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About Amy White Helms

I am a Biology and Microbiology Professor at Collin College at the Preston Ridge Campus in Frisco, Texas. I love science and I absolutely love getting to teach students at this level.

As I like to tell my classes, life is not multiple choice, with 4 or 5 clear answer choices. If anything, life is multiple choice with infinite answers or possibilities, and most of the time there is nothing clear about them! In my courses, I choose to focus on critical thinking and problem solving. For me, the strategies you use to get at solving a problem are just as important, if not more important, than the actual problem itself. College is a time for this kind of learning and thinking, but I find my students aren't used to this approach. 

As a neuroscientist, I am fascinated by how the brain learns and retains new information and I try to apply principles of meta-cognition and brain-based learning in all my biology and microbiology classes.


2006 - Present Professor of Biology, Collin College
2000 - 2006 Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas

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  • BIOL 2421- Microbiology for Majors
  • BIOL 2420 - Microbiology for Non-Majors
  • BIOL 1414 - Intro to Biotechnology
  • BIOL 1408 - Intro to Biology for Non-Majors
  • BIOL 1406 - General Biology 1 for Majors Honors
  • BIOL 1406 - BIOL 1406 - General Biology 1 for Majors


2000 PhD, UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas ‐ Genetics & Developmental Biology
1993 BS, Texas A&M University ‐ Microbiology

Contact Information

Office Phone: 972-377-1085


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