Lizzie Wilson
Eugene, OR
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Lizzie Wilson

Lizzie W.

Eugene, OR
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Hi there!
Amid the sea of teachers, you may be wondering: what makes her a great Biology Instructor?
I'm a great instructor because I've been a student for many years! This means that I've been in the position you've been in. I've struggled with difficult-to-grasp concepts, such as learning about glycolysis for the first time in AP Biology. I've felt intimidated by the sciences, and I've wished I had a tutor that made everything less confusing.
I've honed my skills as a mentor and Biology Teaching Assistant while a Biology major in college. My approach consists of enriching class material, allowing students to trust themselves through the discovery method (which develops a strong sense of self-efficacy), and engaging in conversations about topics rather than lectures. This means that I will ask you to explain concepts back to me! I also believe in enriching course materials. There is a tendency for curriculum to scratch only the surface of topics, which can make topics much harder to understand (think: being asked to memorize 200 flashcards without any context to store them)!
I am a graduate student in the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley, which has further fueled my desire to develop self-confidence and self-efficacy in young scholars. This allows for a solid base to further academic pursuits in high school, college, graduate school, and beyond.
I look forward to hearing from you!

About Lizzie W.

I am a MPH student at UC Berkeley with experience working at prestigious universities, including Brown University, UC Davis, and Emory University in conjunction with the CDC. My background is in laboratory work, and I aim to have an intersectional career working in the fields of immunology, virology, and Public Health. I hope this leads me to working internationally with lots of different people on reducing health disparities due to infectious disease!

My students can expect me to come to lessons prepared with helpful analogies and tips to avoiding common misconceptions and pitfalls in the field of Biology. For this reason, I ask that all of my students come prepared to ask questions, and be quizzed in a friendly learning environment.

I love assigning homework that is helpful (not busy work!) including YouTube videos that make hard topics feel less intimidating. Even students that think they hate Biology will come away with an appreciation for the way in which the world we interact with works. After all, Biology is the study of life, and once students gain that breakthrough understanding, they realize that science can be wonderful!

I have worked in laboratories with incredibly vast focuses. These include ecology (where I dissected fish eyes!), biogeochemistry labs (where I worked with lasers), veterinarian labs (where I worked with horses), immunology and microbiology (where I worked with human bone marrow and fancy lab equipment), biotechnology (where I analyzed my own DNA by sampling my own blood), neurobiology and physiology (where I collected urine samples at a pediatricians office to establish normative levels of a biomarker) and a stress prevention lab (where I analyzed videos of parenting techniques)…Biology is a diverse and fascinating subject that, at a minimum, will enrich your understanding of the world you live in. I hope I can help you discover this crazy-cool subject and learn some fun facts along the way!

Fun fact of the day: Did you know that bacteria "talk" to each other? Check out this TED Talk on quorum sensing-
YouTube: "How bacteria" talk"- Bonnie Bassler

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Katie
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Lizzie is patient, kind, and knowledgeable. She is an excellent tutor and I highly recommend her!

Posted Oct 22, 2020

Experience

Research Assistant
Jan 2019 - Present

University of Oregon

Project: Norming Oxidative Stress with Rigorous Measurement in Early Development- Work in a pediatrics office taking vitals, urine samples, and cortisol samples from child patients to establish typical oxidative stress levels during development. Communicate with pediatricians, patients, and parents. Project: FIND Prevention Program - Video coded parent and child interactions to assess the effectiveness of child-stress intervention programs.

Winter Biology Undergraduate Learning Assistant
Jan 2020 - Apr 2020

Department of Biology, University of Oregon

Working for Professor Debbie Schlenoff in her course, Bi 390: Animal Behavior. Tasks include helping graduate students run discussion sections, grading quizzes, answering student questions, and proctoring exams.

Child Care Activity Leader
Jan 2019 - Jun 2019

Willamalane Parks and Recreation

Working in after school programs for resilient youth that have experienced multiple childhood stressors or a lack of livable income. Primarily, work revolves around guiding program participants through science, art, and creative projects, as well as maintaining a safe and healthy environment for large groups of students.

Volunteer Riding Instructor
Jan 2017 - Jan 2019

Answered Prayers Therapeutic Riding Program

Conducted therapeutic horseback riding lessons for children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Research Assistant
Jun 2018 - Aug 2018

Emory University

Worked in internationally-acclaimed Microbiology and Immunology Laboratory under PI, Dr. Rafi Ahmed. The lab focuses on T-Cells, CD8 and CD4, and their applications for therapy in HIV, Zika virus, Ebola, and several types of cancer. Gained experience working on B cell Elispot, T cell Elispot, ELISA, flow cytometry, spleen cell staining, cryostat sectioning, and cell counting.

Research Assistant
May 2017 - Dec 2017

UC Davis

Interned at a biogeochemistry and fish ecology laboratory. The lab focuses on aquatic species in the San Joaquin River Delta and San Francisco Bay Estuary. Responsibilities ranged from fish dissection, sorting, and identification, sanding and imaging otoliths, as well as QA/QC’ing data. Adept with computer programs, including ImageJ, Excel, Dropbox, Photoshop, and Amscope.

Summer Intern
Jun 2017 - Aug 2017

UC Davis Medical Center, Comprehensive Cancer Center

Worked closely with supervisor and conducted administrative work, and aided patients. Additionally, worked in infusion clinics (pediatric and adult), and had the opportunity to shadow a NP in the Pediatrics Infusions Clinic.

Education

Public Health
Aug 2020 - Present

University of California, Berkeley

Biology
Jan 2019 - Jun 2020

University of Oregon

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

BLS Basic Life Support
Mar 2020

American Heart Association

Awards

25 Ducks with the Potential to Change the World
May 2020

University of Oregon

Community Service and Civic Engagement Student Award
May 2018

UC Davis

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