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Professor dianachu
Professor; Director of SEPAL
University of California, San Francisco
At SFSU Since: 
SEPAL Laboratory in Hensill Hall 243
Office Hours: 
Please email me at to make an appointment at a time that is convenient for you!
Office Phone: 
(415) 405-3438
biology education research, equity and diversity in science, science education research, science teaching methods for scientists, partnerships with K-12 schools, development of novel assessment tools, community college biology teaching, cognitive psychology research

My research group, SEPAL: The Science Education Partnership and Assessment Laboratory, is interested in how people learn science, especially biology, and how teachers and scientists can collaborate to make science teaching and learning in classrooms – Kindergarten through college – more like how scientists work. Just like other science research groups, we ask questions about what we’re interested in, design ways to collect evidence to address our questions, and analyze and share the data that we collect with other researchers in our field. SEPAL researchers are studying a variety of issues in biology education and science education, with a special emphasis on developing novel assessment tools to bettter understand how people from children to practicing scientists conceptualize the biological and physical world. 
Similar to studies in the field of physics education, this research in biology education holds the promise of revealing insights into preconceptions and misconceptions in biology that can guide strategies for curriculum improvement and teaching reform.

Please see our website for a list of recent SEPAL publications and biogaphies of SEPAL research students. We look forward to working with you to find a way to integrate SEPAL experiences into your time at SFSU.


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