Georgia Science Education Initiative (GSEI) works to provide meaningful health and data science education in the classroom and in the community.
Meet the Team
We have over 30 years of combined experience in STEM education and outreach.
Director of Science Education
Adam Marcus, PhD
Adam is a Professor in the Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology at the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University. His laboratory studies how cancers metastasize with the goal of developing treatments that target cancer metastasis. His research has been funded by the National Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society, the Winship Cancer Institute, private foundations, and philanthropy. Dr. Marcus is a Georgia Cancer Coalition Scholar and has received awards for his research and teaching. In 2012, he co-founded a K-12 STEM outreach program, with the goals of using STEM initiatives in classrooms to stimulate critical thinking. This program visited over 35 Georgia schools and 3,500 students. He is a TEDx speaker, & writes in a science education blog on topics including cancer, science technology, and healthcare. Follow him on Twitter.
Director of Health Outcomes
Theresa Gillespie, PhD
Dr. Gillespie has extensive experience in clinical oncology, clinical trials, and cancer research. Her research has focused on disparities experienced by urban underserved, rural, minority, and under-represented populations across the continuum of care. Currently, she is Professor, Department of Surgery and Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine and Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Nursing. She has served in leadership roles in the Winship Cancer Institute for the past two decades, including Director of Clinical Research and Deputy Director, and as Co-Director of the Winship Cancer Institute’s Health Disparities Initiative. She previously was Director of Health Services Research at the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center. As Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator on numerous grants, Dr. Gillespie has been funded by the NCI and other NIH institutes; CDC; DOD; Veterans Affairs; American Cancer Society, Avon, and Movember Foundation. Her funded studies have focused on decision-making by patients, the public and clinicians; risk communication; quality and outcomes in healthcare; and educational interventions to improve risk comprehension, guideline concordant care, and outcomes.
Associate Director of Programs
Jackie coordinates all education programs for Georgia Science Education Initiative. She received her BS in Environmental Science from North Carolina State University and her MS in Earth and Atmospheric Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She previously worked as an education program coordinator for Gwinnett County and has over 7 years of experience creating and managing K-12 outreach programs. She has also worked as an instructor at both Georgia Tech and Georgia State University.