|Present||Science Faculty, Illinois Math and Science Academy|
|2018 - 2019||"Modifying the arduino heart rate LED monitor"|
|ComEd Seed Fund FY19|
|2017 - 2018||"Energy Sensors for Anatomy"|
|ComEd Seed Fund FY18|
Honors and Awards
- 2017 IAGC Promising Projects Award (Illinois Association for Gifted Children)
- 2017 ComEd IN2 Energy Seed Fund Award
- 2018 IAGC Promising Projects Award (Illinois Association for Gifted Children)
- 2018 ComEd IN2 Energy Seed Fund Award
- Molecular and Cellular Biology
- Seminar in Neurobiology
- Organic Chemistry
- Advanced Chemistry
- Methods in Scientific Inquiry
- Scientific Inquiries in Biology
- Physiology and Disease
|2010||NBPTS, Certified Master Teacher in Science (Adolescence and Young Adulthood)|
|1992||Ph.D. Biochemistry and Biophysics with Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology, Iowa State University|
|1986||M.Phil. Biochemistry and Microbiology, Bharathiar University|
|1984||M.S. Biochemistry, Bharathiar University|
|1982||B.S. Biochemistry, Chemistry, Nutrition & Dietetics, Bharathiar University|
Using Heart Models for Physiology Teaching and Learning Faculty Publications & Research (2015)
Over the last few decades, there has been a shift in the classroom from a teacher-centered learning environment, with its emphasis on content delivery, to a student-centered environment focused on inquiry learning (http://www.nsta.org/docs/ PositionStatement_Scienti cInquiry.pdf). ...
Conference Papers/Presentations (19)
Effect of Short Term Exercise and High Fat Diet on Skeletal Muscle miR133a Faculty Publications & Research (2019)
Micro RNAs (miR) are small non-coding RNA that regulate gene expression at the post-transcriptional level. miR133a is abundant in cardiac and skeletal muscle. In skeletal muscle, miR133a is best known for its regulatory role in ...
High School Physiology Innovations: the Arduino Blood Pressure Monitor Faculty Publications & Research (2019)
Students in my Physiology and Disease (PAD) which is a Biology elective at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA), Aurora, Illinois, measure heart rates and blood pressure to study the correlation between these parameters. ...
PhUn week 2018: An Innovative Approach to Systems Biology – Human Diseases Graphic Novels Faculty Publications & Research (2019)
As a part of PhUn week, sponsored by the APS, students were given two class periods to research the disease states and create the graphic novels. Students were required to describe their diseases in terms ...
Diversifying the STEM Education to Career Pathway!!! Faculty Publications & Research (2019)
Education has always been a privilege. Most of us do not realize this. Opposition to the implementation of diversity and social equity has littered history. Many modern inventions and improvements were conceived under circumstances that ...
Diversity and Inclusion in the Science Classroom Faculty Publications & Research (2018)
A Diversity, Epidemiology and social justice unit was incorporated into the Physiology and Disease curriculum in Fall 2016. Students discussed topics such as social and cultural influences on diversity thinking, and selective treatment in hospitals ...
Environmental Impact- Using Digital Media to Focus Student Learning Faculty Publications & Research (2018)
Environmental issues are global challenges that our students will have to address in their future. Addressing these issues through curriculum helps bring purpose to students’ learning. We have developed a capstone project in our introductory ...
Engaging Students in Fundamental Biological Concepts Through UN Sustainability Goals Faculty Publications & Research (2018)
Advanced Biological Systems is year-long introductory biology course for Juniors at IMSA. It is aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development goals, the use of which has been identified as an initiative for curriculum development. ...
Modeling in the Physiology classroom Faculty Publications & Research (2018)
Physiology and Disease is a Biology elective at IMSA that has been developed to be mostly student-centered. Some examples of student projects include modeling heart structure to reflect function and creating LED arduino monitors to ...
