Lab Members

Dr. Melissa McCartney, Assistant Professor (McCartney CV)

Melissa McCartney, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and the STEM Transformation Institute at FIU.  Dr. McCartney’s research interests center on science identity and what educators can do to help our students begin to see themselves as scientists, especially as this relates to identifying a scientific career path and entering the STEM workforce.  Before coming to FIU, Dr. McCartney spent two years as a Senior Project Director in science education at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), five years at Science Editorial working on education and neuroscience manuscripts, and was a Mirzayan Science Policy Fellow at the National Academies where she worked with the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine.  Dr. McCartney was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Neurology at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and holds a PhD in Neuroscience from The George Washington University and a BS in Biochemistry from Binghamton University (SUNY). 


Dr. Kyriaki Chatzikyriakidou, postdoctoral fellow 

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Kyriaki received her Doctoral degree in Food Science-Microbiology, followed by a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, in 2014 and 2017 at UW-Madison. During her studies, Kyriaki completed her DELTA certificate in Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL), as a fellow of the UW-DELTA program on scientific teaching. Kyriaki has assisted in designing and teaching various college-level courses, for a period of 5 years and in Spring 2018, she was affiliated with MATC (Madison Area Technical College), as a teaching faculty. Kyriaki is currently investigating ways to improve the scientific skills of undergraduate STEM students.

 


Catherine Guinovart, graduate student

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Cathy Guinovart is Cuban American and grew up in Key Largo, Florida. She graduated from FIU with a B.A. in Sustainability and the Environment, certificates in Entrepreneurship and Coastal and Marine Affairs and a minor in Marine Biology. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in the McCartney Lab. Her research focuses on culturally grounded biology education. She is working with Indigenous Maya communities in Quintana Roo, Mexico to assess a culturally grounded STEM curriculum designed by Marine Conservation without Borders. Her research focuses on the role of culturally grounded curricula in the development of science literacy. She is also exploring the relationship between science and cultural identity development. For the last eight years, she has also worked for FIU’s Coastlines and Oceans Division coordinating logistics, marketing, and education initiatives both as a Student Education and Outreach Coordinator and as a Coordinator of Administrative Services. 


Ashli Wright, graduate student

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Ashli Wright was an Honors Biology, Advanced Placement, & Cambridge Biology Instructor at Maritime & Science Technology (MAST) Academy in Miami Dade Public Schools. Ashli has interned at the University of Miami Hussman Institute for Human Genomics and at the FIU Student Health Services. She holds a Master of Public Health, a BS in Health Education, and an Associate of Arts in Psychology. Ashli’s research interests center on STEM Identity, science communication, and STEM Equity. She is currently enrolled in the Biology Education Ph.D. program at FIU and has joined the lab to learn more about education research in biology.


 

Lab Alumni:

Eva2017Dr. Eva Knekta, Postdoctoral Fellow, now a Professor in Sweden! 

 

 

 

 


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Dr. Tessy S. Ritchie, now the Chief Chemist and Director of the Instrumentation Core Facility at the Department of Chemistry at West Point! 

 

 

 


MJMarie Janelle (MJ) Tacloban, undergraduate research, now a middle and high school Biology teacher!

 

 

 


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Chelsey Manrique, undergraduate research, now a high school biology teacher!

 

 

 


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Kiana Kasmaii, undergraduate research, preparing for graduate school

 

 

 


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Amy Acosta, undergraduate research, taking care of lots of animals and preparing for veterinary school

 

 


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Dr. Matthew Kararo, Postdoctoral Fellow

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