Faculty In Review

Biological Sciences Department

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Susan Fong Akana

Biological Sciences Department

Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
B.A. University of California, Santa Cruz

Prof. Akana has been teaching at CCSF since 2011

For Physiology 12 and Biology 9 course information, please link to https://sites.google.com/a/mail.ccsf.edu/susan-f-akana/


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Ariadna M Bogatsky

Biological Sciences Department

B.A., San Francisco State University; M.A., University of California, San Francisco

Biography is unavailable at this time.


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Laura B Branagan

Biological Sciences Department

B.S. Biological Sciences, Ramapo College
M.S. Ecology and Evolution, Rutgers University

Prof. Branagan has been teaching at CCSF since 2005.


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Niccolo Leo Caldararo

Biological Sciences Department

B.A. Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley
M.A. Anthropology, San Francisco State University
Ph.D. Developmental Psychology, Center for Psychological Studies

Professor Caldararo has been teaching at CCSF since 1995.

He believes in giving each and every student the opportunity to learn and develop a useful knowledge base and achieve an understanding of the world they live in .

Professor Caldararo has published: Sustainability, Human Ecology and the Collapse of Complex Societies, the Edwin Mellen Press, 2004 and in paperback, War, Religion and Taxation, BookSurge, 2009.

He is a member of the Bay Area Art Conservation Guild .


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Joseph P Cannon

Biological Sciences Department

Biography is unavailable at this time.


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Maria M Carrasco Reyes

Biological Sciences Department

Biography is unavailable at this time.


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Lisa A DiGirolamo

Biological Sciences Department

Biography is unavailable at this time.


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Dominic Gonzalez

Biological Sciences Department

Biography is unavailable at this time.


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James C Grass

Biological Sciences Department

B.S., Canisius College; M.S., University of Washington; Ph.D., Columbia

Prof. Grass has been teaching at CCSF since 1980


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Michael J Guthrie

Biological Sciences Department

B.A., California State University, Sacramento; M.S., University of California, Davis

Biography is unavailable at this time.


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Edward S Hanson

Chair, Biological Sciences Department

B.A., B.S., University of California, Santa Barbara; Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco

Biography is unavailable at this time.


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Charles Yenkuang Ho

Biological Sciences Department

Biography is unavailable at this time.


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Calvin W Hom

Biological Sciences Department

B.A., University of California; M.A., San Jose State University; M.A. Stanford University

Biography is unavailable at this time.


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Edith A. L. Kaeuper

Biological Sciences Department

Biotechnology


B.A., University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D., University of California, Davis

Biography is unavailable at this time.


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Steven H Kessler

Biological Sciences Department

B.A., Wesleyan University
M.A., University of California, Berkeley

Biography is unavailable at this time.


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Dean V Lauritzen

Biological Sciences Department

Biography is unavailable at this time.


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Jimmy L Lim

Biological Sciences Department

B.S., University of San Francisco
O.D., University of California School of Optometry, Berkeley


Dr. Lim came to CCSF in the Spring of 2002 following twenty years of optometric practice.

His goal is to both teach and be a means for his students to see the value of academic achievement and honorable execution of responsibilities.

Since 2003, Dr. Lim has served as volunteer faculty at the San Francisco City Academy, a private K-8 school serving kids in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco.

He enjoys bicycling, church, and baseball.


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Peggy Ann Lopipero-Langmo

Biological Sciences Department

B.A. Physiology, University of California, Berkeley M.P.H. Environmental Health Science, University of California, Berkeley

Prof. Lopipero-Langmo has been teaching at CCSF since 2006

Instructional/educational philosophy and goals include making the topics covered in class relevant to students' lives and interests. Also, to demonstrate the importance of being scientifically literate so we can all make informed choices as voters and consumers.

Professional interests include all aspects of environmental science and sustainability. Favorite non-academic activities include acting, dancing, camping, and spending time with my husband and kids.


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Ben E Machado

Biological Sciences Department

Biography is unavailable at this time.


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Michael Malachowski

Biological Sciences Department

Biography is unavailable at this time.


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Sheri J Miraglia

Biological Sciences Department

B.A. - Chemistry, California State University, Fullerton
Ph.D. - Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, University of California, Irvine


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Shannon M Nixon

Biological Sciences Department

B.A. Chemistry
B.S. Biochemistry
Ph.D. Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

Prof. Nixon has been teaching at CCSF since 2006


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Kathryn Pinna

Biological Sciences Department

University of California, Berkeley: M.S. Nutrition (1987) and Ph.D. Nutrition (1999); Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Registered Dietitian (R.D., 1987)

Prof. Pinna has been teaching at CCSF since 1989.


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Crima B Pogge

Biological Sciences Department

B.A., M.A., Justus Liebig University, Giessen, Germany; M.A., San Francisco State University

I have been teaching Biology since 1998 and have been a full-time tenured professor at CCSF since 2000.

