I have 10 years of teaching experience and have had to communicate to audiences with diverse scientific backgrounds. I enjoy and seek new concepts and the process of constantly learning and sharing information.
I was a graduate teaching assistant at University of Iowa, during the years 1990-95, teaching various undergraduate/premed and graduate level courses. I have taught Introductory Biology course with Laboratory credits, Animal Physiology for premed/graduate credits and Biology of the Brain for general science credits.
I have also taught English to grade VIII students and biology as a premed course for class XI and XII students between the years 1983-89 in India, while concurrently earning my bachelors degree in education and completing all coursework for a Master of Education degree. I received National recognition in India for excellence in teaching since all of my students passed with distinction (A+) in Biology.
More recently in 2005, I took up part time teaching at Montgomery Community College, while holding down a full time job at Lexicon Pharmaceuticals for the pleasure of teaching.
In my recent position as Principal Scientist, I developed or executed approaches ranging from mouse surgeries, brain slice electrophysiology, pathology/histology analysis, immunohistochemistry, in situ hybridization strategies and tissue biomarker analysis in support of our programs. Hands on experience with varied techniques ranging from molecular genetics, yeast 2-hybrid assay, protein biochemistry, hippocampal slice electrophysiology, viral vector mediated gene delivery and real time in-vivo imaging technology allows me a broad and deep understanding of the approaches needed to address research problems and to be able to convincingly communicate the scientific method to young science initiates.
My teaching approach is experience dependent and practical applications based knowledge.
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