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Goldberg Lab

This informal course on the art of teaching is taken by undergraduates who serve as Teaching Fellows and Peer Research Mentors in HC70A and HC70AL, respectively. Undergraduates are selected who show unusual promise as teachers. Bob Goldberg meets several times a week with these undergraduates in order to develop their skills and interest in science teaching. Teaching Fellows are taught how to: (1) develop a teaching "game plan," (2) write concept questions used by students each week as study guides, (3) teach students how to read and understand scientific papers, (4) lead "debates" on the relationship between science and society, (5) speak in front of a class, (6) use the Socratic method as an interactive teaching tool, (7) gain the confidence and poise needed to teach their peers, (8) deal with unusual student-student and student-teacher situations and interactions, and (9) be "exciting" and "dynamic" teachers. Teaching Fellows are videotaped in the classroom and their teaching styles are critiqued so that they can learn to become more effective teachers. Peer Research Mentors also learn how to (1) organize a teaching laboratory, (2) demonstrate and teach genomics and bioinformatics procedures, and (3) how to lead teams carrying out original research projects using functional genomics. In the past eighteen years, 35 undergraduates have participated as NSF-sponsored Teaching Fellows and Peer Research Mentors, including both life science and non-science majors.





Ava Gordon

HC70A Winter 2020

Undergraduate Student in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology

Madelyn Gehrich

HC70A Winter 2019-20

Undergraduate Student in Human Genetics and Society, UCLA

Emily Teng

HC70A Winter 2019-20

Undergraduate Student in Economics, UCLA

Pierce Ford

HC70A Spring 2017, Winter 2018 & 2019

Lab Assistant, UCLA

Helen Li

HC70A Spring 2017 & Winter 2018

Project Manager at ZL Technologies

Allen Chung

HC70A Winter 2016

Translator, Tzu Chi, USA

Dominic Saadi

HC70A Spring 2015

Post-Baccalaureate Researcher at New England Complex Systems Institute

Dominic Lucido

HC70A Spring 2015

Science Teacher, Downtown Magnet School

William Barshop

HC70A Winter 2014-15

Postdoc Researcher, UCLA

Mike Lyons

HC70A Winter 2013-14

PhD Student in Microbiology and Immunology, Stanford University

Reece Fenning

HC70A Winter 2013-14

M.D. Student, University of California Irvine School of Medicine

Elaine Chiu

HC70A Winter 2011,2012 & HC70AL Spring 2011

Resident, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital

Eden Maloney

HC70A Winter 2011-13 & HC70AL Spring 2011

M.D. Student, Vanderbilt University

Lulu Pantin

HC70A Winter 2011, 2012

J.D., Harvard University
Music Attorney, Myman, Greenspan, Fineman, Fox, Rosenberg & Light, LLP

Daisy Robinton

HC70A Winter 2008, 2009, 2010 & HC70AL Spring 2008, 2009, 2010

Harvard Ph.D., Science Communicator

Kristin Gill

HC70AL Winter 2010 & Spring 2009, 2010

Resident Physician, NYU School of Medicine

Jordan Fischer

HC70AL Winter 2010

B.S. Neuroscience, UCLA
M.B.A. & M.S., University of Michigan
Director of Sales Strategy and Operations at Renovate America

Aycha Erbilgin

HC70AL Spring 2003 & HC70A Winter 2009

Ph.D., Molecular Biology, UCLA
Consultant, ZS Associates

Kelli Henry

HC70A Winter 2009

Instructor, UCLA

Bekah Charney

HC70A Winter 2008 & HC70AL Spring 2008

Postdoctoral Researcher, UC Riverside

Jonathan Russell

HC70AL Spring 2006

Ph.D. student in Public Health, Columbia University

Ria Yagnik

HC70AL Spring 2006

Ph.D., UC San Francisco
Department of Neurological Surgery, UC, San Francisco

Gloria Chu

HC70A Winter 2006

M.B.A., UC Berkeley
Senior Product Manager, Mobile at Gap, Inc.

