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Name:
Tunde Akinyeke
Job Title:
Associate Faculty
Division:
Science

Fall office hours:

Classes taught: BIOL&211, BIOL&260

Employee Bio

I recently finished my postdoctoral fellowship in the Raber lab in the Department of Behavioral Neuroscience at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU). I attended the University of Maryland Eastern Shore for his undergraduate degree where I majored in Biology and minored in Chemistry. It was there he found his love for biomedical research through various internships. I further pursued my graduate work at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN, where I completed my PhD in Biomedical Research with a concentration in Cancer Biology, in the Department of Biochemistry and Cancer Biology. There he studied the role of type II anti-diabetic drugs on post translational modifications of c-Myc protein in prostate cancer. After my graduate work was completed, I started my first postdoctoral research position at New York University in the Department of Basic Science & Craniofacial Biology where I expanded on my graduate studies.

Education & Training

B.S., University of Maryland
Ph.D., Meharry Medical College

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Name:
Leoned Gines
Job Title:
Biology
Division:
Science

Fall office hours: M 11:30-1:00, T 4-5, W 5-6, F 10:30-12:00

Classes taught: BIOL 107, BIOL&211, BIOL&260

Education & Training

B.S., Washington State University
M.S., University of Montana

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Name:
Natalie Jones
Job Title:
Associate Faculty
Division:
Science
Office:

Fall office hours:

Classes taught: BIOL 126

Employee Bio

Dr. Natalie Jones grew up on a small nursery on Whidbey Island, helping her family grow plants for landscaping and for food.  She earned a bachelor’s degree from UW in ecology and evolutionary biology, then joined the Peace Corps and served two years in Senegal doing farming and agroforestry.  Back in the USA, she started graduate school at UW, where she studied in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences.  Her Ph.D. research focused on a native, parasitic plant, and how this plant affects and is affected by surrounding plant communities.  During this time she also taught at Edmonds Community College and Monroe Correctional Complex. Currently Dr. Jones works as a restoration biologist for Tacoma Water in the Upper Green River watershed, where she conducts restoration and mitigation projects benefiting birds, elk, fish, and other species, and manages a small native plant nursery and salvage program.

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Name:
Dina Kovarik
Job Title:
Professor, Biotechnology
Division:
Science

Fall office hours: Zoom: M 1-2:30; Tu 1-3:30; Fri 4-5 pm; & by Appt

Classes taught: BIOL 265, BIOL 266, BIOL 270, BIOL 274, BIOL 275, BIOL 276, BIOL 277, BIOL 280, BIOL 281, BIOL 286, BIOL 290, BIOL 298, BIOL 299

Employee Bio

Dr. Dina Kovarik has more than 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 is a Professor in for Biotechnology Program, runs the PROJECT BIOTECH high school summer camps, and is the PI for an immuno-biotechnology grant from 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:
Matthew Loper
Job Title:
Biology/Environmental Science
Division:
Science

Fall office hours: Mon,Fri 10-11AM,Wed 1-2PM,Thu 12-2PM, or by appt

Classes taught: BIOL&211, BIOL&213, ENVS 297, ENVS 298, ENVS 299, ENVS&101

Employee Bio

Matthew Loper has over 25 years of teaching experience at the college level in the topics of biology, botany, environmental science and chemistry.  His past research interests include membrane transport, the effects of Acid Precipitation on plants and taxol biosynthesis by the Pacific yew.  Recently his focus has turned to conservation biology, particularly rare plant conservation.  He supervises an active undergraduate research program focusing on stream ecology and biodiversity assessment of local Boeing Creek Watershed.

Education & Training

B.A., B.S., University of Washington
Ph.D., Cornell University

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Name:
John Moffat
Job Title:
Biology/Human Anatomy&Physiology
Division:
Science
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Fall office hours: MWF 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Classes taught: BIOL 090, BIOL&241, BIOL&242

Education & Training

B.S., M.S., University of Washington

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Name:
Brian Orr
Job Title:
Associate Faculty
Division:
Science

Fall office hours: W: 10am-12pm, 6pm-7pm

Classes taught: BIOL&170, BIOL&241, BIOL&242, BIOL&260

Education & Training

B.A./B.S., Evergreen State College
D.N.M., Bastyr University

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Name:
Sandra Porter
Job Title:
Associate Faculty
Division:
Science

Fall office hours: By appointment. Please email to set up a time.

Classes taught: BIOL 285

Employee Bio

Dr. Sandra Porter is a digital biologist, web architect, entrepreneur, bioinformatics instructor, and writer.  She received her PhD in microbiology from the University of Washington, worked as a post-doctoral researcher at Fred Hutch, and spent ten years leading a biotechnology education program at Seattle Central Community College.  She left Seattle Central to work at a bioinformatics software company, Geospiza, Inc., which was purchased by PerkinElmer.  
In 2009, Porter started Digital World Biology (DigitalWorldBiology.com), with the mission of developing novel educational materials that use bioinformatics tools to explore biology. Porter is the PI on Bridge to Bio-Link’s Future (DUE 1764225), an NSF ATE grant that supports the Biotech-Careers.org website, a Co-PI on START Immunobiotech (DUE 1700441), and a member of the leadership team for the InnovATEBIO National Center for Biotechnology Education.

Education & Training

B.S., University of Minnesota
M.S., Ph.D., University of Washington

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Name:
Loretta Rafay
Job Title:
Office Of Instruction
Division:
Biology
Office:

Fall office hours:

Classes taught: BIOL 124, BIOL 126

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:
Rachel Rawle
Job Title:
Instructor- Tenure Track
Division:
Science

Fall office hours: M 10-11AM, W 2-3:30PM, Th 11AM-12PM, Fri 12:30-2PM

Classes taught: BIOL 111, BIOL 112, BIOL 113, BIOL 246, BIOL 249, BIOL&260

Name:
Movakel Sargizi
Job Title:
Biology
Division:
Science

Fall office hours: M,Th 5-7 pm; Sat: 1:00-3:00 pm

Classes taught: BIOL&170, BIOL&231, BIOL&241, BIOL&242, PE 154, PE 254

Education & Training

M.S., Western Washington University

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

Fall office hours: T: 8-9:20 am; 11-12:20 + 2:30-3:20 pm; 4-5 pm

Classes taught: BIOL 144, BIOL 244, BIOL 297, BIOL 299, BIOL&211, BIOL&212, BIOL&213, ENVS 297, 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

Fall office hours: TW 9:30-10:20a, W 2:00-3:20p, Th 9:30-10:50a

Classes taught: BIOL 090, BIOL 292, BIOL&170, BIOL&212, BIOL&241

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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Name:
Sarah White
Job Title:
Associate Faculty
Division:
Science

Fall office hours: Wednesday: 8:30-11AM