Audrey Chen Lew
Assistant Professor of Teaching
1221 McGaugh Hall

Key Research Area

Mapping learning progressions is an effective tool in evidence-based teaching, because it allows educators to distinguish novice and expert knowledge on a quantitative scale. However, the development of learning progression scales have traditionally been limited to K-12 education and have not met the needs of the growing neuroscience field.  Our research group designs and assesses learning progression projects for neurobiology higher education.

Professional Bio

Dr. Audrey Chen Lew examines best practices in teaching neuroscience.  Her current work examines learning progression scales for neurobiology higher education.  Prior to joining the faculty at UCI, she was a visiting assistant professor at the Keck Science Department shared by Claremont McKenna College, Scripps College and Pitzer College.  Supported by HHMI, she lead undergraduate researchers to examine the neuroimmunological regulation of sleep using genetic tools available in zebrafish.  She is passionate about making science both accessible and fun to kids from age one to ninety-two. In 2007, she was recognized for her special contribution to the quality of the undergraduate student experience in the College of Letters and Science at UCLA.  As a Neuroethics Fellow in the Center for Neuroscience & Society at the University of Pennsylvania, she is interested in the neurological foundations of moral cognition and the ethical, legal and societal implications of neuroscience research. Dr. Lew received her B.A. in Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley and M.S. and Ph.D. in Neurobiology at the University of California, Los Angeles and postdoctoral training at the California Institute of Technology.