I strive to share the awe and fascination I have for both cells (Bio 101A) and ecosystems (Bio 20) with my students; inspire students to give their best and gain a thorough understanding of scientific concepts, methods, and skills; develop more and more student-centered teaching methods that foster active learning; and learn from my students as much as I can to understand what they need from my classes to succeed in their academic goals.

At CCSF, I have been involved in the CCSF Mentoring program (since 2000), Service learning program (since 2003), , Multicultural infusion project (since 2003). I direct the Center for Habitat Restoration (since 2002), and have supported students creating a native plant garden and the campus bikery. Currently, I serve on the sustainability subcommittee.

I have published the following books: Greenways in the United States - an example of public-private partnerships, Zentrum fuer Regionale Entwicklungsforschung, Giessen 1991 and Environmental Impact Assessment of Vocational Instruction, Verbraucherzentrale Nuernberg, Nuernberg 1992.
From 2005-2006, as a Carnegie Scholar (Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning), I researched the need for 'culturing" ecology instruction.

Besides teaching, I enjoy being with friends, practicing yoga, hiking, gardening and reading.


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Lawrence W Pong

Biological Sciences Department

Biography is unavailable at this time.


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Joseph A Reyes

Biological Sciences Department

B.A., San Jose State University; Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Prof. Reyes has been teaching at CCSF since 2000


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David M Schweitzer

Biological Sciences Department

Biography is unavailable at this time.


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Susmita Sengupta

Biological Sciences Department

M.S. and Ph.D.

I have been teaching at CCSF from 2004.

Instructional/educational philosophy and goals:
i) Enhance student learning in the class room and help them to understand and the complexity of the biological organism from unicellular to multicellular.
ii)Analyze the news in the media related to biology to accept or reject them.
ii) Analyze the role of genetics in health and human diseases.

I am a member of the Educational Policy and Curriculum Committee of the College..

Some of my publications are:
Sengupta L.K. and Sengupta, S. (2004) Molecular Mechanisms, Proteinopathies and Therapeutic Strategies in Neurodegenerative Disorders. Current Genomics 5 (4): 327-346
Sengupta, L.K., Sengupta, S. and Sarkar, M (2002) Pharmacogenetic Applications of the Post Genomic Era. Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology 3(2): 141-150
Sengupta, S., Sengupta, L.K and Bisen, P.S. (2001) Bioengineered Crops: Commercial and Ethical Considerations. Current Genomics 2 (2):181-197

I enjoy the biodiversity I see around me, traveling is my passion.I love performing arts like classical music and dance.


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Christina M Sullivan

Biological Sciences Department

Biography is unavailable at this time.


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John F Tarpey

Biological Sciences Department

B.S., Biology, University of San Francisco
Ph.D., Anatomy, University of California, Berkeley

Dr.. Tarpey has been teaching at CCSF since 2008


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Carole Sutherland Toebe

Biological Sciences Department

B.S. Biology, University of Missouri; M.S., Ph.D. Parasitology, Tulane University, New Orleans

Teaching at CCSF since 1995.

I believe all biology students at CCSF should have a solid foundation in science and I am committed to a high standard and quality of education. Given the right tools and motivation, biology students should be able to become scientifically versed citizens that will be able to make positive contributions to the biological world and protect environmental health.

Organizer: CCSF Biology Speaker Series
Served as Chairperson for the Biological Sciences Department from Fall 2004 to Spring 2010.

Member: American Society of Microbiology, Northern California Society of Microbiology, San Francisco Naturalist Society. I was elected to the national public health honors society called Delta Omega in 2003. It aims to recognize and to promote excellence in public health research, scholarship, and service for improvement of health of all people, worldwide.

I love swimming, hiking, getting out in nature and dabbling in nature observation and illustration.


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Trinh T Tran

Biological Sciences Department

Ph.D. Nutrition Biology, UC Davis.

Prof. Tran has been teaching at CCSF since 2006.

For more class information, visit class website at www.sites.google.com/a/mail.ccsf.edu/nutrition

Member of the Asian Coalition. Adivisor/mentor for the NIH honors program.
P.I. for the STEM-NSF Scholarship Program (2009-current).
President, CCSF Faculty Association.

Member of the ASNS (American Society of Nutritional Sciences).

Rollerbladding, rockclimbing, running, and painting.


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Bibit H Traut

Biological Sciences Department

PhD. Ecology, UC Davis
M.S. Botany & Plant Pathology, Oregon State University
M.S. Marine Sciences, UC Santa Cruz

Professor Traut has been teaching at CCSF since 2005


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Raymond R White

Biological Sciences Department

B.A., Claremont McKenna College; A.M., Ph.D., Stanford University

Prof. White has been teaching at CCSF since 1982

To provide a platform for academic progress.

Lepidopterists' Society, California Native Plant Society, Xerces Society

Running, fitness, reading history & science.
Ecological Consulting, endangered species (invertebrates).


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Shaye Z Zahedi

Biological Sciences Department

Biography is unavailable at this time.



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