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I am a Kansas native currently living in Denver, CO. I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Kansas in microbiology, where I was first exposed to research in a genetics laboratory. There I gained experience using molecular biology techniques in the lab to study muscle development in fruit flies. I was impassioned by the pursuit of knowledge and decided to continue my education at the University of Colorado Medical Center, where I would go on to complete my PhD also in microbiology. My graduate work was focused on exploring the relationship between viruses and our immune system.

Currently I work full time as a research scientist at the University of Colorado. I am passionate about the scientific method and the processes we have used to generate knowledge and information throughout history. I believe we can apply these same methods and processes to education in the classroom, and help students develop a mindset and skill set to be a successful learner in the present and future.

While I'm not in the lab or tutoring, I enjoy going to see live music around the city and hanging out with my beagle. I also love getting outdoors to go for a hike, go camping, rock climbing, or skiing.

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Sam’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Kansas - Bachelors, Microbiology

Graduate Degree: University of Colorado Denver - PHD, Microbiology


Live music, hanging out with my dog, Netflix, hiking, climbing, camping

Tutoring Subjects


MCAT Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems


Cell Biology

College Biology

Graduate Test Prep

High School Biology





Molecular Biology

Molecular Genetics



Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Rather than teaching students facts, I want to teach students how to learn and how to ask questions.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

We will establish your level of understanding of the subject, what concepts you have difficulty with, go over a plan of how to improve your understanding of those concepts, and take first steps towards that goal.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Help them learn to identify key concepts, and important details.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Help them understand the practical applications of what they're learning.

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