Welcome! My name is Emily Driessen. It's nice to make your acquaintance. I am currently a post-doctoral associate at the University of Minnesota, working in the Laneresearch group to investigate how college biology instructors define sex and gender and the impact of these definitions of transgender, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming students in college biology classes. I earned my PhD from Auburn University while conducting research in the Ballen lab, focusing on equity and diversity in undergraduate biology education. I believe everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, should have the opportunity to achieve and succeed in the subject of biology, and my research focuses on how to best support this achievement and success, recognizing structural barriers, ableism, classism, racism, sexism, and transphobia. My past educational experiences include earning a B.S. in microbiology with a minor in chemistry from North Dakota State University while contributing to research in the McClean Lab as well as earning a M.S. in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics from the University of Kentucky while researching in the Wilhelm lab. Please explore the different tabs to find out about my research, teaching, service & outreach, and what I like to do in my free-time. For my CV, please see the document below.