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John Rivers
Research School of Biology, Australian National University

John Rivers first enjoyed the molecular genetics course as an undergraduate, subsequently helping to establish and run the course’s PAL sessions. He has remained engaged with the course, helping evaluate student feedback, whilst completing his PhD in Plant Sciences at the Research School of Biology, ANU.

Aaron B. Smith
Research School of Biology, Australian National University

Aaron Smith graduated from the Australian National University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Genetics specialising in Plant Sciences and will begin a PhD in 2017. He has been a PAL mentor in first and second year biology courses since 2014.

Denise Higgins
Research School of Biology, Australian National University

Denise Higgins is an educational developer with extensive experience in course and program development, curriculum review and design and approaches to student-centred learning and research-led education. She has managed and participated in several education research projects on high order thinking skills and reflective practice in STEM undergraduate contexts.

Ruth Mills
Science Teaching and Learning Centre, Australian National University

Ruth Mills was coordinator of the ANU Science Peer Assisted Learning Program from 2011 to 2014, while also studying for a PhD in physics education research.  

Alex Gerd Maier
Research School of Biology, Australian National University

Alex Maier is a molecular parasitologist and applies functional genetics approaches to dissect the malaria parasite. His educational interests lie in conveying the excitement, challenges and benefits of the scientific method and how best to communicate the intrinsic aspects of it. He co-convenes the molecular genetics course with Susan.

Susan Margaret Howitt
Research School of Biology, Australian National University
Australia

Susan Howitt is a biochemist with an interest in educational research. She is especially interested in research-led education and how students understand research and the nature of science.  She co-convenes the molecular genetics course with Alex.