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 attended Emory University for a Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology and the focus of her dissertation work was on neuronal cell signaling mediated by neuregulin proteins. She joined the Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology program in July of 2006. Her NBB content-related interests are focused on neuronal communication at a molecular and cellular level, biological basis of neurodegenerative disease, and the strengths and vulnerabilities of adolescent brain development.

She co-directs the NBB summer study abroad program in Paris, France and travels there with undergraduate students every other summer. She's joined the adminstrative team in NBB as Associate Director in 2015. 

STEM education is core area of pedagogical interest, with a specific focus on using evidence-based pedagogies in the classroom in order to engage students in the learning process and creating opportunities for faculty and future faculty to evolve their teaching to be more student-centered.


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. I receive grant support from NSF (NeuroCaseNet) to create a network of faculty interested in developing case narratives for use in undergraduate neuroscience courses.