My teaching experience began when I found myself director of a biotechnology training program at Seattle Central Community College in the early 90's. Since there wasn't any curriculum available, I wrote all the biotechnology lab manuals and taught courses in genetics, immunology, media and solution preparation, biotech lab courses, and microbiology. Today, I have my own company, Digital World Biology. We produce free tutorials on using bioinformatics, offer professional development for teachers in bioinformatics, and develop instructional materials. I also teach an on-line course in bioinformatics for Austen Community College in Texas and another bioinformatics course at Shoreline Community College in Washington State. I write about science and teaching at ScienceBlogs. My blog is Discovering Biology in a Digital World.
I am a firm believer in active learning. Learning works best when students' brains are involved and their brains get involved when they are required to do interesting things and think about what they've done.
I have received curriculum development grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. I was a regional director for Bio-Link, a National Advanced Technology Center for Biotechnology.
I have a Ph.D. in Microbiology. Most of my work in the past ten years has been in molecular biology, genomics, and bioinformatics.
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