I received my BS in Biochemistry from the University of California, Davis and my PhD in Immunology and Molecular Pathogenesis from Emory University. After my PhD, I worked for 8 years in research into cytomegaloviruses at the University of California, San Diego and The Scripps Research Institute. While I enjoyed research immensely, I was more of a people person than many of the researchers around me I enjoyed interacting with people, explaining the science behind my research and answering questions more than I did the actual benchtop experiments. In 2007 I began teaching night classes at San Diego City College, where I fell in love with teaching. I immediately saw that teaching is not just explaining something (that is just talking!) - teaching is what happens when students have questions. Teaching is what happens when students don't follow your explanation and you have to answer the question using a different approach. I now am employed full time as an Associate Professor. My approach to teaching is to use techniques that involve a minimum of me giving long explanations and maximize students asking questions and performing activities that help them master the material at hand. I also firmly believe that it is my job to bring in real-world applications of concepts that will help the student to appreciate concepts from many different angles.
I currently teach undergraduate general cell biology, microbiology, animal and plant diversity, anatomy and physiology, as well as graduate level cell biology. What I do outside of academics: I have two young children, two microscopes in my kitchen (that get used a lot) and a closet full of camping gear that gets used quite a bit that gives you a pretty good picture of my interests!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Davis - Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry
Graduate Degree: Emory University - Doctor of Philosophy, Microbiology and Immunology
camping, reading, trains
MCAT Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills
Graduate Level Biology
High School Biology
High School English
High School Level American History
High School Writing
Study Skills and Organization
Technology and Coding