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Angela is a professor of biology and biotechnology at Austin Community College.  She previously taught biotechnology at a high school in the Austin area and has taught at Austin Community College for 11 years.  Angela assisted in developing the curriculum for both the high school and college biotechnology courses and was contracted by TEA to develop the online professional development training required to teach Advanced Biotechnology for science credit in Texas. She has worked on numerous grants to further teacher professional development in ... Read more

Bridgette has been the coordinator of the Collin College Biotechnology program since 2001. Prior to that she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California-San Diego in the Department of Reproductive Medicine, she earned a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona studying Reproductive Physiology in the Department of Animal Science, and an MS and BS from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the Department of Animal Science. She has been involved in undergraduate research for several years and works to embed student-led, exploration-based research into courses she teaches, as well as ... Read more

Candiya Mann

Candiya Mann is the independent evaluator for AC2 and several other National Science Foundation (NSF) grantees, including Bio-Link, the Community College Undergraduate Research Initiative (CCURI), the Marine Advanced Technology Education Center, and GeoTech. She specializes in K-16 education and youth workforce issues and has conducted evaluations for clients including the US Department of Labor, Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, United Way, school districts, community based organizations and workforce development agencies. Ms. Mann has served on the ... Read more

Made in China.  

M.S. From Midwestern State University

Ph.D from University of North Texas

Currently working at Del Mar College as Associate professor of Biotechnology Read more

Deborah Davis holds a bachelors degree in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Tampa, and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. Dr. Davis has served as PI and/or Co-PI on several grant-funded projects and is currently Co-PI for AC2 Bio-Link Regional Center. Responding to industry's need for skilled biotechnicians in the Bluegrass Region, in 2010 Dr. Davis founded the Biotechnology Program at Bluegrass Community and Technical College, and she continues to serve as ... Read more

In addition to serving on the AC2 team at Del Mar College, Dr. R. Deborah Overath is currently Project Director for REVISION: Revising Science Education with Vision, an NSF ATE funded project focused on UG research mentoring and evidence-based learning in introductory biotech and biology courses. The 2008 SACNAS Distinguished Undergraduate Mentor Awardee, Dr. Overath held faculty positions at both 2-year colleges and 4-year universities after earning a PhD in genetics at The University of Georgia. She also served as ... Read more

Jeanne has been teaching in the Biotechnology program at Bluegrass Community & Technical College since 2013.  She has a B.S. in Biology from Centenary College of Louisiana and a PhD in Biochemistry from Rice University.  Jeanne has mentored research students funded by NASA and the EPSCoR initiative.  Dr Wages has a particular interest in recruiting students into STEM programs. Read more

Jennifer Lazare is a Senior Personnel on the AC2 grant. Jennifer currently teaches Dual Credit Biotechnology in collaboration with Austin Community College and Austin Independent School District. She works as a curriculum developer and teacher mentor in the field of biotechnology education and is currently piloting the Entry Level Biotech Certificate at Anderson High School.  Read more

Dr. Hatherill has earned a postdoctoral fellowship from Stanford University, a Ph.D. in toxicology from the University of Michigan, a Masters in microbiology and a Bachelors degree in biology and chemistry from Eastern Michigan University. The American Society of Clinical Pathologists also certifies him in clinical chemistry. Dr. J. Robert Hatherill is a distinguished professor and a co-director of the biotechnology program in the Department of Natural Sciences at Del Mar College (DMC). He has served as a highly effective ... Read more

Linnea Fletcher is a former co-PI for Bio-link and is now the PI for AC2 Bio-Link Regional Center.  Dr. Fletcher served as a program officer at the National Science Foundation for the past two years and has recently returned to her former position as head of the Biotechnology Program at Austin Community College.  Dr. Fletcher is passionate about education and outcomes. Her views on the role of community colleges in biotechnology education are best described in a recently published article ... Read more

head shot Mary Slowinski

Mary Slowinski is an educator/consultant specializing in collaborative learning research and design. She received her M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Learning Science from the University of Washington, completing the latter with a dissertation on communities of practice for educators.

Currently working with AC2 as Community of Practice Coordinator, she is also co-PI on Working Partners, a National Science Foundation research grant focused on industry/education partnerships.  As a consultant, Mary has served as learning coordinator for two international faculty learning projects, facilitated groups both physical ... Read more

Poornima Rao, executes the coordination of AC2 Bio-Link Regional ATE Center Grant and is an adjunct faculty in the Biotechnology Dept. at Austin Community College, Austin TEXAS.   

She has been a biochemist with over a decade of industry experience in protein purification, enzyme characterization, assay design, and process development of complex scientific projects through multi-disciplinary teams.                                           ... Read more

Sandra Porter is one of the Bio-Link Co-PIs.  Dr. Porter has her Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Washington.  She ran a successful biotechnology education program at Seattle Central Community College, and she worked on educational projects in a bioinformatics software company (Geospiza, Inc.) for many years.

Dr. Porter is also president of Digital World Biology. Digital World Biology creates educational materials that use bioinformatics resources to teach biology.

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Stephanie has been working for Bluegrass Community & Technical College since 2012. She has a B.S. in Biological Sciences and a MS in Zoology from Southern Illinois University. Stephanie has been very active in the Allied Health and Natural Sciences Outreach Program at BCTC, providing fun and exciting STEM related programs to youth throughout Kentucky. She also serves as a student research mentor for both KY-EPSCoR and STEM-PRIDE programs.  Read more

Tammy Liles has been teaching biology and biotechnology for 22 years. She holds an MS in Biology / K-12 Science Education from Morehead State University and an MS in Microbiology from the University of Kentucky. Tammy is currently the Academic Dean for Health and Sciences at Bluegrass Community and Technical College. Read more