Biomedical Engineering - an Art or a Science? Faculty Publications & Research (2018)
Students discussed recent advances in technology and classified them as belonging to science or engineering. Students were introduced to the human heart and its mechanics, after which they brainstormed in groups to build their own ...
June’s Learning Laboratory: Cultural Competent Students Lend a Helping Hand Faculty Publications & Research (2018)
June’s Learning Laboratory is our first step to creating a better world by advocating for a more culturally accepting society that appreciates everyone regardless of their abilities. Our innovative curriculum along with 3D printed hands ...
Innovations in High School Physiology: The Arduino Heart Rate L.E.D Monitor Faculty Publications & Research (2018)
Physiology and Disease (PAD) is a Biology elective at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, Aurora, Illinois, which is a residential magnate school for students gifted in math and science. My PAD class is based ...
Social Justice for Gifted Populations: the Intersectionality of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Publications & Research (2017)
Through a model of inquiry and collaborative learning, participants will learn about the structural and institutional features of oppression faced by gifted students. Participants will develop meaningful ways to apply their new awareness and knowledge ...
An Innovative Approach to Teaching the History of Physiology Faculty Publications & Research (2017)
Physiology and Disease students at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora employ inquiry driven activities to improve their understanding and articulation of the discipline. After covering the major physiological concepts for the semester, ...
Successful Inquiry Based Activities in High School Physiology Faculty Publications & Research (2015)
Physiology and Disease students at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora employ inquiry driven activities to improve their understanding and articulation of the discipline. Students make heart models and make correlations with heart ...
Correlation Between Hands On Activities and Transfer Skills on Assessments Faculty Publications & Research (2015)
Students in the Physiology and Disease course at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora are exposed to basic physiological concepts using novel hands on methods to help them understand the material better. Students ...
Understanding the Neuronal Controls Behind Heart Rate and Respiration Faculty Publications & Research (2014)
Students in the course Physiology and Disease at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy learn physiology by designing, executing and evaluating their own experiments based on evidence. This semester, students designed laboratory experiments that involved ...
Integrating Quantitative Experiments into the Physiology Classroom Faculty Publications & Research (2013)
Physiology and Disease is a student led inquiry based class at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, where students design and execute their own experiments and analyze their data based on the evidence they have ...
Integration of Student Centered Physiology Learning into Related High School Science Courses Faculty Publications & Research (2012)
Student centered teaching was previously found to enhance student understanding and even improve performance of students in other courses taken in the same semester in high school (6). In an effort to improve student performance ...
Session 1L: June’s Learning Laboratory: Cultural Competent Students Lend a Helping Hand IMSAloquium Student Investigation Showcase (2018)
June’s Learning Laboratory (JLL) is our first step to creating a better world by advocating for a more culturally accepting society that appreciates everyone regardless of their abilities. Our innovative curriculum along with 3D printed ...
Session 3b: Stress....What is it and how do I fix it Professional Learning Day (2018)
Join us in learning about stress, its causes, its signs and symptoms and methods for preventing, coping with and/or relieving stress. Popular mind-body fitness methods such as Yoga, Pilates, Qi Gong, and Tai Chi will ...
Workshop 1A: Concentrations of Pesticides on Aquatic Life (Daphnia Magna) IMSAloquium Student Investigation Showcase (2017)
Population growth, and the subsequent increase in pollution has led to the numerous environmental regulations, especially in the area of pesticide usage. Students will learn the effect pesticides have on heart rate, and the mortality ...
Session C-1: Modeling STEM activities into classroom practice Professional Learning Day (2017)
Students understand concepts better when they have had a chance to work hands on with relevant material. Examples will be presented from my classroom where difficult concepts have been modeled into simple experiments with considerable ...
Session C-1: Ecosystem Disruption: Using lab and real-world examples to bring changes in Earth’s ecosystems to life Professional Learning Day (2016)
The magnitude of the changes occurring in Earth’s ecosystems seems difficult to tackle in the classroom and lab. Here we explore ways to demonstrate the changes in the Earth’s water and carbon cycles in the ...