· Born at Nagercoil, Tamilnadu, INDIA.
· Moved to the US by choice in 1993 (nearly 25 years ago) and chose to become US Citizen in 2013.
· Multi-cultural, Educated and Widely traveled in Asia,Europe and Americas.
PhD (Pathology/Microbial Technology), University of Florida
MS Molecular Biology (Belgium)
MS Microbiology (India)
· Job experience (overall 30 plus years):
Teach mainly Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Microbiology - lectures and labs. On need basis, teach other courses that am credentialed for at PBSC (biology, environmental science, chemistry)
Resarch/Teaching at University of Florida, Gainesville/Belle Glade (1994-2008) (11 and 2.5) (13.5 years)
Research in molecular biology (medical) at Illinois State University (1993-1994) (1 year) (2008 - present)
· Academic Accomplishments:
US Patent issued based on doctoral research
13 Peer-Reviewed Publications
23 Talks/Posters at state/national/international conferences,and several invited talks to industry, state and non-profit agencies
Professional Development/Community Service/Volunteer Activities:
Promote College affordability through sustained efforts to increase textbook affordability (free custom E-Books & OER)
Engage in volunteer service to community, promote STE(A)M Outreach (organize free STE(A)M events (STEAM FESTs, STEM SATURDAYs), advise Science Club) and at the South Florida Science Center&Aquarium
Help create active learning space for students (NS129 Study Hall Sessions collaborating with SLC and volunteers)
Alumni engagement at personal level and through collaboration with partner agencies in community
Mentoring adjunct and peer faculty
Advise and support students with recommendations for their programs/jobs, job referrals
Invited Talks at AFC Region V Conference, PBSC Development Days, CTLE (PTLC)/Wellness workshops, Lunch-n-Learn
Professional Development opportunities for students and peer-faculty
THRIVE is my preferred Pillar of Excellence that will serves as a foundation to build a team of professionals at grassroot level with focus on care, compassion and connectivity to increase student success.
Like nature, and to travel and meet/interact with people of diverse cultures and backgrounds
Awards and Recognitions:
2021 Heroes in Medicine Awards: "Health Care Educator Hero" select finalist
2021 Recognition by WPTV for Asian&Pacific Islander Heritage Month
2020 MLK Leadership Award for Faculty
2019 STEM Champion Award Winner (2019), Nominee (2018)
2019 10-Year Service Award at PBSC
2018 Bravo Award for STEM Outreach (Nominee 2013 (van donation), 2015 (USDA Grant execution), 2016 (E-Boooks/OER)
2017 South Florida Science Center's Award of Excellence for Volunteer Service.
2015 NISOD Award of Excellence in Teaching
2014 5-Year Service Award at PBSC