Renee Lizcano, Ph.D., is a Research Associate at the Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy. She earned her undergraduate degree in Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and her Ph.D. in Developmental and Psychological Sciences at Stanford University's Graduate School of Education. Lizcano has worked as a lecturer teaching cognitive development and as an Associate Professor teaching elementary math methods and culturally responsive pedagogy. She has extensive experience in project management, data collection, and data analysis. Lizcano's research interests center on STEM teacher preparation and professional development and supporting early learning in STEM, particularly for students and families from underprivileged backgrounds.