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Laura (Mackey) Lorentzen is an Associate Professor of Biology at Kean University. She has over twenty years’ experience in undergraduate STEM teaching and curriculum development, both as an administrator and as a faculty member. Currently she chairs the college curriculum committee and coordinators the first year curriculum for biology majors. She is a past president of the New Jersey Academy of Science, and past Editor-in-Chief of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) Magazine. She is a Forum Advisory Board Member for the national research honors society Phi Kappa Phi. Recent national presentations include a workshop on use of Ebola Virus as a teaching tool at the National Science Teachers Association STEM Forum Philadelphia PA, and a lecture detailing her co-authored original case study on Huntington’s Disease at Experimental Biology 2021. 


Courses Taught

  • General Biology
  • Biology Senior Seminar
  • Neuroscience
  • Cell Physiology

Areas of Expertise

  • Biomedicine
  • Physiology
  • Cell & Molecular Biology
  • Molecular Evolution 

Teaching Philosophy

Make connections to what you already know when acquiring new knowledge.

Selected Publications

  • Shumskaya, M., Mishra, S., Lorentzen, L. (2020) Online Low Stakes Assignments to Support Scientific Lab Report Writing in Introductory Science Courses. Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education 21(3):21.3.73 Tips & Tools DOI
  • Baucom, C., Bate, J., Ochoa, S., Santos, I., Sergios, A., Lorentzen, L. and Reilly, K. (2020) The Epidemiology of the AIDS Pandemic: Historical, Cultural, Political, Societal Perspectives and Knowledge of HIV. Journal of Student Research 8(2):30-38.  All published articles in this journal are accompanied by a media file, ours is WeTransfer Link:
  • Lorentzen, L., Reilly, K. and Lorentzen, K. (Fall 2020) Things that go bump in the night. Phi Kappa Phi Forum (PKP) Magazine 100(3):14-16. Article on sleep paralysis across cultures.
  •  Lorentzen, L. (Sept 2021, pages 1-2) Together or Apart? Lecture with Laboratory, or Taken Separately? (Life Science Teaching Resource Community) PECOP Blog   (Physiology educators' perspectives on educational issues)
  • Mackey Lorentzen, L., Reilly, K., Baucom, C., and Manheim, E. (7 Feb 2021) Published and peer-reviewed “Auggie’s Story: a child with Huntington disease” original, flipped classroom case study from National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, University of Buffalo, State University of New York. Case published for over 20K case study teaching at: