CASL Club Publication

“CASL Club” publication is available at PubMed! In our recent paper, Claire Gordy and I describe the development and implementation of a journal club workshop we called “CASL Club” (Critical Analysis of Scientific Literature). We found that the journal club increased self-reported confidence in scientific independence and specific skills related to searching, analyzing and discussing scientific […]

A Summer Research Opportunity for UNCP students

UNCP Students: Check out this summer research opportunity at UNC-Chapel Hill: A link to the application: SPIRE Undergraduate Summer Research 2016 Application And check out Pathways to Science for a whole bunch of other summer research opportunities. Pathways to Sciences is also on Facebook.

Spring courses

Spring (semester) is here!! Dr. Sandefur’s classes this spring are introductory biology (lecture), genetics (lecture and lab) and microbiology (lab only). He’ll be using POGIL in his intro bio course as well as provide an introduction to reading and critically analyzing primary scientific literature. Genetics lecture will revolve around a published case study of a […]


The Sandefur Lab made its first conference appearance a few days ago at the State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium (SNCURCS). The symposium was held at High Point University, which was beautifully decorated for the winter holidays. Lab member Tyler Moore (Biology, senior) presented on his modeling of fast DNA-protein binding dynamics.

New Sandefur Lab arrival

Sandefur Lab PI Conner Sandefur and his wife Brittany welcomed the arrival of their daughter Betty Louise on September 21.

Funded STEM outreach project (Trickster)!

The Sandefur Lab recently received funding from the Duke Energy Foundation to develop and implement the Trickster Modeling Workshop at high schools around UNC-Pembroke! We are excited about this opportunity and look forward to reporting back on our experiences. Please contact Dr. Sandefur if you are interested in learning more and/or getting involved.

Research Opportunities in the Sandefur Lab

The Sandefur Lab: Exploring how small changes can make a big difference. Current projects in the Sandefur Lab fall into two main categories: systems biology and integrative course design. Systems biology projects are directed at investigating diseases that impact rural communities, with a particular focus on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and diabetes. There is […]

Fall Courses

Fall classes are about to begin at UNCP! My classes this fall are genetics (lecture and lab) and microbiology (lab only). I’m excited to try out Socrative for in-class real time polling. My syllabi are available below. Course materials available for interested instructors, just shoot me an email. Principles of Genetics Lab Syllabus Principles of […]

Trickster Modeling Workshop

Earlier today I had the opportunity to participate in a summer camp for American Indian high school students (Safeguarding our Natural and Tribal Heritage Youth Program funded by the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service). I was particularly excited because it allowed me a chance to do a workshop called Trickster Modeling. The basic idea […]

New faculty position

I’m excited to post news that I’ll be joining the faculty in the Department of Biology at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke this fall. In preparation for this new position, don’t be surprised if you see some changes on this website, which will be transitioned from my individual site to the new Sandefur Lab […]