About the Authors and Illustrator
Dr. Lauren Dalton is a Senior Instructor I / Academic Advisor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon, where she teaches introductory and advanced cell biology as well as a course on scientific writing. Her PhD work at the University of British Columbia–Vancouver leveraged the “awesome power of yeast genetics” to understand the molecular mechanisms of vesicle trafficking in the endomembrane system. From her first time as a teaching assistant for Cell Biology, it was clear that teaching was her passion. Since then, she has devoted her career to teaching students with modern pedagogy and is an advocate for inclusive teaching. With two young kids at home, she has been known to bring in a toy or two to illustrate scientific concepts!
Dr. Robin Young is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. She is an award-winning microscopist with a research background in plant an animal cell biology, focusing on the morphology and function of the endomembrane system. She has been teaching cell biology in some capacity since 2003 and has been curating precursor forms of this textbook since 2010. She’s an advocate of active classrooms, accessibility in higher education, and showcasing the differences in cellular function across the various Eukaryotic kingdoms. Her favorite organelle is the plant Golgi.
Heather Ng-Cornish is a graphic designer from St. John’s, Newfoundland, currently based in Victoria, British Columbia. She completed her BSc (Hons) with co-op distinction in environmental chemistry at the University of British Columbia in Kelowna, British Columbia. During her degree, Heather completed her honors thesis using analytical chemistry to study smoke taint in Okanagan wine grapes due to wildfires. Throughout her degree she gravitated toward visual representations of scientific processes to solidify her understanding. Now Heather uses her skills and education to aid scientists in communicating complex concepts to all audiences. Combining sciences and art is a dream come true! For more information, see heatherngcornish.com.