Lisa M. Hilliard, M.S.

Scholarship / Engagement Interests

  • Incorporation of active learning concepts in application centric courses
  • Inquiry based instruction focused on fostering knowledge retention, manipulation and transfer
  • Connection of gross and cellular structure and function to clinical presentation in both health and disease
    • Construction of functional models that illustrate and reinforce the above connection
  • Inclusive investigation through incorporation of assistive technology
  • Engaging science outreach programs for youth


Lisa Hilliard is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of the Medical Laboratory Sciences Program in the School of Health Sciences at Purdue University. She received her B.S. in Biology from Purdue University.  In 2002, she became the embalming laboratory manager and a member of the anatomy instructional team in Basic Medical Sciences at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue.  In 2013, she received her M.S. in Animal Sciences with an Anatomy focus.  As a result of her innovative, inquiry driven approach to the instruction of musculoskeletal structure, function and innervation, Lisa was asked to participate in a Howard Hughes Medical Institute funded outreach initiative, “We’re All Animals”.  In 2007, Lisa became a featured scientist on this program designed to engage youth in the diverse and exciting world of science and scientific careers.  Lisa remained an active participant throughout its four year run.  In 2011, Lisa desired to continue this path of innovative instruction and inclusion by becoming the project manager for the NIH Director’s Pathfinder award recipient, the Institute for Accessible Science (IAS).  Based out of the Center for Paralysis Research and Basic Medical Sciences, its mission was to accelerate institutional change with respect to inclusion of persons with disabilities in biomedical science careers through assistive technology development, student and educator support services and research.  At the termination of this project, Lisa joined the School of Health Sciences in 2013.  Her application focused background and commitment to student engagement, learning and success is evident when observing one of her clinically driven lectures or class activities and assessments.  In fact, this is what makes her position as a Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Medical Laboratory Sciences with the School of Health Sciences such an ideal fit. 

Scholarship / Engagement

Peer-Reviewed Conference Papers:

  • Duerstock, B.S. and Hilliard, L. “Practical Considerations for the Accommodation of Persons with Low Vision in Veterinary Medicine”, In: RESNA; 2017.
  • Hilliard, L., Dunston, P., McGlothlin, J., & Duerstock, B. S. (2013). Designing Beyond the ADA-Creating an Accessible Research Laboratory for Students and Scientists with Physical Disabilities. In: RESNA, Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America; 2013. 
  • Duerstock, B. S., Hilliard, L., Dunstun, P., Takahashi, G., Mankey, C., & McGlothlin, J. (2014). 3D Simulation of an Accessible Biomedical Lab. In: 28th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference Scientific/Research Proceedings. San Diego;   2013. p. 220–231.
  • Williams, G. J., Duerstock, B. S., Mendrysa, S. M., Hilliard, L. M., Burgess, W., & Parker, L. C. (2013, April). Bridging the Gap between Books and Bench for Students with Disabilities. In Abstracts of papers of the American Chemical Society (Vol. 245). 1155 16th St, NW, Washington, DC 20036 USA: Amer Chemical Soc.

Textbooks/Book Chapters on Pedagogy:

  • Duerstock, B. S., Hillard, L., & McDonagh, D. (2014). Technologies to facilitate the active participation and independence of persons with disabilities in STEM from college to careers. From College to Careers: Fostering Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in STEM, 5-30.

Invited Presentations:

  • Hillard, Lisa., 3D Simulation of an Accessible Biomedical Lab, 28th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference, CSUN (California State University, Northridge), San Diego, CA., 2013 


  • Duerstock, B.S.* and Hilliard, L.: “Practical Considerations for the Accommodation of Persons with Low Vision in Veterinary Medicine”, RESNA 2017 Conference, New Orleans, LA, June 28-30, 2017.
  • Duerstock, B.S., Burgess, W.*, Hilliard, L.: “Overcoming Barriers to Practice-Based STEM Disciplines for Students with Disabilities”, Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Crossing Boundaries: Transforming STEM Education, Seattle, WA, Nov. 12-14, 2015.
Lisa Hilliard
Clinical Assistant Professor
Director Medical Laboratory Science Program
School of Health Sciences
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West Lafayette, IN 47907-2951
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