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Name:
Dina Kovarik
Job Title:
Program Chair,Biotechnology
Division:
Science

Spring office hrs: Office: Tu 1-3 PM & Th 2:30-3:30 & by appointment

Classes taught: BIOL 265, BIOL 266, BIOL 270, BIOL 274, BIOL 275, BIOL 276, BIOL 277, BIOL 280, BIOL 286, BIOL 290, BIOL 299

Employee Bio

Dr. Dina Kovarik has nearly twenty years of experience in molecular biology, and science education and outreach.  She was a Teaching Associate at Sonoma State University while completing her biology Masters thesis on peroxisomal genes in tobacco.  Her doctoral work included development of a pre-clinical HIV vaccine at the University of Washington. At the same time, she completed her Masters degree in Epidemiology, identifying tumor markers in HPV-related cancer.  Dina was a founding member of FOSEP, the Forum for Science, Ethics and Policy. She was the bioinformatics Program Manager at NWABR, a Curriculum Developer and Instructor at Digital World Biology, and a Project Manager for the Systems Education Experiences program at the Institute for Systems Biology.  She Chairs the Biotechnology Program at Shoreline, runs the PROJECT BIOTECH high school summer camps, and is the PI for an immuno-biotechnology grant funded by the National Science Foundation.

Education & Training

B.A., M.A., Sonoma State University
M.S., Ph.D., University of Washington

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Name:
Loretta Rafay
Job Title:
Office Of Instruction
Division:
Biology
Office:
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Spring office hrs: Mon, Wed 10:30AM-12:00PM, or by appointment

Classes taught: BIOL 124

Employee Bio

Loretta Rafay is a part-time biology faculty member at SCC. She received her MS in Environmental & Forest Sciences at the University of Washington (UW), with a research focus on the biochemistry and chemical ecology of grassland plants. She also holds a BA from UW in Asian Languages & Literature, with expertise in both Mandarin and Classical Chinese.

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Name:
John Rudell
Job Title:
Associate Faculty
Division:
Biology

Spring office hrs: T_9:00-10:00am, T_After Lab, Th_7:50-8:50pm

Classes taught: BIOL&211

Education & Training

B.S., M.S., Ph.D., University of California Davis

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Name:
Brian Saunders
Job Title:
Associate Faculty
Division:
Biology

Spring office hrs: MW: 2:30-4:50 pm and TTh: 11:00-12:20 pm

Classes taught: BIOL 144, BIOL 244, BIOL 298, BIOL 299, BIOL&211, BIOL&212, BIOL&213, ENVS&101, OCEA&101

Employee Bio

I received my BS in Biology and MS in Marine-Estuarine Sciences at WWU.  My emphasis focused on the intertidal ecosystem and the adaptations of marine invertebrates.  I am a strong advocate for conservation and preservation of sensitive habitats, especially in and around Puget Sound.  I have been An instructor at the college level since 1996.  I have taught Biology for majors and non-majors, Zoology, Environmental Science, Oceanography and Marine Biology.  My research aspirations is focused on life in the intertidal zone and the adaptations of the species that live there.  I am always looking for students who are interested in being a part of Marine explorations

Education & Training

B.S., M.S., Western Washington University

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Name:
Kira Wennstrom
Job Title:
Biology
Division:
Science

Spring office hrs: MW 2:30p-3:20p, TuTh 10:30a-12:00p

Classes taught: BIOL 292, BIOL 297, BIOL&170, BIOL&212, BIOL&231, BIOL&241, BIOL&242

Employee Bio

Kira Wennstrom joined the Shoreline Biology Department in 2005 after three years as associate professor of biology at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock and a four-year postdoctoral position at the University of Washington. Her research interests center on the structural and functional relationships among hormones, the brain, and behavior. While at the University of Washington, she studied the neuroendocrinology of song in white crowned sparrows. Her doctoral work focused on sex determination and sexual differentiation in whiptail lizards.
At Shoreline, her teaching style is interactive and inquiry-based, with a focus on building strong study skills. She has served in a number of leadership roles on campus including Faculty Senate Chair, Chair of the Strategic Planning/Budget Committee, and First Vice President of the faculty union.

Education & Training

B.S., Oregon State University
Ph.D., University of Texas

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