive Excellence Program in the College of Science (IE)

co-Director of the RIT DBER REU Program

co-Chair of the Undergraduate Genetics Education Network (UGEN)

Mentor in the Promoting Active Learning and Mentoring (PALM) Network

Recent Courses

BIOL-124 Introduction to Biology: Molecules and Cells (AP Scholars section)

BIOL-125/126 Introduction to Biology laboratory

BIOL-321 Genetics

BIOL-412 Human Genetics

BIOL-599 Research-Based Writing