Brittan Scales

HC70AL Spring 2005

Ph.D. Microbiology and Immunology, University of Michigan
Postdoctoral Researcher, Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research

Tiffany Sum

HC70A Winter 2005

Middle School Math Teacher, Garden Grove School District

Mike Gavino

HC70A Winter 2005, 2006 & HC70AL Spring 2005, 2006

PhD. Biology, MIT
Case Team Leader, Bain Capital

Erin Marsh Mellano

HC70AL Spring 2004

M.D., Obstetrics & Gynecology, Providence Health Services

Josh Wolf

HC70AL Spring 2004

Ph.D. Biology, MIT
Community Building and Business Engagement at Pachamama Alliance

Mai Pham

HC70A Winter 2004 & HC70AL Spring 2004

Ophthalmologist, Memorial Care Medical Group

Jinsun Choi

HC70A Winter 2004

M.D., UC Irvine
Endocrinologist, Huntington Beach, CA

Mike Ferry

HC70A Winter 2003 & HC70AL Spring 2003

Ph.D. Bioengineering, UC San Diego
CSO, Quantitative Biosciences, Inc.

Malik Francis

HC70A Winter 2003, 2004

Ph.D. Molecular and Cell Biology, UC Berkeley
Sous Chef, Ayala Restaurant

In The Classroom


A Unique Learning Experience

"Generally, I've found discussion sections to be somewhat unnecessary. For this class, however, the complete opposite was true. I absolutely loved this discussion section " - Comment from HC70A student, Winter 20

"Ava, my TA for this discussion, was an excellent TA. She is super energetic and passionate about this class. " - Comment from HC70A student, Winter 20

"Maddie is very knowledgable…Involved everyone in discussion which made for a very lively section and great learning opportunities." - Comment from HC70A student, Winter 20

"Discussion was always fun, and I feel like we had a good rapport. She's fantastic overall." - Comment from HC70A student, Winter 19

"Maddie facilitated some really fun debates...I had a good time in the section! ." - Comment from HC70A student, Winter 19

"She was fun and informative. Maddie made discussion exciting!" - Comment from HC70A student, Winter 19

" Pierce is the best T.A. I've ever had. He challenged me and frustrated me, but I learned so much. " - Comment from HC70A student, Winter 18

" Great TA. Insightful discussions and presentations." - Comment from HC70A student, Winter 18

"I loved the discussions! Thank you for being an amazing TA Helen!" - Comment from HC70A student, Spring 17

"Dominic L. was a great UA. He know what he was talking about and genuinely helped me learn and enjoy material that would have otherwise been extremely dull and difficult. He helped me engage in the material and grasp it because the beginning of this course was difficult but it got better. He's very approachable and nice."-Comment from HC70A student, Winter 16


Madelyn Gehrich; HC70A Winter 2019 & Winter 2020

"Working under Dr. Goldberg has been a once in a lifetime opportunity. Making the transition from former student to Teaching Fellow was hard work, but made me appreciate both the material and the methodology behind Dr. Goldberg's teaching so much more. I have gained so much confidence in myself and fine-tuned my skills in communicating information in an effective, yet thought-provoking way. Getting the chance to explore new strengths all while surrounded by an amazing group of colleagues, now friends, has made this experience one that I will never forget. "

Helen Li; HC70A Spring 2017 & Winter 2018

"It was a once in a lifetime opportunity, teaching past and current genetic engineering technology. We are on the cusp of the next big Cohen and Boyer, and witnessing and sharing firsthand the knowledge of innovative developments is a memory I will never forget."

Eden Maloney; HC70A Winter 2011 & 2012, HC70AL Spring 2011

"...as a teaching fellow, I discovered a passion for teaching.." Click here to read Eden Maloney's testimonial as an undergraduate teaching fellow and laboratory peer mentor.

Lulu Pantin; HC70A Winter 2011 & 2012

"I cannot stress enough how wonderful this experience was for me." Click here to read Lulu Pantin's testimonial as an undergraduate teaching fellow.

Kristin Gill; HC70A Winter 2010, Spring 2009 &2010

"While research has taught me how to think critically and creatively, teaching has taught me how to communicate more effectively." Click here to read Kristin Gill's testimonial as an undergraduate teaching fellow and laboratory peer mentor.

Mike Ferry; HC70A Winter 2003 & HC70AL Spring 2003

"From my experiences teaching with Dr. Goldberg I now wish to continue teaching in the future and I am seriously considering an academic career." Click here to read Mike Ferry's testimonial as an undergraduate teaching fellow and laboratory peer mentor.

Malik Francis; HC70A Winter 2003 & 2004

"There were many times where I felt that I got more out of the course than the students. I consider myself lucky." Click here to read Malik Francis' testimonial as an undergraduate teaching fellow.

 Teaching Fellow Dominic Lucido Interacts With Students in the HC70A Undergraduate Seminar (1:53 minutes)
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Helen keeps students fully engaged during her discussion section.

Ava guides a student who is illustrating a concept for the discussion.

Madelyn's student draws a diagram while responding to her socratic questioning.