Amanda Vines is a PhD student in the Department of Cell Biology, studying DNA double strand break repair dynamics in fission yeast. As an undergraduate at Dallas Baptist University, she worked as a lab assistant and tutor for three years in a variety of biology courses, and there first appreciated the importance of student-centered teaching from an instructor’s perspective. Amanda has taught as a teaching fellow at Yale in microbiology and cell biology, and was a visiting instructor in genetics at Quinnipiac University. She enjoys mentoring junior graduate students, undergraduates and high school students at the lab bench. She also participates in science outreach through programs such as the graduate student-run Science in the News lecture series. Amanda is eager to collaborate with the other CTL fellows to promote evidence-based teaching strategies and improve pedagogy at Yale and other institutions. In her career, she hopes to foster teaching and research partnerships between large research universities and smaller teaching colleges to improve diverse student retention in STEM.