Kathy M. Takayama Adjunct Professor of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry

Kathy Takayama is the Executive Director of the Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning and Professor of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology & Biochemistry. She studied with the Nobel Laureate Phillip Sharp at MIT where she completed her B.S in Biology, and received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from UMDNJ – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (Rutgers Medical School).  She was a National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a faculty member at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. Dr. Takayama was selected as a Carnegie Scholar in 2003 by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, and has since been extensively engaged in the scholarship of teaching and learning nationally and internationally.

Her current research extends across a broad spectrum, including ePortfolios and online learning; visualizations in learning; STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education; and higher education assessment and professional development. She has delivered numerous keynotes on her work and serves as an International Advisor to the Board for Ireland's National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.  She has also advised higher education institutions throughout the US and in Europe, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, Latin America, and Africa.  In 2002, she led the first multidisciplinary, international (pre-MOOC) online inquiry course in genomics for students across 24 universities in 11 countries to celebrate the sequencing of the human genome, titled Visualizing the Science of Genomics.

Dr. Takayama was elected President of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) in 2014.  Her national and international teaching awards include the Australian Society for Microbiology David White Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Australian College of Educators Teaching Award, and the University of New South Wales Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence. Dr. Takayama serves on the National Steering Committee of the National Science Foundation Biology Scholars Program, which she co-founded in 2005. In 2008 she was named National Academies Education Fellow in the Life Sciences by the National Research Council. She has served on numerous editorial boards, including the International Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and the Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education. 

Dr. Takayama has also directed major educational research iniatives funded by the Teagle Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Association of American Universities, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Brown Affiliations

scholarly work

Selected Publications:

Takayama, K. (2014) A metacognitive approach to mapping collaborative inquiry through e-portfolios. AAC&U Peer Review, vol 16 no. 1 http://aacu.org/peerreview/2014/winter/takayama

Reichard, D. & Takayama, K. (2012) Exploring Student Learning in Unfamiliar Territory: A Humanist and a Scientist Compare Notes, in The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning In and Across the Disciplines, Kathleen McKinney (ed.), Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Takayama, K. (2010) Facilitating group discussions: understanding group development and dynamics. POD Essays on Teaching Excellence, vol 21 no. 1. http://podnetwork.org/content/uploads/V21-N1-Takayama.pdf​

Takayama, K. (2010) Catalyzing interdisciplinary and integrative thinking through the scholarship of teaching and learning. Microbiology Australia, vol 31 no. 1

Erce, M.A., Low, J.K., March, P.E., Wilkins, M., Takayama, K. (2009) Identification and functional analysis of RNase E of Vibrio angustum S14 and two-hybrid analysis of its interaction partners. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA)- Proteins and Proteomics, 1794, 1107–1114.

Takayama, K. (2009) Communities, Voices and Portals of Engagement. International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, vol 3 no. 2 (July 2009). http://digitalcommons.georgiasouthern.edu/ij-sotl/vol3/iss2/25/

Takayama, K. (2005) Teaching visualizing the science of genomics, in Visualization in Science Education, John K. Gilbert (ed.), Dordrecht: Springer, pp 217-251.

Takayama, K. (2005) The future of life science research: teaching our future scientists. Australian Life Scientist, March/April 2005, p.12.

Takayama, K. & Wilson, J. (2005) Mapping student learning throughout the collaborative inquiry process: the progressive e-poster. Proceedings of the Blended Learning in Science Teaching and Learning Symposium, The University of Sydney, 2005, 111-116.

Takayama, K. and Nicholson, J. (2004) The Symbiotic Bacterial Light Project: Luxcorp. Installation, Canberra Contemporary Art Space. Invited solo exhibition for the CSIRO Metis Arts-Science Festival. May 15 - June 19, 2004, Canberra, ACT Australia.

Whitaker, N. & Takayama, K. (2004) Computer-aided visualisation in teaching genomics and bioinformatics. FASEB Journal, 18, 6-7.

Takayama, K. (2004) Three-dimensional visualizations in teaching genomics and bioinformatics: Mutations in HIV envelope proteins and their consequences for vaccine design. Microbiology Education, 5, 3 - 12. http://jmbe.asm.org/index.php/jmbe/article/view/72

Takayama, K. (2004) Visualising the science of genomics: cognitive and social interactions that promote learning in an online collaborative research project. Proceedings of the Scholarly Inquiry in Flexible Science Teaching and Learning Symposium, The University of Sydney, 2004, 65-71.

Takayama, K. (2003) Visualising the Science of Genomics – an international online research project. Microbiology Australia, 24, 32 - 33.

McDougald D., Gong L., Srinivasan S., Hild E., Thompson L., Takayama K., Rice S.A., Kjelleberg S. (2002) Defences against oxidative stress during starvation in bacteria. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek International Journal of General and Molecular Microbiology, 81, 3-13.

