Research Team

Principal Investigators

Liesl Folks.

Liesl Folks

Professor and Dean; School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

University at Buffalo

Specialty/Research Interests: Materials design and innovation, technology transfer cycle optimization, nanostructured magnetic materials and spin-electronic devices, data storage, random access memories, access and participation in STEM.


Coleen Carrigan.

Coleen M. Carrigan

Assistant Professor; Department of Social Sciences

California Polytechnic State University

Specialty/Research interests: Critical race feminist theory, Cultural anthropology, Science and technology studies, Medical anthropology, Ethnography, Action research, Class theory, Intersectionality, Engineering education, Critical methodologies, Broadening participation, Diversity


Co-Principal Investigators

Glenna Bett.

Glenna Bett

Vice Chair for Research, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Deputy Director, Institute for Research on Women and Gender; CEO, Cytocybernetics, Inc.

University at Buffalo

Specialty/Research Interests: Ion channel biophysics; drug-channel interactions; cellular electrophysiology; mathematical modelling; Biotech Startups


Xiufeng Liu.

Xiufeng Liu

Professor, Graduate School of Education; Director, Center for Educational Innovation

University at Buffalo

Specialty/Research Interests: Science assessment, applications of Rasch measurement, opportunity-to-learn, civic scientific literacy, student engagement in university classrooms, science instruction, science and the public, pedagogy of university teaching


Nancy A. Schiller.

Nancy A. Schiller

Engineering Librarian, University Libraries; Co-Director, National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science

University at Buffalo

Specialty/Research Interests: Specialized research assistance and library instruction in the areas of engineering and applied sciences; case based pedagogy; science education.


Laurene Tumiel-Berhalter.

Laurene Tumiel-Berhalter

Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Research, Department of Family Medicine

University at Buffalo

Specialty/Research Interests: Chronic Disease and Multimorbidity, Health Disparities, Patient Self-management, Translational Research in Communities, Translational Research in Practice


Research Staff

Shannon Carlin-Menter.

Shannon Carlin-Menter

Professional Research Assistant, NAVIGATE Project; Research Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine

University at Buffalo

Specialty/Research Interests: Assessment, Program evaluation, Curriculum development/instruction, and Research methods/design