Natalie McGuier, PGSS Program Director

Natalie McGuire

Natalie McGuier is an Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University, and Program Director of the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Sciences. She earned a B.S. in Biological Sciences & Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University with a concentration in Molecular Biology. She conducted her graduate studies at the Medical University of South Carolina where she investigated the neurobiology of addiction and earned a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences. Natalie returned to Carnegie Mellon in 2015 as a post doc and soon joined the teaching faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences. Natalie has been a member of the PGSS faculty since 2015 as a team project leader and elective instructor.

As a member of the faculty at Carnegie Mellon, Natalie has contributed to the undergraduate and graduate programs in Biological Sciences. She teaches students at the novice, advanced, and graduate levels. Natalie has created multiple successful introductory laboratory courses with the goal of making scientific research approachable to novice biology students and non-majors. She teaches undergraduate biology majors in their required lab course as part of team. Natalie has also helped develop and is the Assistant Director of the Masters Program in Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Engineering.

Natalie has been involved with numerous outreach activities for elementary, middle, and high school students promoting science education through hands-on learning experiences. She is the academic advisor for Neuroscience Student Advisory Council (NeurSAC) which conducts outreach activities and promotes mental health on campus. In addition, Natalie chairs the departmental DEI Committee, which works to create a greater sense of community and inclusiveness in the Department of Biological Sciences.