factors led you to decide to attend Hudson County Community College?
High quality professors, family feelings, student
support services, being affordable, and close to home.
is your favorite memory of the College, in or out of the classroom?
In-classroom, student and professor interaction, and
group work. Out of class, various student activities.
did you become interested in biology?
In 1998, I was a liberal arts major in a nutrition class
at the College. Not entirely sure of where this knowledge would take me, I
found myself fascinated in Dr. Lloyd Kahn’s classes and soon became enthralled
with biology. A year later, after earning a 4.0 GPA, I transferred to Rutgers
University to major in biology.
did your time at HCCC prepare you for your career/ life now?
HCCC is the school where I started my path toward my
doctorate degree. The excellent professors, the classes, the counselors, and
the environment helped me keep focused on my goal.
is a typical work day for you?
Meeting with the class, office hours, interactions with
faculty, meetings …
has been the most memorable project/case you have worked on?
Anatomy in Clay for my Honors A&P students – the
project showed different diseases displayed in clay at the Honors Showcase.
are your biggest inspirations that have impacted your work in some way?
During my third year of graduate studies at UMDNJ, I
decided to return and teach at HCCC. Dr. Kahn offered to show me the ropes of
teaching from helping me to create a syllabus to delivering a lecture. I also
had tremendous support from other senior faculty and staff including Dr.
Tabatabaie, Professor Matari, and Dean Sirangelo and many others that were
always there for me, and offered all the help they can give.
advice would you give to recent HCCC graduates?
Follow your passion, the sky is the limit and don’t let
anyone tell you you can’t do it.
advice do you have for those students who are just starting their college
Do some soul searching, find what moves you, what you
are passionate about, with passion comes perseverance and with that comes