Aidan Holmes (she/her) is a Lead Biotechnology Instructor at the BTC Institute. She is responsible for teaching laboratory content in both virtual and in-person environments in support of the BTC Institute’s Biotechnology Field Trips program. Aidan provides lab support for BTC Institute scientific courses as well as the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Master’s in Biotechnology “Molecular Technologies” courses. She instruct or co-instructs various programs at the BTC Institute including the African American Ethnic Academy (AAEA) / BTC Institute’s summer space science program “A Celebration of Life,” Camp Biotech I: The Wonders of DNA and the Dane County School Consortium (DCSC) / BTC Institute’s courses “Biotechnology in the World of Medicine” and the Youth Apprenticeship Program – Biotechnology.
Aidan received her B.S. in Genetics and a certificate in Education and Educational Services from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2016 and is an alumna of the Center for Educational Opportunity program. In university, Aidan served as a peer mentor for incoming STEM undergraduates, taught after-school science clubs, and led field trips at the biotechnology center. After graduating, Aidan joined the United States Peace Corps and served two years in Namibia, Africa as an upper primary school science teacher before joining the BTC Institute team. In 2019 she became a National Geographic Certified Educator and after three years on staff was promoted from Biotechnology Instructor to Lead Biotechnology Instructor.
Aidan is a 2012 alumna of the DCSC Youth Apprenticeship Program in Biotechnology and worked as a student researcher in a lab focused on protein production and purification for over three years.
Aidan is a member of the Wisconsin Society for Science Teachers (WSST) and the National Science Teacher Association (NSTA).