Natalie Kuldell develops discovery-based curricula drawn from the current literature to engage undergraduate students in structured, reasonably authentic laboratory and project-based experiences. After graduating from Cornell University with an undergraduate degree in chemistry, Natalie spent a year dancing professionally in Boston. She completed her doctoral and post-doctoral work at Harvard Medical School, and then taught at Wellesley College before joining the faculty at MIT. Natalie is the director of a non-profit, web-based resource called BioBuilder to teach synthetic biology. She also spearheads COPUS, a nationwide education and outreach network to promote the public understanding of science. Her research examines gene expression in eukaryotic cells, focusing most recently on synthetic biology and redesign of the yeast mitochondria.