I have spent my most of my life in academia, having achieved a Ph.D. in Biology. I have taught at the university level for several years, run labs and mentored undergraduate and graduate students, and given a variety of lectures to the general public on scientific concepts. I am presently teaching middle school and high school science, as well as serving as an adjunct professor at a community college. I've written several scientific publications, co-authored several grants, reviewed for journ... [more]
I have two decades of experience in biology education, having taught at both the university and community college level since 1999. I have also had the opportunity to teach at the high school and middle school level. I was a licensed teacher in the state of Oregon where I worked in curriculum development for a charter school, creating several new biology courses, including an advanced, dual college-enrollment course. I have a broad understanding of biology having done both field and lab academic research, molecular genetics in the biotech industry, medical consulting, and analytical testing. I keep current with advances in biology and I bring my passion in the topic to all of my tutoring sessions. I understand how to break concepts down and make the material approachable and accessible to all students.
I've successfully completed a B.A., a Ph.D., and I am presently both an adjunct college professor and a middle/high school science teacher. I think that my background is evidence of my ability to organize and develop my own study skills. Moreover, I've taught at the university level and worked with students one-on-one on their study skills, particularly in office hours. I understand different learning modalities and approaches to studying depending on the student's strengths.
I took a graduate level biostatistics class as an undergraduate at UC Santa Cruz taught, T.A.'d for my advisor in grad school for his biostats class, and took advanced stats courses at the University of Texas Summer Statistics Institute. My most recent publication (Goldman and Travisano, 2011) demonstrates my mastery of some advanced statistical principles applied to data analysis.
I have taken an extensive number of genetics courses in getting my B.A. and Ph.D in Biology including Genetics, Population Genetics, Molecular Genetics, as well as a number of graduate level seminars. I was tested extensively on genetics during my Ph.D. advancement to candidacy exam. I also have two publications that lean heavily on genetics theory and application (in addition to my Ph.D. dissertation, which covers population genetics in bacteria).
My Ph.D. dissertation focused on the topics of bacterial adaptations to extreme environmental stress and resource competition within microbial communities. While in graduate school I taught both Introductory and Pre-Nursing Microbiology at the University of Houston. My graduate work was funded via a competitive NASA Astrobiology Fellowship, as well as the National Science Foundation. Additionally, through the Environmental Institute of Houston, I conducted research on naturally occurring soil viruses. While in graduate school I attended the prestigious Microbial Diversity Course at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA. I completed two post-doctoral research positions at the University of Texas and the University of Minnesota. At the University of Texas I continued my research on microbial ecology, while at the University of Minnesota I pursued a project on bacterial viruses. Prior to graduate school I worked for a biotechnology company developing cancer drugs from soil bacteria. I have published microbiology papers in several journals, served as a microbiology reviewer for the National Science Foundation, and reviewed microbiology articles for journals. My professional experience in microbiology extends over a decade and I continue to stay current with the literature. More recently I have been teaching microbiology at a community college, both on campus and online. This gives me first hand insight into what instructors are looking for in terms of student outcomes and this experience really helps my students.