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Ott, Laura

Teaching Assistant Professor
104 Wilson Hall


Ph.D., Immunology, North Carolina State University (2010)

B.S., Microbiology, Michigan State University (2005)


Courses taught:

BIOL 101: Principles of Biology (Fall 2022)

BIOL 103: How Cells Function (Fall 2023, Spring 2024)

BIOL 252: Human Anatomy & Physiology (Spring 2024)

BIOL 295: Educational and Social Science Research in Biology (Fall 2023, Spring 2024)

BIOL 395: Undergraduate Research in Biology

BIOL 448: Advanced Cell Biology (Fall 2023)


Office hours:

Please email to schedule a meeting.


Select STEM education publications:

(* denotes UNC Biology undergraduate coauthors)

Harrington M*, Lane A*, Yencha C*, Kelly-Rajan K*, Ott LE. (2023). Pete and the Missing Scissors: a primary literature-focused case study that highlights the impact of SARS-CoV-2 on splicingJournal of Microbiology and Biology Education, 24.

Shoaf PT*, French KS, Clifford NJ*, McKenney EA, Ott LE. (2022). A gut microbiome tactile teaching tool and guided-inquiry activity promotes student learningFrontiers in Microbiology, 13.

Ott LE, Godsay S, Stolle-McAllister K, Kowalewski C, Maton KI, LaCourse WR (2020).  Introduction to Research: A scalable, online badge implemented in conjunction with a classroom-based undergraduate research experience (CURE) that promotes students’ matriculation into mentored undergraduate researchUnderstanding Interventions, 11.

Goller CC and Ott LE (2020).  Evolution of an 8-week upper-division metagenomics course: Diagramming a learning path from observational to quantitative microbiome analysisBiochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, 48

Ott LE, Hodges LC, LaCourse WR (2020).  Supporting Deaf students in undergraduate research experiences: Perspectives of American Sign Language interpretersJournal of Microbiology and Biology Education, 21

Ott LE, Carpenter TS, Hamilton DS, LaCourse WR (2018).  Discovery Learning: Development of a unique active learning environment for introductory chemistryThe Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 18

Ott LE, Kephart K, Stolle-McAllister K, LaCourse WR (2018).  Students’ understanding and perceptions of assigned team roles in a classroom laboratory environmentJournal of College Science Teaching, 47

LaCourse WR, Sutphin KL, Ott LE, Maton KI, McDermott P, Bieberich C, Farabaugh P, Rous P (2017).  Think 500, not 50! A scalable approach to student success in STEMBMC Proceedings, 11

Lentz TB, Ott LE, Robertson SD, Windsor SC, Kelley JB, Wollenberg MS, Dunn RR, Goller CC (2017).  Unique Down to our Microbes — assessment of an inquiry-based metagenomics activityJournal of Microbiology and Biology Education, 18

Ott LE, Carson S (2016).  Who Scared the Cat? A molecular crime scene investigation laboratory exerciseJournal of Microbiology and Biology Education, 17

Ott LE, Carson S (2014).  Immunological Tools: Engaging students in the use and analysis of flow cytometry and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, 42