Gong, L., Takayama, K. & Kjelleberg, S. (2002) Role of spoT-dependent ppGpp accumulation in the survival of light-exposed starved bacteria. Microbiology, 148, 559-570.

McDougald, D., Gong, L., Srinivasan, S., Hild, E., Thompson, L., Takayama, K., Rice, S., and Kjelleberg, S. (2001) Defences against oxidative stress during starvation in marine bacteria. Proceedings from the Ninth International Symposium on Microbial Ecology.

Hild, E., Takayama, K., Olsson, R. & Kjelleberg, S. (2000) Evidence for a role of rpoE in stressed and unstressed cells of marine Vibrio angustum strain S14. Journal of Bacteriology, 182, 6964-6974.

Takayama, K. & Kjelleberg, S. (2000) The role of RNA stability during bacterial stress responses and starvation. Environmental Microbiology, 2, 355-365.

Srinivasan, S., Ostling, J., Charlton, T., de Nys, R., Takayama, K., and Kjelleberg, S. (1998) Extracellular signal molecule(s) are involved in the carbon starvation response of marine Vibrio sp. strain S14. Journal of Bacteriology, 180, 201-209.

Takayama, K. (ed) The University of New South Wales School of Microbiology and Immunology Annual symposium: program and abstracts. 1997 - 2003.

Thieringer, H., Takayama, K., Kang, C. and Inouye, M. (1995) Antisense RNA-mediated inhibition of mouse hepatitis virus replication in L2 cells. Antisense Research and Development, 5, 289-294.

Wickens, M. and Takayama, K. (1994) RNA:Deviants-or emissaries. Nature, 367, 17-18.

Takayama, K. and Inouye, M. (1990) Antisense RNA. CRC Critical Reviews in Biochemistry, 25, 155-184.

Takayama, K., Kuriyama, S., Weiss, S., Chada, K., Inouye, S. and Inouye, M. (1989) Antisense RNA -mediated inhibition of viral infection in tissue culture and transgenic mice. Proceedings from the UCLA Symposium on the Molecular Biology of RNA, T. Cech, Ed., 94, 299-310.

Takayama, K. and Inouye, M. (1989) Antisense RNA: a versatile and specific regulator. Pharmaceutical Technology, 13, 18-22.

Takayama, K. and Inouye, M. (1988) Antisense RNA as a tool for regulation of gene expression. Proceedings from the 8th International Biotechnology Symposium, 1, 97-112.

Takayama, K., Weiss, S., Kuriyama, S., Chada, K., Inouye, S., Hirashima, A., Sawaki, S., Mizuno, T., Houba-Herin, N. and Inouye, M. (1988) Antisense RNA as a tool in viral immune systems. Current Communications in Molecular Biology, Antisense RNA and DNA, 29-34.

Takayama, K., Houba-Herin, N. and Inouye, M. (1987) Overproduction of an antisense RNA containing the oop RNA sequence of bacteriophage l induces clear plaque formation. Mol. Gen. Genet., 210, 184-186.

research overview

A multidisciplinary approach to enhance online STEM learning analytics: Machine vision, computational linguistics and crowdsourcing (in collaboration with Professor Thomas Serrre (Dept of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences, Brown) and Professor Byron Wallance (Center for Evidence-Based Medicine, Brown); and Dr. John Melson (Sheridan Center, Brown)

We are developing two novel approaches that extend current learning analytics strategies in online STEM education by focusing on machine vision and computational linguistics. First, we will mine visual perception data to develop computational models for scientific visualization features that influence learner perception of relevant information. These models will enable automated analysis of visualizations to determine instructional efficacy, and will have broad applications for the creation and use of visual material for STEM learning. Second, we will extend and apply a computational linguistic model of topics and speech acts in conversation to discussion forums in massive open online courses (MOOCs). This model will use automated, quantitative linguistic analysis to help instructors spot points of confusion; find discussions in which they should intervene; and provide insight into discussion patterns that correlate with desirable learning outcomes. By merging natural language processing and computational visual neurosciences, these approaches will add new dimensions to predictive modeling in learning analytics.


funded research

NSF Gordon Conference Sub-Award

K. Takayama, B. Wong & N. Woolridge: "Crowd-sourcing salience ratings for scientific images" $6000 (2011 - 2013)

Teagle Foundation
T. Luxon & K. Takayama: "Engaging Evidence: Programs for Improving Student Learning" $200,000 (2011 - 2013)

National Science Foundation
A. Chang, A. Darden & K. Takayama: "Biology Scholars Program - 2"
$599,595 (2010 - 2014)

National Science Foundation
A. Chang, S. Benson, A. Darden, H. Elmendorf & K. Takayama: "Enhancing Learning Improvements through Evidence Scholars Program"
$200,000 (2007 - 2010)