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Laura Pickell

Instructor I

Degrees:PhD (McGill)

Primary fields of specialization

Life Sciences Education, Genetics and Molecular Biology, Pathophysiology


HLTH 2001 – Health Research Methods and Skills
HLTH 3404 – Psychosocial and Biological Interactions in Health
HLTH 3402 – Diseases of Aging
HLTH 4502 – Disabilities and Disorders Related to the Sensory Nervous System
HLTH 4102/5350 – New Health Technologies

Academic Interests

I am very excited to join the Health Sciences program at Carleton as an instructor as it combines my two passions: biology and education.  My goal is to contribute to excellence in teaching and learning in the life sciences and to improve the undergraduate experience using evidence-based practices in education.  I enjoy creating resources and teaching tools to share with my colleagues for use in their classrooms.  Examples of my work include a data-driven activity on sex determination in elite athletes I developed as a collaborative project with HHMI BioInteractive and a case study I created addressing myths about COVID-19 for the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science.  I am constantly seeking ways to improve my teaching and am currently in a Master Teacher Program at the University of Sherbrooke.  Before joining Carleton, I completed my PhD in Human Genetics from McGill University at the Montreal Children’s Hospital and taught for ten years in the Science and Nursing programs at Heritage College in Hull, Quebec.

Selected publications

Pickell, L. (2020) Where’s the Evidence? Confronting Public Panic about COVID-19.  National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science.  University of Buffalo, NY.

Allen, J.A., Landry, C,, Pickell, L., Taylor, D. (2019) Regulation of Sex DeterminationHHMI BioInteractive FMN (2018), QUBES Educational Resources. doi:10.25334/Q4TQ7P