Eric P. Spana

Eric Spana is an award-winning instructor who has spent over 20 years utilizing Drosophila as a model system for neurobiology, cell biology and genetics. As an Associate Professor of the Practice in Biology his primary focus is on undergraduate teaching and research rather than graduate or post-doctoral training. His current work focuses on helping undergraduate students do biological laboratory research before they even begin college, and on creating courses that allow students to contribute to real scientific problems rather than simply following a lab manual. In class, students learn better by being able to place new information in context with ideas they already find familiar and understand. Dr. Spana frequently helps students place this new information into their encyclopedic knowledge of particular pieces of culture, like Harry Potter, Star Wars, and The Avengers and video games like Pokémon, Mass Effect, and Assassin’s Creed.