Stephanie M. Gardner is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Purdue University. She earned her doctorate in Physiology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a focus on the neurophysiology of synapses within the auditory system. She conducted her postdoctoral training at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine where she studied synaptic plasticity in the cerebellum. As a Visiting Assistant Professor at Dickinson College and Purdue University, her research interests shifted to biology education research. Participation in the ASM Biology Scholars Research Residency in 2012 played a critical role in jump-starting Dr. Gardner’s research program. Research in her lab focuses on revealing areas of student competence with mechanistic reasoning in physiology, in the effective creation of visualizations to understand and communicate data and experimental concepts, and reasoning with evidence in biology. Data from this research are used to design and evaluate classroom materials and instruction to improve student learning. Dr. Gardner is a monitoring editor at CBE-Life Sciences Education and a member of the editorial board at Advances in Physiology Education. As part of her commitment to high-quality undergraduate life science education, she has been involved in faculty and graduate student professional development at her home institution and nationally, including her work with ASM.
Dr. Gardner is a leader in the ASM Biology Education Research Webinar Series.