ESP Biography



JACQUELINE LUDWIG, PhD Canididate in Biology at Tufts University




Major: Biology

College/Employer: Tufts University

Year of Graduation: G

Picture of Jacqueline Ludwig

Brief Biographical Sketch:

I'm Jacquie (she/her pronouns), and I study how caterpillars develop new muscles when they're going through metamorphosis to become a moth! I'm currently in my 5th year of my PhD at Tufts University, and I also work with the Academic Resource Center at Tufts to create workshops on studying and science.



Past Classes

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S14494: The Microbiome: How much of your body is you? in Spark 2021 (Mar. 13 - 27, 2021)
Bacteria live everywhere--not only in dirt and on doorknobs, but in your body, too! Come join us to learn the basics of how and why bacteria live with us and to review some newer research on how they might affect everything from what you eat to how you smell!


X11629: Overcoming bias in Splash 2017 (Nov. 18 - 19, 2017)
From Google to Charlottesville, bias shapes our national conversations. But is it only a problem of executives and fringe elements? Is it a problem at all? This class will focus on identifying our own biases and thinking critically about where they come from, how to fix them, and if we should.


S11630: Why do we still have cancer?: an intro to genetics in Splash 2017 (Nov. 18 - 19, 2017)
The human genome has been fully sequenced, we’ve all but eradicated polio, a healthy human baby has been born from three parents, and 3D printed organs have already been implanted into patients. Why, then, does cancer still plague so many people, despite the thousands of researchers working to cure it? This crash course in human genetics will explore how cancer develops, why curing it is such a difficult problem, and how new medical technologies are approaching it. Note: While high school biology is a prerequisite, you do not have to be "good" at biology or remember the details to take this class!


S9652: Insects: Beautiful, Deadly and Downright Weird in Splash 2015 (Nov. 21 - 22, 2015)
Moths that mimic hummingbirds, ants that explode glue from their faces, parasitic wasps that control their host's brains: insects account for about half of all described species, and a lot of them are bizarre! We'll learn what flowers look like to bees and why crickets don't explode their exoskeleton when they flex their muscles, along with many strange and cool defenses and how they work.


L9664: Chinese for Absolute Beginners in Splash 2015 (Nov. 21 - 22, 2015)
This three-hour crash course is intended to bring students with no background in Chinese language from tones and letter sounds all the way through common grammar structures and phrases. Of course, no one-day course will teach you a language, but this will give you a strong basis from which to learn more, or else enough conversational Chinese to annoy your monolingual friends!


S8560: Insects: Beautiful, Deadly and Downright Weird in Splash 2014 (Nov. 22 - 23, 2014)
Moths that mimic hummingbirds, ants that explode glue from their faces, parasitic wasps that control their host's brains: insects account for about half of all described species, and a lot of them are bizarre! We'll learn what flowers look like to bees and why crickets don't explode their exoskeleton when they flex their muscles, along with many strange and cool defenses and how they work.