Claudia Ludwig is the Education Program Manager for the Baliga Lab. Her research focuses on instilling higher level thinking skills in students through systems biology research. To accomplish this, she establishes interdisciplinary teams of scientists, engineers, teachers and students to learn about current systems research. The team then translates that research into curriculum, activities, lab kits, and training experiences.
In 2004, Ludwig began working at ISB during the summers while teaching Biology and Chemistry at International School in Bellevue, WA during the academic year. Through active collaboration, this group published the program’s first two curriculum modules – Ecological Networks and Environmental Influence on Gene Networks. This program, coined Systems Education Experiences, quickly became a necessity for many teachers. In response, in 2007, Ludwig joined ISB formally to advance these vital efforts. Since that time, two new modules have been published – Observing Beyond our Senses: Inquiry Drives Technology and Ocean Acidification: A Systems Approach to a Global Problem. Currently, two new modules are in development. In addition to managing Systems Education Experiences and establishing interdisciplinary teams, Ludwig also creates and edits content on the widely used Systems Education Experiences website. She also leads curriculum dissemination efforts and trains students and teachers around the world through workshops, webinars, presentations, and direct correspondence.
Ludwig graduated from Loyola University of Chicago, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and a Master’s Degree in Education with additional emphases on chemistry, curriculum and instruction. She currently serves on University of Washington’s Biotech Advisory Board. Prior to teaching in Washington State, Ludwig taught in the Chicagoland area and worked as a social worker for people with developmental disabilities.