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Postdoctoral Training

A unique postdoctoral training experience for innovative educators.

As part of the cutting-edge program offerings, BIT hires postdoctoral researchers to design new courses involving the latest methodologies in biotechnology and to teach up-to-date evidence-based practices. Postdoctoral scholars also contribute to the body of higher education literature. The BIT Program has opportunities for postdoctoral teaching scholars. Information necessary to apply and learn about opportunities with the BIT Program can be found through NC State Human Resources.

BIT Postdoctoral Scholar Three-Year Training

  • Independently teach one section of a three-section molecular biology course, coordinating with other instructors
    • Earn a Reflective Educational Design Core Teaching Certification through the Office of Faculty Development (attend workshops, participate in reading circles, present a capstone project). For details, visit RED-CTC.
  • Begin development of a novel, CURE-based lab course, including planning a related SoTL research project
  • Continue to teach one section of a three-section molecular biology course, coordinating with other instructors
  • Co-teach existing CURE-based courses with other instructors
  • Teach their own novel, CURE-based lab course, collect data for SoTL study
  • Continue to teach courses (co-teach and individual)
  • Analyze data and publish SoTL study, attend a related conference
  • Apply for faculty positions.

Current BIT Postdoctoral Scholars

NamePhDPrior PostdocBIT Module
Sophie NoelNC StateIndustry postdoc at BaebiesExperimental Assay Design
Emily CartwrightUC DavisFly-ing Beyond the Transcriptome: Transcriptional Regulation and Gene Networks
David BullockNC StatePlant Genetic Engineering
Phillip BrownNC StateGenome Engineering: CRISPR Technologies
Hayden HugginsEast Carolina UniversityUNC-Chapel Hill/Enfuego Therapeutics Inc.Found in Translation: Mechanisms of Post-Transcriptional Control
Raymond HaggertyUNC-Chapel HillUNC-Chapel Hill
Current BIT Postdoctoral Scholars

BIT Postdoctoral Scholar Alumni

(period of appointment)
PhDPrior PostdocNew BIT ModuleCurrent Institution
Lisa Lyford
(1/2004 – 6/2005)
UNC-CHUNC-CHMutagenesisUniversity of the Cumberlands
Joanna Miller
(7/2005 – 6/2008)
NorthwesternTranszymeRNAiDrew University
Scott Witherow
(1/2008 – 6/2011)
U MiamiDukeProtein-Protein interactionsUniversity of Tampa
Heather Miller
(6/2009 – 6/2012)
DukemRNA splicingHigh Point University
Melissa Srougi
(6/2011 – 6/2014)
Case-WesternUNC-CHCell SignalingNC State University – Associate Teaching Professor
Laura Ott
(1/2012 – 12/2015)
NC State UniversityUNC-CHImmunological ToolsUNC-Chapel Hill – Assistant Teaching Professor
Carlos Goller
(7/2012 – 6/2015)
High Throughput Discovery
NC State University – Associate Teaching Professor
Thomas Lentz
(7/2014 – 7/2017)
UW-MadisonUNC-CHVirus BiotechnologyPromega Corporation
Christina Garcia
(7/2015 – 8/2018)
VanderbiltBaylorEpigeneticsCenter College
Stefanie Chen
(7/2016 – 6/2019)
DukeUW-MadisonProtein InteractionsNC State University – Assistant Teaching Professor
Eric Lazear
(7/2017 – 7/2019)
U PennWashington UProtein EngineeringVice President of Research at
Courier Therapeutics
Lihua Stefan
(7/2018 – 12/2018)
Indiana UnivDukeThe Ohio State University
Leigh Ann Samsa
(7/2018 – 7/2020)
UNC-CHUNC-CHOrganoidsUNC – Chapel Hill – Research Development Manager
Arnab Sengupta
(7/2019 – 12/2021)
U Alabama HuntsvilleUNC-CHRNA WorldAssistant Professor, Georgia College and State University
Andrew Hasley (12/2020-12/2022)U Wisconsin – MadisonBioQUESTEnvironmental DNA Analysis and ApplicationsFAIR Data Resources Analyst employed by Covalent Solutions
Carly Sjogren (12/2020-7/2023)UC RiversideUNC-CHComparative Plant TranscriptomicsAssociate Teaching Professor, The Pennsylvania State University,
University Park
Jacob Dums
(7/2020 – 7/2023)
NC State UniversityUniversity of
Plant Genetic EngineeringAssistant Professor, University of Delaware
BIT Postdoctoral Scholar Alumni

BIT Postdoctoral Scholar Publications

  • Thomas B. Lentz et al. Prevalence of Ranavirus, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, B. salamandrivorans, and Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola in Amphibians and Reptiles of North Carolina, USA. Herpetological Review, 2021, 52(2), 285–293.
  • Leigh Ann Samsa,  Linnea Anderson, Adam Groth, and Carlos C. Goller. A CRISPR/Cas guide RNA design in silico activity. CourseSource. 2020
  • Christina Garcia, Ian Chapman, Stefanie Chen, Eric Lazear, Thomas B. Lentz, Christina Williams, Jacob T. Dums, Carlos C. Goller, and Sabrina D. Robertson. Integrating Research into a Molecular Cloning Course to Address the Evolving Biotechnology Landscape Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, 2020
  • Stefanie H. Chen and Carlos C. Goller Shifting Faculty Approaches to Pedagogy Through Structured Teaching Postdoc Experiences. Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education, 2019
  • Thomas Lentz, Laura E. Ott, Sabrina D. Robertson, Sarah C. Windsor, Joshua B. Kelley, Michael S. Wollenberg, Robert R. Dunn, and Carlos C. Goller Unique Down to Our Microbes-Assessment of an Inquiry Based Metagenomics Activity. Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education, 2017
  • Carlos C. Goller A Modern Twist on the Beaumont and St. Martin Case: Encouraging Analysis and Discussion in the Bioethics Classroom With Reflective Writing and Concept Mapping. Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education, 2014
  • Laura E. Ott and Susan Carson. Immunological Tools: Engaging Students in the Use and Analysis of Flow Cytometry and Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA). Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, 2014
  • Melissa C. Srougi and Susan Carson Inquiry into Chemotherapy-Induced P53 Activation in Cancer Cells as a Model for Teaching Signal Transduction. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, 2013
  • Melissa C. Srougi, Heather B. Miller, D. Scott Witherow, and Susan Carson. Assessment of a Novel Group-Centered Testing Schema in an Upper-Level Undergraduate Molecular Biotechnology Course. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, 2013
  • Heather B. Miller, D. Scott Witherow, and Susan Carson. Student Learning Outcomes and Attitudes When Biotechnology Lab Partners Are of Different Academic Levels. CBE – Life Sciences Education, 2012
  • D. Scott Witherow and Susan Carson. A Laboratory-Intensive Course on the Experimental Study of Protein-Protein Interactions. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, 2011