Assistant MASP Director
Assistant Director of STEM Education • PEAC Director
Miramontes Arts & Sciences Program

Dr. Kate Semsar received her PhD from North Carolina State University where she studied social and hormonal influences on coral reef fish behavior. She continued her training on the physiological bases of behavior studying genetic models of stress-related behavior during postdoctoral training at University of Pennsylvania.

In 2007, she moved to Boulder to become a fellow with the Science Education Initiative in the Integrative Physiology department. In this role, she studied how students learn physiology and worked with faculty to incorporate fundamental principles of learning in their courses. More recently, Dr. Semsar has been working on physiology assessment design with Jenny Knight in the MCDB department and she received a 2016 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in STEM Education.