Member Since: October 28, 2009

Country: United States



I’m a recovering molecular biologist that found a nice home at SparkFun. I spend my days with my border collie sidekick, Mr. Butters, dreaming up ways to make electronics education exciting, accessible, and affordable!


Director of Education

Spoken Languages

English, Science

Programming Languages

can locate a bathroom in (X)HTML, CSS


University of Colorado, Boulder - B.A., University of Florida - Ph.D.


A little of this and a lot of molecular biology…




Ross, H.H., Rahman, M., Levkoff, L.H., Millette, S., Martin-Carreras, T., Dunbar, E.M., Reynolds, B.A., Laywell, E.D. Ethynyldeoxyuridine (EdU) suppresses in vitro population expansion and in vivo tumor progression of human glioblastoma cells. J Neurooncol., 2011.

Levkoff, L.H., Ross, H.H., Laywell, E.D. Halogenated pyrimidines in the treatment of cancer: Radiosensitization and beyond. Current Cancer Therapy Reviews, (in prep).

Ross, H.H., Levkoff, L.H., Marshall, GP 2nd, Caldeira, M., Steindler, D.A., Reynolds, B.A., Laywell, E.D. Bromodeoxyuridine induces senescence in neural stem and progenitor cells. Stem Cells, 2008.

Levkoff, L.H., Marshall, GP 2nd, Ross, H.H., Caldeira, M., Reynolds, B.A., Cakiroglu, M., Mariani, C.L., Streit, W.J., Laywell, E.D. Bromodeoxyuridine inhibits cancer cell proliferation in vitro and in vivo. Neoplasia, 2008.

Walton, N.M., Sutter, B.M., Laywell, E.D., Levkoff, L.H., Kearns, S.M., Marshall, GP 2nd, Scheffler, B., Steindler, D.A. Microglia instruct subventricular zone neurogenesis. Glia, 2006.

Milligan, E.D., Sloane, E.M., Langer, S.J., Hughes, T.S., Jekich, B.M., Frank, M.G., Mahoney, J.H., Levkoff, L.H., Maier, S.F., Cruz, P.E., Flotte, T.R., Johnson, K.W., Mahoney, M.M., Chavez, R.A., Leinwand, L.A., Watkins, L.R. Repeated intrathecal injections of plasmid DNA encoding interleukin-10 produce prolonged reversal of neuropathic pain. Pain, 2006.

Bilbo, S.D., Levkoff, L.H., Mahoney, J.H., Watkins, L.R., Rudy, J.W., Maier, S.F. Neonatal infection induces memory impairments following an immune challenge in adulthood. Behav Neurosci, 2005.

GoldieBlox vs. Beastie Boys

This is an excerpt from a post by SparkFun Director of Education Lindsay Levkoff. To read the full article, head to SparkFun’s education page. GoldieBlox vs. Beastie Boys GoldieBlox should be a total win for someone like me. I am a 32 year-old female with a doctorate in a scientific field. I…

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NeverNude Prototype

Today, I would like to introduce you to my latest creation - the NeverNude prototype in honor of the new season of Arrested Development that will be released on Netflix on May 26th. If you’re not familiar with the show, I hope this ridiculous project piques your interest enough to watch this…

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Highlights from Lindsay's Trip to the Lonestar State

Since the formation of the Department of Education in 2011 we have been traveling throughout the country hosting workshops and events designed to inspire students of all ages. It was a nice change of pace to sit back as part of the audience and enjoy the inspiration and excitement of listening to…

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EYEO Wrap-up

It would be incredibly difficult to summarize the EYEO Festival without diminishing the impact of this event. From the perspective of the organizers, "It’s an exciting time to be interested in art, interaction, and information. The way we experience all three is changing.  The way…

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Squishy Circuits

Around here we’re very interested in finding new ways to make electronics more approachable. While we think it is very important to have the opportunity to play with the tools of the trade, placing a scalding hot soldering iron into a child’s hand can be a bit reckless and we don’t…

