Claudia Ludwig is the Director of Systems Education Experiences (SEE). SEE is an education program that began in the Baliga Lab and now extends throughout ISB. Her research focuses on enabling high quality STEM experiences for secondary students and teachers through systems biology research. To accomplish this, she establishes interdisciplinary teams of scientists, engineers, teachers and students to learn about current systems research. The team then translates that research into curriculum, activities, lab kits, and new training experiences for others.
In 2004, Ludwig began working at ISB during the summers while teaching Biology and Chemistry at International School in Bellevue, WA during the academic year. This active collaboration led to the publication of two curriculum modules and the inception of a new way of providing professional development, internships and novel curriculum. This program, coined Systems Education Experiences, quickly became a necessity for many teachers and students. In response, in 2007, Ludwig joined ISB formally to advance these vital efforts. Since that time, three new modules have been published with six more in development leading to over 2.5 million students using SEE’s curriculum.
In addition to directing Systems Education Experiences and establishing interdisciplinary teams, Ludwig also helps other research institutes implement effective training programs for students. She also creates and edits content on the widely used SEE website, leads curriculum dissemination efforts, and trains students and teachers around the world through workshops, webinars, presentations, and direct correspondence.
Ludwig graduated from Loyola University Chicago, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and a Master’s Degree in Education with additional emphases on chemistry, curriculum and instruction. She currently serves on the Puget Sound Biotech Advisory Committee and is the Co-Chair of the National Institute of Health’s Cancer Systems Biology Consortium Education and Outreach Working Group. Prior to teaching in Washington State, Ludwig taught in the Chicagoland area and worked as a social worker for people with developmental disabilities.
M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction, Loyola University Chicago
B.S. Biology, Loyola University Chicago
National Board Certified Teacher for Adolescence and Young Adults in Science
STEM education; curriculum development; teacher professional development; high school instruction; applied systems thinking; program management; diversity, equity and inclusion