Patricia Marsteller

Dr. Patricia Marsteller directs the Emory College Center for Science Education  ( and is a Professor of Practice in the department of Biology at Emory. She studied evolution of animal behavior for her MS degree and evolution and quantitative genetics for her PhD.  The Center for Science Education (CSE) promotes access, interest and participation in science careers. CSE programs bolster science literacy and provide hands-on research and curriculum development experiences for students and teachers at the precollege, college and postgraduate levels. Through student and curriculum development activities with faculty, she integrates research and education and help students explore the array of careers open to individuals with a solid background in science. Pat also directs an NSF GK12 program where teacher-graduate fellow teams develop and implement problems and cases to enliven science for middle school and high school students. She directs Emory’s HHMI Undergraduate Sciences program. Dr. Marsteller has taken the lead in an HHMI sponsored program in BioMath and Quantitative Biology, sponsoring three faculty workshops that bring together biologists, mathematicians and computer scientists to develop curriculum models that integrate quantitative skills.  She has 20 years experience in developing programs that attract and retain underrepresented students, women and minorities in careers in science. Her work in these areas includes special programs for undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs and faculty as well as outreach efforts with metro Atlanta Public School teachers and students. In the past five years she has led over twenty workshops for faculty and graduate fellows on developing inquiry, problem based learning and cases.