Jordan Moberg Parker, Ph.D.

Director of Undergraduate Laboratory Curriculum


2801A MSB


Director of Undergraduate Laboratory Curriculum and Assessment; Microbiology, Immunology, & Molecular Genetics

Assistant Adjunct Professor; Microbiology, Immunology, & Molecular Genetics

Instructional Consultant. Center for Education Innovation and Learning in the Sciences



Research Interests

Dr. Parker is active in the fields of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) and Discipline-Based Education Research (DBER). Dr. Parker was a 2014 ASM Biology Scholar, an NSF sponsored program to advance the scholarship of teaching and learning in biology, where she participated in a year-long Assessment Residency devoted to developing measurable student learning outcomes.  She is also a facilitator and mentor for the Biology Scholars DBER Program and has presented her work at national science education conferences. As a CEILS Instructional Consultant, Dr. Parker leads workshops, consults with faculty and teaching assistants interested in using the CREATE process to facilitate student competencies reading and analyzing scientific literature, and works with instructors to design assessments aligned to course or curricular outcomes.




Jordan Moberg Parker is the Director of the Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics (MIMG) upper-division, research-based laboratory curriculum. She teaches Research Immersion courses in Microbiology and Virology. Dr. Parker received her B.S. in Microbiology from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo in 2003.  She earned her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2012 for her work with Dr. Arnold J. Berk on viral model systems for gene delivery and transcriptional control.




Sanders, E.R., Moberg-Parker, J., Hirsch, A.M., Lee, P.Y., Shapiro, C., Toma, S., and Levis-Fitzgerald, M. 2016. “Transforming Laboratory Education in the Life Sciences: A Scalable Framework for Designing Authentic Undergraduate Research Experience-Based Courses Benefits Both Students and Faculty.” Microbe Magazine 11 (2): 69–74. doi:10.1128/microbe.11.69.1.


Shapiro*, C., Moberg-Parker, J.*, Toma, S., Ayon, C., Zimmerman, H., Roth-Johnson, E.A., Hancock, S.P., Levis-Fitzgerald, M., and Sanders, ER. 2015. “Comparing the Impact of Course-Based and Apprentice-Based Research Experiences in a Life Science Laboratory Curriculum.” Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education 16 (2): 186–97. doi:10.1128/jmbe.v16i2.1045.

*These authors contributed equally to the work as co-first authors.


Pope, W.H., Bowman, C.A., Russell, D.A., Jacobs-Sera, D., Asai, D.J., Cresawn, S.G., Jacobs, W.R., Hendrix, R.W., Lawrenc, J.G., Hatfull, G.F., SEA-PHAGES Consortium*, PHIRE Consortium. 2015. “Whole Genome Comparison of a Large Collection of Mycobacteriophages Reveals a Continuum of Phage Genetic Diversity.” eLife 4: e06416. doi:10.7554/eLife.06416.

*Consortium contributor; also included 46 UCLA undergraduate authors.


Beal, J., Wagner, T.E., Kitada, T., Azizgolshani, O., Parker, J.M., Densmore, D., and Weiss, R. (2015). Model-Driven Engineering of Gene Expression from RNA Replicons. ACS Synth. Biol. 4, 48–56. doi:10.1021/sb500173f.


Shapiro, C., Ayon, C., Moberg-Parker, J.*, Levis-Fitzgerald, M., and Sanders, E.R.*. 2013. “Strategies for Using Peer-Assisted Learning Effectively in an Undergraduate Bioinformatics Course.” Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education 41 (1): 24–33. doi:10.1002/bmb.20665.

*Note this article is part of series ( with author contributions (Figure 1) to series introduction written by C. Kerfeld.


Brodie, E.L., DeSantis, T.Z., Parker, J.P.M., Zubietta, I.X., Piceno, Y.M., and Andersen, G.L. (2007). Urban aerosols harbor diverse and dynamic bacterial populations. PNAS 104, 299–304. doi:10.1073/pnas.0608255104.


DeSantis, T.Z., Brodie, E.L., Moberg, J.P., Zubieta, I.X., Piceno, Y.M., and Andersen, G.L. (2007). High-Density Universal 16S rRNA Microarray Analysis Reveals Broader Diversity than Typical Clone Library When Sampling the Environment. Microb Ecol 53, 371–383. doi:10.1016/j.femsle.2005.03.016.


DeSantis, T.Z., Stone, C.E., Murray, S.R., Moberg, J.P., and Andersen, G.L. (2006). Rapid quantification and taxonomic classification of environmental DNA from both prokaryotic and eukaryotic origins using a microarray. FEMS Microbiology Letters 245, 271–278. doi:10.1007/s00248-006-9134-9


Conference Posters and Invited Presentations

Moberg Parker, J. “Microbiome Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences Benefit Students and Faculty.” The 21st International Lake Arrowhead Microbial Genomics Conference (LAMG). September 18-22, 2016 in Lake Arrowhead, California. Invited Special Lecture.


Moberg-Parker, J., Goodwin, E., Shapiro, C., Tabarez, L., Levis-Fitzgerald, M., and Sanders, E.R. “CREATE-ing Scientific Narratives to Improve Critical Thinking and Communication Skills.” 23nd Annual American Society for Microbiology Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE); July 21-24, 2016 in North Bethesda, Maryland.  Poster Presenter.


Moberg Parker, J. “Scientific Teaching – The Intersection of Research and Education.” ASM-Michigan Spring Meeting 2016: “Frontiers in Microbiology Education.” April 22-23, 2016 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Plenary Speaker.


Moberg Parker, J. “Scaffolding the CREATE Process to Prepare Students to Analyze and Present their Own Research Data.” 22nd Annual American Society for Microbiology Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE); May 28-31, 2015 in Austin, Texas.  Microbrew Session Presenter.


Moberg Parker, J., Pirino, G., Riabkova, N., and Sanders, E.R. “A Contemporary Extension of the ‘I, Microbiologist’ Project.” 20th Annual International Meeting on Microbial Genomics. September 14-18, 2014 in Lake Arrowhead, California. Poster Presenter.


Moberg-Parker, J, Pires, D., Shapiro, C., Levis-Fitzgerald, M., and Sanders, E.R. “Outcome-Based Method to Assess Student Learning over Different Timescales.” 21st Annual American Society for Microbiology Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE); May 15-18, 2014 in Danvers, Massachusetts.  Poster Presenter.


Levis-Fitzgerald, M., Sanders, E.R., Pires, D., and Moberg-Parker, J.  “Using Outcomes Data to Integrate Evolution and Other Threads Across the Curriculum.” Transforming STEM Education: Innovation, Inquiry, and Evidence Conference by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Network for Academic Renewal. October 31-November 2, 2013 in San Diego, California. Concurrent Session Presenter.


Sanders, E.R. and Moberg-Parker, J. “Transformative Undergraduate Research Experiences, a Catalyst That Changed Education in the Life Sciences at UCLA.” Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education: Chronicling the Change Meeting. August 28-30, 2013 in Washington, DC. Poster Presenter.


Sanders, E.R., Shapiro, C., Ayon, C., Ko, Moberg-Parker, J., Levis-Fitzgerald, M.Integrating Outcomes-Based Assessment into a Multi-disciplinary Research-Oriented Laboratory Curriculum.” 19th Annual American Society for Microbiology Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE); June 14-17, 2012 in San Mateo, California. Poster Co-Author