Zofia Gajdos is a Manager of Instructional Development at VPAL, where she oversees the development of online courses and manages a team of instructional design leads. She has worked with faculty to develop courses in data science, chemistry, biochemistry, cell biology, malaria eradication, and Python programming. Prior to assuming this role, she was a lecturer in microbiology and immunobiology at Harvard Medical School (HMS), pursuing a science education career as part of the Curriculum Fellows Program at HMS. In her role at HMS, she worked on improving graduate education through close collaboration with Harvard faculty on the Infectious Diseases Consortium, an affiliation of faculty and students engaged in infectious disease research and an avenue for creating new synergies across the various schools at Harvard.
Zofia holds an SB in biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a PhD in genetics from Harvard University. She completed a one-year American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) science and technology policy fellowship at the National Institute of Health's National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, where she worked in the Office of Science and Technology. She was a graduate student and postdoctoral fellow with Professor Joel Hirschhorn at Children's Hospital, with a research focus on human complex trait genetics, specifically the genetics of asthma and the timing of puberty.