Heidi Elmendorf

Professor Heidi Elmendorf has been at Georgetown University since 1999 as a faculty member in the Department of Biology, and she now serves as Senior Advisor to President DeGioia for Equity in Education.

Heidi Elmendorf

Prof. Elmendorf has spent her research career in the field of global health, studying parasitic diseases that primarily affect some of the world’s most underprivileged peoples. Her laboratory conducts research on the intestinal parasite Giardia. Over the past two decades, she has taught a wide range of courses in Biology to both majors and non-majors and has won numerous teaching honors for her work.


Prof. Elmendorf has long been committed to increasing opportunities in the sciences for a greater diversity of students. In 2002 she founded, and has since directed, a STEM partnership with D.C. Public Schools. Since 2010 she has coordinated and taught in the science week of the Summer College Immersion Program, a partnership with Cristo Rey and KIPP schools. And she founded and now serves as Director of both the Regents STEM Scholars Program and The Hub for Equity and Innovation in Higher Education.