Full-Time Biology Faculty

EPC, D Pod, (952) 995-1553

Education and Relevant Work History

  • MS in Biology (Texas Woman's University)
  • BS in Biology and Chemistry (Texas Woman's University)
  • Spent 10 years as a Molecular Biologist focused on human health--the genetics of pathogens (such as HIV, West Nile, HSV) and human genetic diseases (such as Factor V, MTHFR, Cystic Fibrosis). My most recent project was developing a test for oral pathogens that are linked to an increased risk of heart disease.

Courses Taught

  • General Biology I (*A Quality Matters Certified Course
  • Human Biology
  • Microbiology


Office Hours: Listed in syllabi
Teaching Philosophy
I prefer not to consider myself as a ‘teacher.’  I prefer to think of myself as a facilitator of learning. I also prefer to think of my ‘students’ as professionals. Most students work, have families and juggle many other obligations besides attending classes. Each one has a unique story. Many have had experiences and have overcome amazing challenges. I consider it a privilege to be able to meet people from such diverse backgrounds. They contribute to my learning and growth just as I aspire to share my knowledge and experiences with them.

Having grown up in various countries as a child I experienced various teachers, teaching methods and educational systems: Asian, French, British and American. So it’s no surprise that my teaching style has many flavors. One of my greatest priorities is to create a learning environment in which the students feel comfortable to approach me and safe to make mistakes. 

Although I try to provide a consistent structure to my class, I do try to address the variety of learning styles of students by using a variety of delivery methods: Power Point presentations, videos, virtual reality technology, group discussions, hands-on investigation and activities. My course is designed to foster good study skills, to encourage students to keep up with the material and take responsibility for their own learning. I frequently call upon students to answer questions. I do this, not to intimidate or embarrass them, but as an exercise for them to gain the experience and confidence in formulating their thoughts and clearly communicating ideas openly.

I also emphasize continued education and current issues. Science affects all of us in many aspects of our lives, from our personal health to the world around us. Having worked as a molecular biologist I am fascinated by the new discoveries and technologies in science. It is important to keep up with the new changes and not become obsolete in order to ensure a secure future.

  • Key Awards
  • Kudos Awards
  • Favorite Teacher Award
Jano, I, Hardcastle, J., Jano, L., Bates, K., McCreary, H. General Equation for Determining the Dissociation constants of Polyprotic Acids and Bases from Additive Properties. IV. Application to Potentiometric Titration. Analytica Chimica Acta. 2001; 428 (2): 309-321
  • volunteering at local food shelf and in youth camps during the summer

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