Exploring Genetics Through Genetic Disorders was produced by the Genetic Science Learning Center (GSLC) in collaboration with a team of advisors and teachers from Utah and across the country. The unit went through several rounds of development, revisions, and refinements, which were informed by teacher feedback and student assessment measures.

This work was supported by a Science Education Partnership Award, from the National Institutes of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health; Grant No. 1R25GM021903.


*We would like to extend a special thank you to these teachers, who invited GSLC staff into their classrooms to observe lesson and unit enactment.

The following teachers participated in alpha-testing of various lessons between 2013 and 2015:

Secret Belanger*
Century High School
Hillsboro, OR

Mark Meredith
Itineris Early College High School
West Jordan, UT

April Thompson*
Lakeview Academy
Saratoga Springs, UT

The following teachers participated in a pilot test of the lessons during the 2018-2019 school year:

Mark Meredith
Russellville High School
Dardanelle, AR

Rebecca Michener*
East High School
Salt Lake City, UT

Elizabeth Moretz*
Salt Lake Center for Science Education
Salt Lake City, UT

EGTGD Teacher Advisory Board

Rebekah Jones
Uintah High School
Vernal, UT

Rebekah Masters
Vineland High School North
Vineland, NJ

Elizabeth Moretz
Salt Lake Center for Science Education
Salt Lake City, UT

Nicole Veltre-Luton
Digital Harbor High School
Baltimore, MD

GSLC Staff

The GSLC team brings together diverse expertise in curriculum and assessment development, instructional design, science education, science writing, creative multimedia production, visual design, animation, computer programming, music composition, videography, web development, and life science and education research. The following team members contributed to the project.

Pete Anderson
Kagan Breitenbach
Jonathan Conger
Khadeidre Dean
Dina Drits-Esser
Kristin Fenker
Sheila Homburger
Liz Ivey
Drew Johnson

Max Kelly
Molly Malone
Ryan Perkins
Julia Peterson
Kevin Pompei
Steve Reest
Louisa Stark
Sai Upadhyayula

Special Acknowledgements

We thank the following groups for permitting us to share images and videos on our genetic disorder webpages:

Boston Children's Hospital

Cooley's Anemia Foundation

Hemophilia Federation of America

Positive Exposure

The Alpha-1 Foundation

The Marfan Foundation

Other Contributors

Additional Video Cast and Crew

The Dominant Recessive Problem

  • Kelsie Pugh (host)
  • Brent Rowland (cinematographer)


Charla Cochran

  • Transcribe and Translate a Gene
  • How a Firefly's Tail Makes Light

Kendra Hoffman

  • What are Traits?
  • What are DNA and Genes?
  • What Causes a Trait?
  • What is Mutation?
  • What is Inheritance?
  • Allele Shuffling
  • What are Proteins?