I am a graduate of the University of Adelaide in South Australia. I received my Ph.D. and Bachelors of Science (Honors) in the field of Microbiology. I have extensive teaching experience being an Adjunct Professor at the City College of Chicago, Stratford University, and Marymount University teaching the Microbiology, General Biology, and General Science courses. I have taught many minority, multicultural, and mature age students studying to enter pre-nursing, medical assistant, and pharmacology courses. I have also been a Volunteer Lecturer at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine. I have attended numerous Grand Rounds and Case Studies presented by Physicians at the Department of Infectious Diseases at UIC and the NIH. I want to provide students with the opportunity to utilize my knowledge and experience in microbiology and the biological sciences. I tutor the subjects of Microbiology, Genetics, and General Biology. My favorite subject to tutor is Microbiology as I have 25 years experience as a research scientist studying the genetics and molecular mechanisms of microbial pathogens at Medical Research Institutions and Universities around the world. I have lived in three countries, have numerous friends from different cultures, and have traveled extensively throughout Europe and Scandinavia.
I believe in providing students with a comfortable environment where they have the confidence to ask questions and not be afraid to display their ignorance. This is especially true if they believe the question is too trivial. I demonstrate my own enthusiasm for the subject and explain why I feel it should be so interesting and important to everyone in society. I do this by regaling personal experiences in the field, real-life current situations involving biologically, topical events, and stories I know of scientific researchers who made various discoveries. I also make the subject more human by openly discussing the nuances of newsworthy topical events and real-life situations. I describe how topics in the course apply to their own lives, bodies, and health. As often as possible I use real life and news worthy events to explain the science behind the social discussion. This includes stories related to scientific research, specific infectious diseases, and patient case studies. Putting flesh onto the bones of the course material provides a student with something that is concrete and familiar to them. I am a strong believer in the use of videos, photos, websites, and 3D models to provide texture to some of the more difficult concepts of the course.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: The University of Adelaide - Bachelors, Microbiology
Graduate Degree: The University of Adelaide - Doctor of Philosophy, Microbiology
My hobbies and outside interests include all sports, running and exercise. I played Australian Rules Football and Cricket competitively for the University as a student and played soccer in the organized valley leagues in Montana. In my spare time I enjoy