Kristen Frenzel

Senior Lecturer and Associate Director

Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology

Office: 1462 Clifton Rd., Suite 304E

Phone: 404-727-1317



  • B.S., Applied Biology, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1991
  • Ph.D., Biochemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology, Emory University, 2001


Kristen Frenzel has lived in Atlanta for her whole life, attending Georgia Tech for a B.S. in Applied Biology and Emory University for a Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology. The first year of her postdoctoral fellowship was spent in Paris, France at the College de France and through this experience, she's become a life-long Francophile. She joined the Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology program in July of 2006. Her interests lie in learning how neurons communicate at a molecular and cellular level and in a mechanistic understanding of various neurological diseases. She's now the co-Director of the NBB summer study abroad program in Paris, France and travels there with students every other summer. STEM education is another core area of academic interest, with a specific focus on using evidence-based pedagogies in the classroom in order to engage students in the learning process. Outside of the world of neuroscience, she has a passion for soccer, reading and cooking.


I am interested in the ways we can improve as science educators. To that end, my research interests lie in understanding how best to engage students in the learning process and how best to encourage STEM faculty to embrace evidence-based pedagogies.