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Annette Dean

Annette Dean

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Biology


BA Biology and Biochemistry, minor Psychology, 2015 Central College

PhD Genetics 2020, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Delta Certificate in Research, Teaching, and Learning 2020 University of Wisconsin-Madison



Genetics and neuroscience; expanding the use of inclusive teaching; expanding student access to experiential learning



Annette Dean, PhD, is currently conducting her post-doctoral work under the direction of Dr. Jennifer Stanford and Dr. Daniel Marenda.  Her research focuses on both STEM education and understanding epigenetic regulation using Drosophila melanogaster as a model system.  Her epigenetic regulation projects focus on determining the link between developmental pathways and epigenetic readers. Her STEM education projects focus on expanding the use of inclusive teaching including experiential learning, particularly Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs).  As part of her work, Annette is also teaching Drosophila Neural Research, a CURE in the Drexel Biology Department.  In 2020, Annette was awarded a Presidential Membership in the Genetics Society of America (GSA).  Annette is passionate about her research and about the teaching and training of undergraduates.

Annette did her graduate training at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, first in the lab of Dr. Xin Sun, and then in the lab of Dr. Michael Taylor.  Her thesis work examined the role of Wnt/Beta-Catenin signaling during blood-brain barrier formation.  In addition to her bench research, Annette earned a Delta Certificate in Research, Teaching, and Learning at University of Wisconsin-Madison to gain experience with evidence-based teaching and education research. As part of her Delta Certificate, Annette did an internship project with Dr. Katie Vermillion-Kalmon exploring student learning in a large lecture non-majors genetics course. During her graduate training, Annette served as a teaching assistant for courses in genetics, pharmaceutical sciences, and pharmacy practice.  Annette was awarded an NSF-GRFP fellowship during her graduate training.