Elise Kleeman has experience in science, education, communication, and research, including graduate degrees in biological sciences and science communication, college-level teaching and educational content design, and more than five years of science journalism for international, national and regional publications. Prior to Minerva, she helped design and teach undergraduate biology classes at the University of California, Irvine, and studied the effect of early-life nicotine exposure on learning and memory. She earned her Ph.D. in Biological Science from the University of California, Irvine, her Masters-level certificate in Science Communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and her B.S. in Geology from the California Institute of Technology.Professor Kleeman is passionate about getting people excited about learning in and out of the classroom. As well as introducing active learning methods to the neuroscience program at UC Irvine, she has also written about science, medicine, and technology for several newspapers and for New Scientist, The Scientist, and Discover magazines.