Dr. Shane Austin
Lecturer in Biochemistry, The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus
Shane Austin is currently a Lecturer in biochemistry at The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus in Barbados. Shane joined The UWI as an assistant lecturer in 2017 and has taught biology, biochemistry and scientific writing courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Shane currently supervises undergraduate and postgraduate research in several areas, particularly the metabolism of organisms in extreme conditions, uterine fibroids in Caribbean women and active learning to improve biochemistry education. Shane is passionate about active learning and has piloted several initiatives in his classrooms in this area. In 2018 he joined the Promoting Active Learning through Mentorship (PALM) network. His work as part of the PALM network increased his involvement in the active learning and education communities. Shane has presented several professional development workshops on active learning strategies and published on the topic. Shane is a member of several societies, including the Society of Experimental Biology, the Malacology Society of London and the American Chemical Society. Recently, Shane has been working with the SEB to improve diversity in the society’s awards through his work with the outreach, education and diversity working group and the SEB Awards Nomination taskforce. Shane is excited to share his experiences and knowledge with colleagues in higher education.