Educational Resource Development and Assessment in the Drennan Lab

Through the development and assessment of educational resources, we seek to help students recognize the underlying chemical principles in biology and medicine, motivate and inspire a diverse group of undergraduates, and equip current graduate student TAs to be the next generation of teacher scholars.

All of our resources are designed to have widespread relevance and to be inexpensive for other teachers to implement, both in terms of in-class and teacher preparation time and institute resources. Our projects focus on creating and validating materials that will fit into any chemistry class or teaching assistant training program and have a low barrier for use by other educators. We are continually working to answer, “What small changes can have a significant positive impact on students?” We collaborate with the Teaching and Learning Laboratory at MIT to assess the impact of our resources and provide data to guide future development.

Current Projects

Simple Strategies for Improving General Chemistry Lectures/Classes

Teaching and Mentoring Training

Research Inspired Biochemistry Laboratory Modules


These projects are supported by a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Professors grant to Cathy Drennan.

Other Education Interests

Connecting Teachers, Scientists, and Engineers