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Marty Shankland, Ph.D.


Section of Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology

UT Austin

I never enter a classroom without remembering my own college experiences, and those memories inspire me to reach out in any way I can to establish trust and communication with my students. Teaching them what I know is an essential but nonetheless minimal first step. The real trick is helping them discover their own potential: the confidence to tackle a thorny problem; the liberation of seeing "I don't know" as a starting point rather than an end.