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  • | about 2 months ago

    I couldn’t agree more. I think the goal is to get young women (and, really, all children) to explore all different areas so they have more data from which to choose a career or lifelong passion. My personal goal isn’t even to ensure that the statistics of women in these fields improve (though that would be nice), it’s to make sure that young women aren’t intimidated by anything. For me, it’s about confidence and a lot of what we see with young women playing with electronics and other scientific explorations is that it builds confidence. The same could easily be said for art, music, dance, culinary arts and trade skills. In the 21st century though we feel compelled to do what we can to give the youth the knowledge and skills to fix the balance between being consumers and producers. I like to imagine the possibilities of children growing up with programming and hardware skills and then taking them into the arts, medicine and other non-engineering specific fields. The number of engineering degrees is not the metric I’m looking for with any of this. I’m hopeful for building skill sets and confidence to go after whatever excites and inspires them.

  • | about 2 months ago

    I recall reading your article when I first sat down to write my thoughts on GoldieBlox. You’re spot on! In the end, it’s just brilliant marketing and not much beyond that. Hopefully better options will come along!

  • | about 2 months ago

    It is great to hear that you’ve been happy with the products from SparkFun. We’re just one small piece of the puzzle but we are hopeful that every little bit counts when it comes to getting kids (and adults) excited about science and technology and providing the tools and materials to allow people to build and hack. Send pictures of that light-up Domo! :)

  • | about 2 months ago

    Thank you for the correction! I revised the blog accordingly!

  • | about 2 months ago

    You’re right - I did add a comment earlier (see below) that gets to that point a bit more. Overall, I just didn’t feel like that toy added anything to the landscape for learning about engineering. Neither the stories nor the activities were particularly engaging. It didn’t live up to the hype and I do take issue with some of the gender ideals in the marketing. I don’t think pink or purple are the issue - I have no issue with young girls having an affinity for pinks and purples. It’s also weird that they talk about taking over the aisles of pinks and purples yet the branding has plenty of that and even incorporates beauty pageants. There’s some conflict there. I think this was really a marketing project rather than a truly thought out toy/kit for engaging young girls. The LEGO Friends series has some of the same flaws. I would never have wanted the Friends series (though I do understand that many young girls do) and preferred the good ol' fashioned primary color cubes. I loved that the blocks were a raw material for the imagination and am saddened by how much the toy industry has migrated toward specific kits with seemingly end-product single use.

  • | about 2 months ago

    I’m actually glad to hear that your girls enjoyed interacting with GoldieBlox! Admittedly, my interactions with GoldieBlox are as an adult and only with the first kit they they released. I did not find the learning experience to be particularly great and my background is actually in molecular biology, so I have plenty to learn in terms of engineering principles. I thought the kit/toy missed the mark - the stories and hands-on experiences did not particularly enhance my understanding or interest in engineering. That being said, I’m an n of 1. It did, however, get me thinking about the bigger issue at hand and how to tackle it. I absolutely love the idea of exposing more children (especially young women) to science and engineering and I don’t think there will be a silver bullet for reaching large swaths of the population. We need options. I am hopeful that GoldieBlox is just the beginning of a growing trend and that future iterations will improve upon it.

  • News - 2014 SparkFun Class Listi… | about 3 months ago

    The live streams of certain workshops will be available at no cost to anyone who can be awake during those hours! The materials are listed on the class page as well should anyone want to preorder the supplies to work along during the live stream.

  • News - NeverNude Prototype | about 4 months ago

    Unfortunately, no, you have to leave the panels in squares. However, you can be creative with fabric cut to the shape you’re looking for and adhering that to the squares to get the desired effect.

  • News - Limited Edition Christmas… | about 5 months ago

    Required link for Nerds! exclamation

  • News - Nat'l Teacher Appreciatio… | last year

    Sarcasm aside, the abbreviated form of national is widely used throughout the United States and is explained just below the picture in this blog post. While we actually are sensitive to the fact that English is not necessarily the first language for our community, we do anticipate that any confusing language, humor, or cultural references will probably be researched by one’s preferred Internet search engine. In this particular case we did not feel that using the abbreviated form of national detracted from the overall message which is to show our support for educators.

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Squishy Circuits
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150 559.5
1 1250
32 513.4
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