Nancy Pelaez


Nancy Pelaez is associate professor of biological sciences specializing in physiology at California State University Fullerton where she advises science teachers in the master of arts in teaching science program. She was the recipient of a Howard Hughes Medical Institute fellowship for a doctorate in vascular physiology, and she currently extends her biomedical research dissertation work to investigate discrepencies between student explanations of human blood circulation and those of the scientific community. She supports the peer review of exemplary materials as associate editor of the Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT) and as an advisory board member of the AAAS BiosciEdNet digital portal. She has a BS summa cum laude in Biology from Newcomb College of Tulane University (1976), K-12 California teaching credentials in both life science and physical science from Mills College (1989) and a PhD in physiology and biophysics from Indiana University School of Medicine (1999).