Education & Outreach Director
- Sr. Lecturer, Biological Sciences Collegiate Division
- Education & Outreach Director, GGSB, CCSB, and Conte Center
Institute for Genomics & Systems Biology
Knapp Center for Biomedical Discovery
900 East 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
Phone: (773) 834-2787
The IGSB Education & Outreach Director is Dr. Barry Aprison who develops and oversees academic programs on campus through the auspices of the Chicago Center for Systems Biology (CCSB), the Conte Center for Computational Genomics of Neuropsychiatric Phenotypes, and the Ph.D program in Genetics, Genomics and Systems Biology (GGSB). Dr. Aprison’s major biomedical research areas of interest are developmental genetics, molecular evolution, genomics, and systems biology. His education research areas of interest are cognitive science, interactive learning, and scientiﬁc teaching.
EDUCATION & OUTREACH
Dr. Aprison designs and produces a portfolio of education and training programs for high school students, teachers, undergraduates, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty. He has partnerships with scholars at the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, the Field Museum, Chicago-area K-12 schools, the Collegiate Scholars Program, Urban Teacher Education Program, Research in the Biological Sciences, and Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program. As a Senior Lecturer in the Biological Sciences Collegiate Division of the College, Dr. Aprison produces courses and lectures. They include classes for Systems Biology & Disease (MD-Ph.D. students), Systems & Networks in Cancer (grad students), Synthetic Biology & Regulation of Genes (undergrad students), and Topics in Immunology, Cancer, and Systems Biology (MD-Ph.D. students). Support for these projects come from the Chicago Center for Systems Biology to Study Transcriptional Robustness and the Conte Center for Computational Systems Genomics of Neuropsychiatric Phenotypes. Dr. Aprison works on campus-wide initiatives as a member of the Graduate Minority Committee of the University of Chicago. He assists in the development of underrepresented minority (URM) recruitment and training programs. Dr. Aprison helps manage the applicant recruitment and course development of the Committee on Genetics, Genomics, & Systems Biologyʼs Ph.D. program in coordination with the Chair. Dr. Aprison leads a program he designed to support Molecular Biosciences graduate students to teach science in high schools and science museum exhibitions. They receive TA credit for 1-quarterʼs worth of planning, formative development, and teaching.
Prior to his coming to the University of Chicago in 2008, Dr. Aprison was Associate Professor of Education and Director of
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education Initiatives in the School of Education at Johns Hopkins
University. He joined the Hopkins faculty in 2007. Dr. Aprison worked with teachers, principals, superintendents, curriculum
specialists, engineers, scientists, evaluators, and designers to produce STEM education projects for Maryland schools. His
areas of specialization in education are:
a) designing, formatively developing, and implementing integrated STEM (iSTEM) K-16 education experiences;
b) producing narrative-based, goal-based learning STEM experiments;
c) generating elegant engineering challenges in classrooms and museum exhibitions;
d) producing phenomena-based interactives in classrooms and science exhibitions; and
e) designing, formatively developing, and producing education outreach program and hands-on exhibitions for science museums and centers.
Prior to joining Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Aprison was Director of Science and Technology at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry for nineteen years (1988-2007). His leadership resulted in the production of award-winning exhibitions and education programs for millions of visitors, students, teachers and parents. Dr. Aprison led project teams to design, fabricate, and install highly successful interactive exhibitions (i.e., Imaging: The Tools of Science, Advanced Photon Source, AIDS: The War Within, NetWorld: The Internet, Genetics: Decoding Life, & Science Storms; total >27,000-sq. ft.; >$13-million). He also designed and implemented high school outreach education programs linked to these exhibitions. Dr Aprison received NSF, NIH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHMI, and other organizationʼs support through competitive grant awards and funding programs. Three of Dr. Aprisonʼs permanent exhibitions (Imaging: The Tools of Science, AIDS: The War Within, and Science Storms) won national award recognitions from the Curatorsʼ Committee of the American Association of Museums.
Dr. Aprison joined the Museum of Science and Industry in 1988 after being an NIH post-doctoral fellow in the Indiana Universityʼs Department of Biology. As a postdoc he studied the molecular genetics of sex-speciﬁc regulation of gene expression in Drosophila melanogaster. Dr. Aprison also taught undergraduates genetics and developmental biology. At Brandeis University he investigated the regulation of yolk protein gene expression and DNA synthesis in fully-deﬁned, serum-free cultures of Xenopus laevis parenchymal liver cells. Dr. Aprison taught undergraduates biology and received his Ph.D. in biology at Brandeis in 1984.