Ranyee visiting Cambodia. ©AMNH
Dr. Ranyee Chiang is a postdoctoral researcher at New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Her research focuses on how elementary students learn to use and understand scientific evidence and how teaching strategies can facilitate students' learning about scientific evidence.
Before moving into science education research, Ranyee spent many years as a researcher in computational biology. By studying large amounts of biological data together, computational biologists are able to study biology with a big-picture perspective. Ranyee earned a B.S. in Computational Biology at Brown University in 2001 and a doctorate in Biological and Medical Informatics from the University of California, San Francisco in 2008. For her Ph.D. dissertation research, she studied molecular evolution, and more specifically, how enzymes function change during evolution.
While in graduate school, Ranyee also worked in elementary science classrooms and taught teachers in professional development courses relating to science education.