Teaching

Current and past classes

Computational Biology at the Field Museum – CBFM

The Field Museum of Natural History
(Instructor, Fall 2014 & Spring 2015)

CBFM is a course based on the use of the Linux command line for computational biology applications. This course offers the novice both user tools and guidance to enter the world of Linux and computational biology.
The course website offers constant access for students to the course material and represents a great resource for interested autodidacts.


Improving Presentation Skills

University of Nebraska-Lincoln
(Instructor, Summer 2012)

The aim of this course was to sharpen the students' presentation skills, to encourage their involvement in scientific discussions, and to have fun with scientific communication.
This course offered introductions in how to plan and organize a scientific presentation, how to prepare a PowerPoint presentation with well-designed, notable content, and information to consider when presenting work. The students then used their acquired knowledge to give short talks based on scientific publications. In subsequent discussions of their presentations, we gave feedback and focused on how the presenters could improve their performance.


Plant Molecular Evolution and Phylogenetics - PMEP

University of Bonn
(Teaching Assistant, 2003 - 2011)

PMEP is an introductory class taught to develop an evolutionary-based understanding of modern phylogenetics, taxonomy, and cladistics. Students used hands-on experiences to learn the basics of molecular biology and the methods of phylogenetic analyses in this 4-week all-day course. In this course, we used real-world examples from actual molecular biology research. These experiences offered students great insight into the work of a scientist—from the success to the disappointments that go along with research.
I co-designed several student projects and taught this class together with my PhD advisor Dr. Volker Knoop. You can find more information about this class and the M.Sc. in Plant Sciences at the University of Bonn under the following links:


Please see my CV for a detailed list of all courses and guest lectures that I have taught.