Department of Physiology and Pharmacology
Assistant Professor

Physiology and Pharmacology

  • Discipline-Based Education Researcher
  • Science Faculty with Education Specialties
  • Trained in Reproductive Neuroendocrinology
  • First-generation college going


Research Interests

The CORPUS Education Lab stands for “Collaborative Opportunities for Research in Physiology and Under / Graduate Science,” conducting Discipline-Based Education Research. We will work across the academic pathway and are open to exploring all levels of schooling (formal and informal, curricular and extra-curricular) to meet community needs, support our whole selves, and fulfill on under / graduate student interests and motivations.

See my Lab Website

Educational Background

  • Postdoctoral Fellow | Science Education Partnership and Assessment Laboratory (SEPAL) | San Francisco State University
  • Postdoctoral Fellow | Hayes Lab | University of California, Berkeley
  • PhD in Integrative Biology | University of California, Berkeley
  • B.A. in Italian Studies and Integrative Biology | University of California, Berkeley


  • Revolutionary Mentoring Award Subcommittee, AERA Critical Educators for Social Justice Special Interest Group
  • Scientist Spotlights Initiative
  • Graduate Opportunities to Learn Data Science

Teaching Experience

  • Hormones and Behavior (coming soon!)
  • Science Teaching for Scientists
  • Exploratory Data Science for Scientists
  • Learners Engaged in Advocating for Diversity in Science (LEADS)
  • Public Engagement in Science

Selected Publications

  • Recent publications may be found on Google Scholar
  • Ovid, D., Rice, M. M., Luna, J. V., Tabayoyong, K., Lajevardi, P., & Tanner, K. D. (2021). Investigating student perceptions of Instructor Talk: Alignment with researchers’ categorizations and analysis of remembered language. CBE—Life Sciences Education, 20(4), ar61. <>
  • Ovid, D., & Leonardo, Z. (2022). She Blinded Me with Science: Post-Curriculum and the New Scientific Education. Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, 37(2), 1-17. <>
  • Ovid, D., & Phaka, F. M. (2022). Idwi, Xenopus laevis, and African clawed frog: teaching counternarratives of invasive species in postcolonial ecology. The Journal of Environmental Education, 53(2), 69-86.
  • Gelinas, K. A., Ovid, D., Amaya-Mejia, W., Ayala, R., Baek, H. E., Gasmin, E., … & Tanner, K. D. (2022). Investigating Instructor Talk among Graduate Teaching Assistants in Undergraduate Biology Laboratory Classrooms. CBE—Life Sciences Education, 21(2), ar31.
  • Phaka, F. M., & Ovid, D. (2022). Life sciences reading material in vernacular: lessons from developing a bilingual (IsiZulu and English) book on South African frogs. Current Issues in Language Planning23(1), 96-111.
  • Ovid, D., Hayes, T. B., & Bentley, G. E. (2018). Melatonin administration methods for research in mammals and birds. Journal of Biological Rhythms33(6), 567-588.
  • viviD, D., & Bentley, G. E. (2018). Seasonal reproduction in vertebrates: Melatonin synthesis, binding, and functionality using Tinbergen’s four questions. Molecules23(3), 652.

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