Jane Indorf

Educator Assistant Professor
Assistant Director, Undergraduate Research and Community Outreach

(305) 284-9557
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Research Interests

My research interests are in science education, evolutionary biology, and population genetics. Though trained as an evolutionary biologist, I shifted my focus to discipline-based education research to study how students best learn science and how educators can use evidence-based teaching practices to improve life science education. Currently, my research focuses on active learning in life science courses and course-based research experiences for undergraduates. I coordinate the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Integrated Biology and Chemistry laboratory courses in which students conduct authentic research with faculty early on in their undergraduate career.

Teaching Interests

My role as an educator is to guide and support both students and faculty. Through my teaching and research, I focus on improving science education via the implementation of evidence-based methods for effective teaching and learning. I see students as active participants in their learning and encourage this through the use of collaborative learning, hands-on activities, case studies, and assignments that help students relate what they are learning to their everyday lives. My teaching focuses on applications of science to the real world; I incorporate current events and primary literature into my courses to make abstract concepts more relevant to students. As an educator, my goal is to improve student learning through the implementation of active learning strategies, and the integration of research and the scientific process into the curriculum.


2010Ph.D. Biology University of Miami
2003B.A. Biology Boston University

Professional Experience

2018 - Assistant Director, Office of Undergraduate Research & Community Outreach, University of Miami
2015 - Educator Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, University of Miami
2011 - 2015Postdoctoral Fellow in Science Education, Department of Biology and Office of Undergraduate Research, University of Miami
2007 - 2009National Science Foundation Graduate STEM Fellow in K-12 Education, Science Made Sensible program, University of Miami

Honors & Acknowledgements

National Science Foundation (M. S. Gaines, P.I. and J. L. Indorf, Co-P.I.); Division of Undergraduate Education: Reclaiming the American Dream (RAD): A Scholarship Program for Community College Transfer Students in Biology; 2013 – 2017
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (M. S. Gaines, P.I. and J. L. Indorf, Co-P.I.); University of Miami Initiative for Maximizing Student Development Program; 2012 – 2017
American Society of Mammalogists Grant-In-Aid of Research 2009
University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award 2006

LIST OF SPECIALTIES: Science Education | Evolutionary Biology | Population Genetics


Hanson, J. D., J. L. Indorf, V. J. Swier & R. D. Bradley Journal of Mammalogy 91 Molecular divergence within the Oryzomys palustris complex: evidence for multiple species336-347 (2010).

Indorf, J. L., M. S. Gaines, J. Chmielewski, C. A. Hrycyna, K. V. Thompson, W. R. LaCourse, and K. L. Sutphin "The times they are a-changin’: new expectations in undergraduate pre-medical education and medical school admissions" (Faculty Resource Network New Faces, New Expectations.. 2013).

Indorf, J. L. and M. S. Gaines "Genetic divergence of insular marsh rice rats in subtropical Florida. " 897-91094(4) (Journal of Mammalogy. 2013).

Indorf, J.L., J. Weremijewicz, D.P. Janos & M.S. Gaines CBE—Life Sciences Education 18 Adding authenticity to inquiry in a first-year research-based biology laboratory course1-15 (2019).

Plantan, T. P., J. L. Indorf, R. de Villiers & M. S. Gaines Science made sensible” In “STEM and social justice: Teaching and learning in diverse settings—A global perspective (Springer. 2017).

Whitlock, B. A., A. M. Hale, J. L. Indorf & C. F. Wilkins Australian Systematic Botany 24 Polyphyly in Rulingia and Commersonia (Lasiopetaleae Malvaceae s. l.)215-225 (2011).