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PD Mentors

We provide two levels of personalized support to assist teachers in implementing the Great Diseases curriculum in their classrooms:

  • Weekly meetings with the module’s Project Leader to prepare for upcoming lessons, including review of content and sharing of best-practices from other teachers. These meetings fit your schedule, and are typically conducted via video chat or a phone call.
  • “Just-in-Time” support to answer last minute questions or resolve technical issues. Are you preparing for tomorrow’s class but need clarification on a topic? You can email, call or text one of our Project Leaders and they will respond promptly!



Each module’s Project Leader is a PhD level scientist that has specialized in a field related to one of our four disease modules. These experienced mentors are available via email, phone or text to answer any questions you may have or to set up the support system that you need.


Berri Jacque (Co-Director) As the Co-Director of the Center for Translational Science Education Berri’s research interests are on understanding how collaborative interdisciplinary approaches can successfully translate scientific and educational research into usable interventions that interrogate the relationship between scientific literacy, health education, and health literacy. Berri has a PhD from Tufts University in Immunology, and has been with the Great Diseases project from the beginning.





Stephanie Tammen (Project Leader, Metabolic Disease) originally hails from Arizona and received her PhD in Nutrition from Tufts University. She has always had a keen interest in making science more approachable to those that may be daunted by the field. Stephanie has taught science in classrooms, science centers and even from a bus!




Revati Masilami (Project Leader, Cancer and Infectious Disease) received her PhD in Immunology from The Rockefeller University where she studied immunotherapies to autoimmune disorders and cancer. She then did a postdoctoral fellowship in microbiology and infectious disease at Tufts University. She enjoys teaching and communicating science to general audiences, and especially to students who are figuring out the world around them.



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