For more information about the SUN project, please contact:
Ann Batiza, Ph.D.
Director, The SUN (Students Understanding eNergy) Project Research Center
Principal Investigator of the SUN and Undergraduate SUN Projects
Students Understanding eNergy Project
Milwaukee School of Engineering
1025 N. Broadway
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: (414) 277-2825
Ann Batiza’s background reflects her strong interests in biology, education and writing. She received her undergraduate degree as an interdisciplinary major in biology and chemistry (emphasis biology) at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin and attended Yale University in the Department of Microbiology. She later earned both an M.A. in education in curriculum and instruction at San Diego State University and a Ph.D. in cellular and molecular biology (University of Wisconsin – Madison 1998). Her thesis mentor was Professor Patrick Masson and in his Arabidopsis (plant) laboratory she characterized the calcium response of yeast to hypotonic shock.
She did her postdoctoral work and worked as a researcher in the UW-Madison laboratory of Professor Ching Kung. There she used recombinant DNA techniques to probe the structure of the bacterial channel MscL that opens upon bacterial swelling and with Dr. Zhou, another researcher in the lab, serendipitously discovered the mechanosensitivity of a yeast vacuolar channel, Trp1.
She has taught at many levels: pre K, middle school, high school, and college and was in charge of developing the educational content of the then new Discovery Room at the St. Louis Science Center. While in St. Louis, Ann wrote grants for the St. Louis City School desegregation effort and also developed curricular materials for an education publisher. More recently, she wrote a book for young adults called Bioinformatics, Genomics and Proteomics: Getting the Big Picture published by Chelsea House.
Ann is the principal investigator of the SUN (Students Understanding ENergy) Project funded by the Institute of Education Sciences, the Undergraduate SUN Project, funded by the National Science Foundation, and is developing additional educational projects to help learners understand the molecular basis of life.