Lisa K. Marriott, PhD




BA (1999) University of Virginia, Neuroscience
PhD (2004) University of Arizona, Neuroscience

Primary Mission in the Department

• Provide student mentoring and field research opportunities in public health and science education research
• Engage the public in learning about their health through interactive participation in research


Specific Activities

• Promote public health throughout Oregon using an interactive education and research exhibit (Let’s Get Healthy!) that enables the public to learn about their health while participating in research
• Provide curriculum development workshops and training opportunities for K-12 teachers to support Let’s Get Healthy! implementation in schools
• Support student, researcher and community projects using Let’s Get Healthy! data for internship and thesis opportunities
• Support volunteer training and mentorship opportunities in human subject research
• Generate grants to support research in science education and health (classroom usage of data, neuroscience, diet, sleep, cardiovascular function, epigenetics, etc)
• Develop interactive exhibits, educational displays and data collection modules for use in schools and communities (e.g. epigenetics, nutrition, body composition, etc)


Experience and Interests

Dr. Marriott’s primary focus is the translation of cutting edge research for the K-12 classroom.  Her research interests focus on methods for combining science education and human subject research in ways that are accessible and fun for student populations while collecting valuable data that can be used by research scientists and schools alike.  She places a strong focus on evaluation and works toward supporting the use of data by schools and communities for grant applications, student projects and policy decisions.  She is Associate Director of Let’s Get Healthy! with post-doctoral training experience at the neuroscience research bench and in science education.

Recent Publications

  • Marriott, L.K., Cameron, W.E., Purnell, J.Q, Cetola, S, Ito, M.K., Williams, C.D., Newcomb, K.C., Randall, J.A., Messenger, W.B., Lipus, A.C. and J. Shannon (2012).  Let’s Get Healthy!:  Health awareness through public participation in an education and research exhibit.  Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action, Fall; 6(3):331-7. PMID: 22982846
  • Marriott LK, Nelson D. A., Allen S., Calhoun K., Eldredge C. E., Kimminau K. S., Lucero R. J., Pineda-Reyes F., Rumala B. B., Varanasi A. P., Wasser J. S., Shannon J. Using health information technology to engage communities in health, education, and research.  Sci. Transl. Med. 4, 119mr1 (2012). PMID: 22301550
  • Marriott, L.K. (2009). Science Education Policy for the “Young” at Heart. In A. Johnston & J. Settlage (Eds.), Proceedings of the Science Education at the Crossroads Conference (pp. 50-51). Portland, OR: National Science Foundation [Available online at]
  • Marriott, L.K., McGann-Gramling, K.R., Hauss-Wegrzyniak, B., Sheldahl, L.C., Dorsa, D. and G.L. Wenk (2007).  Brain infusion of lipopolysaccharide increases uterine growth as a function of estrogen replacement regimen:  Suppression of uterine estrogen receptor-alpha by constant, but not pulsed, estrogen replacement.  Endocrinology, 148(1), 232-240
  • Marriott, L.K., McGann-Gramling, K.R., Hauss-Wegrzyniak, B. Sheldahl, L.C., Dorsa, D. and G.L. Wenk (2007).  Estrogen replacement regimen and inflammatory stressors in the brain differentially alter steroid receptor expression in the uterus and hypothalamus. Endocrine, 32(3):317-28.