Heidi Anderson, a biology teacher at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School (Fayette County), co-authored the cover story in the September edition of The Science Teacher, a national journal. The article, “Lights and Larvae,” describes using optogenetics to teach recombinant DNA and neurobiology.

“This is truly a wonderful accomplishment and speaks highly to the quality educators we have here,” said David Helm, the learning/innovation specialist who oversees high school science content for Fayette County Public Schools.

Anderson’s co-authors were Josh Titlow, a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom; and Robin Cooper, an associate professor at the University of Kentucky.

Anderson earned a bachelor’s degree in biology at Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro and a master’s degree in entomology and a master’s in education at UK. She is in her 15th year teaching at Dunbar and 13th in the school’s Math, Science & Technology Center.