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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 State UniversityIndustry Postdoc at BaebiesExperimental Assay Design
Emily CartwrightUniversity of California, DavisFly-ing Beyond the Transcriptome: Transcriptional Regulation and Gene Networks
David BullockNC State UniversityPlant Genetic Engineering
Phillip BrownNC State UniversityGenome 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 HillQuantitative Microscopy and Image Analysis
Current BIT Postdoctoral Scholars

BIT Postdoctoral Scholar Alumni

(period of appointment)
PhDPrior PostdocNew BIT ModuleCurrent Institution
Lisa Lyford
(1/2004 – 6/2005)
UNC-Chapel HillUNC-Chapel HillMutagenesisUniversity of the Cumberlands – Professor
Joanna Miller
(7/2005 – 6/2008)
Northwestern UniversityTranszymeRNA InterferenceDrew University – Associate Teaching Professor
Scott Witherow
(1/2008 – 6/2011)
University of MiamiDukeProtein-Protein interactionsUniversity of Tampa – Associate Professor
Heather Miller
(6/2009 – 6/2012)
DukemRNA splicingHigh Point University – Associate Professor
Melissa Srougi
(6/2011 – 6/2014)
Case-WesternUNC-Chapel HillCell SignalingNC State University – Associate Teaching Professor
Laura Ott
(1/2012 – 12/2015)
NC State UniversityUNC-Chapel HillImmunological ToolsUNC-Chapel Hill – Assistant Teaching Professor
Carlos Goller
(7/2012 – 6/2015)
EmoryDukeMetagenomics, Yeast Metabolic Engineering, High Throughput DiscoveryNC State University – Associate Teaching Professor
Thomas Lentz
(7/2014 – 7/2017)
UW-MadisonUNC-Chapel HillVirus BiotechnologyPromega Corporation
Christina Garcia
(7/2015 – 8/2018)
VanderbiltBaylorEpigeneticsCentre College – Assistant Professor
Stefanie Chen
(7/2016 – 6/2019)
DukeUW-MadisonProtein InteractionsNC State University – Assistant Teaching Professor
Eric Lazear
(7/2017 – 7/2019)
University of PennsylvaniaWashington UniversityProtein EngineeringVice President of Research at
Courier Therapeutics
Lihua Stefan
(7/2018 – 12/2018)
Indiana UniversityDukeThe Ohio State University
Leigh Ann Samsa
(7/2018 – 7/2020)
UNC-Chapel HillUNC-Chapel HillOrganoidsUNC – Chapel Hill – Research Development Manager
Arnab Sengupta
(7/2019 – 12/2021)
University of Alabama – HuntsvilleUNC-Chapel HillRNA WorldGeorgia College and State University – Assistant Professor
Andrew Hasley (12/2020-12/2022)UW-MadisonBioQUESTEnvironmental DNA Analysis & ApplicationsFAIR Data Resources Analyst employed by Covalent Solutions
Carly Sjogren (12/2020-7/2023)University of California, RiversideUNC-Chapel HillComparative Plant TranscriptomicsThe Pennsylvania State University,
University Park – Associate Teaching Professor
Jacob Dums
(7/2020 – 7/2023)
NC State UniversityUniversity of
Plant Genetic EngineeringUniversity of Delaware – Assistant Teaching Professor
BIT Postdoctoral Scholar Alumni

