Newman Lab: Genetics and Molecular Biology Education Research
Dina L. Newman, Ph.D.
Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences
Rochester Institute of Technology
The Newman lab investigates student understanding of biology concepts, particularly those related to genetics and molecular biology. Genetic mechanisms are difficult for learners since they are only indirectly observable, and we must rely on abstract or simplistic visual representations to build mental models of complex processes. We are thus interested in uncovering how experts and novices differ in their conceptions, as well as developing ways to more effectively lead learners to expert-like thinking.