Dr. Crum earned a Ph.D. in Cellular, Molecular, and Developmental Biology from the University of Illinois where she used the model organism Caenorhabditis elegans to study how genes control organ formation and muscle differentiation in developing embryos. Before joining IMSA, she was a faculty member at Benedictine University in Lisle, IL and College of Coastal Georgia where she taught a range of courses including Microbiology, Cell Biology, and Molecular Biology. She is a Tiny Earth Partner Instructor and has a special interest in developing equitable course-based research experiences. During her time as an AmeriCorps member, she developed curricula, taught elementary-age students on Chicago’s south side, and led service projects with a focus on social justice and equity in education. She is a STEM Coach for America’s Cup Endeavor Chicago, a cost-free STEM/sailing camp with the mission to provide unique sporting and sailing opportunities for youth across all socioeconomic backgrounds. Dr. Crum is also a proud first-generation college graduate. Outside of class (pre-pandemic) – you might find Dr. Crum standing on her head in hot yoga, swinging from a trapeze, boating, road-tripping, eating all the things, or maybe watching anime with her son. Outside of class (mid-pandemic) you might find her reading, gardening, cooking, searching for the perfect face mask, skiing, re-learning how to play the flute, growing sourdough culture, painting, or maybe watching anime with her son.