BIT Postdoctoral Scholar Publications

  • Jessica Parzygnat, MacKenzie Maddox, Andrew O. Hasley, Carlos C. Goller. 2023. Analyzing Microbial Communities through Nanopore Sequencing. POGIL Activity Clearinghouse, 4(2).
  • Caroline A. Sjogren, Gary Comstock, Carlos C. Goller. 2023. Connecting Ethical Reasoning to Global Challenges through Analysis of Argumentation. J Microbiol Biol Educ. 24(1):e00166-22. doi: 10.1128/jmbe.00166-22
  • Felix R. Harris, Michael L. Sikes, Michael Bergman, Carlos C. Goller, Andrew O. Hasley, Caroline A. Sjogren, Melissa V. Ramirez, Claire L. Gordy. 2022. Hands-on immunology: Engaging Learners of All Ages Through Tactile Teaching Tools. Front Microbiol. 13:966282. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2022.966282
  • Carlos C. Goller, Melissa C. Srougi, Stefanie H. Chen, Laura R. Schenkman, Robert M. Kelly. 2021. Integrating Bioinformatics Tools Into Inquiry-Based Molecular Biology Laboratory Education Modules. Front Educ (Lausanne). 6:711403. doi: 10.3389/feduc.2021.711403
  • Heather B. Miller, Melissa C. Srougi. 2021. Growth Mindset Interventions Improve Academic Performance but not Mindset in Biochemistry. Biochem Mol Biol Educ. 49(5):748-757. doi: 10.1002/bmb.21556
  • Leigh Ann Samsa, Melissa Eslinger, Adam Kleinschmit, Amanda Solem, Carlos C. Goller. 2021. Single Cell Insights Into Cancer Transcriptomes: A Five-Part Single-Cell RNAseq Case Study Lesson. CourseSource. doi: 10.24918/cs.2021.26
  • Leigh Ann Samsa, Carlos C. Goller. 2021. Divide and Conquer: A Simple, Modern Technique for Collaborative Small Group Learning with Reciprocal Peer Teaching. J Microbiol Biol Educ. 22(1):22.1.12. doi: 10.1128/jmbe.v22i1.2153
  • Thomas B. Lentz et al. 2021. Prevalence of Ranavirus, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, B. salamandrivorans, and Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola in Amphibians and Reptiles of North Carolina, USA. Herpetological Review, 52(2), 285–293. doi: 10.5061/dryad.x69p8czhj
  • Leigh Ann Samsa,  Linnea Anderson, Adam Groth, Carlos C. Goller. 2020. CourseSource. A CRISPR/Cas guide RNA design in silico activity. doi: 10.24918/cs.2020.46
  • Christina Garcia, Ian Chapman, Stefanie Chen, Eric Lazear, Thomas B. Lentz, Christina Williams, Jacob T. Dums, Carlos C. Goller, Sabrina D. Robertson. 2020. Integrating Research into a Molecular Cloning Course to Address the Evolving Biotechnology Landscape. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education. doi: 10.1002/bmb.21402
  • Stefanie H. Chen, Carlos C. Goller. 2019. Shifting Faculty Approaches to Pedagogy Through Structured Teaching Postdoc Experiences. Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education. doi: 10.1128/jmbe.v20i2.1789
  • Thomas Lentz, Laura E. Ott, Sabrina D. Robertson, Sarah C. Windsor, Joshua B. Kelley, Michael S. Wollenberg, Robert R. Dunn, Carlos C. Goller. 2017. Unique Down to Our Microbes-Assessment of an Inquiry Based Metagenomics Activity. Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education. doi: 10.1128/jmbe.v18i2.1284
  • Melissa C. Srougi, Jackie Thomas-Swanik, John D. Chan, Jonathan S. Marchant, Susan Carson. Making heads or tails: planarian stem cells in the classroom. J Microbiol Biol Educ. 15(1):18-25. doi: 10.1128/jmbe.v15i1.692
  • Carlos C. Goller. 2014. 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. doi: 10.1128/jmbe.v15i2.771
  • Laura E. Ott, Susan Carson. 2014. Immunological Tools: Engaging Students in the Use and Analysis of Flow Cytometry and Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA). Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education. doi: 10.1002/bmb.20808
  • Melissa C. Srougi, Heather B. Miller, D. Scott Witherow, Susan Carson. 2013. Assessment of a Novel Group-Centered Testing Schema in an Upper-Level Undergraduate Molecular Biotechnology Course. Biochem Mol Biol Educ. 41(4):232-41. doi: 10.1002/bmb.20701
  • Melissa C. Srougi, Susan Carson. 2013. Inquiry into Chemotherapy-Induced P53 Activation in Cancer Cells as a Model for Teaching Signal Transduction. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education. doi: 10.1002/bmb.20741
  • Melissa C. Srougi, Heather B. Miller, D. Scott Witherow, Susan Carson. 2013. Assessment of a Novel Group-Centered Testing Schema in an Upper-Level Undergraduate Molecular Biotechnology Course. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education. doi: 10.1002/bmb.20701
  • Heather B. Miller, D. Scott Witherow, Susan Carson. 2012. Student Learning Outcomes and Attitudes When Biotechnology Lab Partners Are of Different Academic Levels. CBE – Life Sciences Education. doi: 10.1187/cbe.11-10-0094
  • D. Scott Witherow, Susan Carson. 2011. A Laboratory-Intensive Course on the Experimental Study of Protein-Protein Interactions. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education. doi: 10.1002/bmb.20506