Anna Newman-Griffis


I am bi and I am a biology educator.//

I am a plant cell biologist by training, and in my PhD I studied how the movement of the nucleus within root cells impacts how legumes form symbiotic interactions with soil bacteria called rhizobia.

Over the course of my PhD, I discovered that my scientific interests lay primarily in education, so after I graduated in late 2018, I pivoted to a career in science education. I have taught Biology at the college level ever since, working at small and community colleges, as well as large universities, and am now a Lecturer at University of Pittsburgh.

As a cis bisexual woman, my orientation is often invisible. Representation in the classroom is so important; my hope is that, by being out, I can inspire the next generation of queer scientists.