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John K.

Alpharetta, GA

$60/hour

Scientist and Adjunct Professor

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Virginia Commonwealth University
Biology
Virginia Commonwealth University
Master's
Oklahoma State University
PhD

Education

Virginia Commonwealth University (Biology)

Virginia Commonwealth University (Master's)

Oklahoma State University (PhD)

About John

I really enjoy learning about different areas of science. I love learning and I especially enjoy helping others (i.e., students) learn to love science as well. I have had an extensive amount of education, starting at the undergraduate level in biology. During this time, I learned a significant amount about various areas of biology. These areas included; zoology, botany, physiology, environmental science and entomology. Subsequently, I earned a Masters in Biology and specialized in physiology and invertebrate zoology. After earning my M.S. degree, I went on to earn my PhD in Insect Biochemistry. I did my research thesis on the role of water transport through the salivary glands of ticks. I learned a tremendous amount about how cells function and how insect salivary glands work. This is especially important now that we are dealing with public health issues such as; Zika virus, Malaria, Rocky Mountain Spotted fever, and Lyme Disease. All of these diseases are transmitted to humans by insects by way of their salivary glands.

After earning my PhD in Insect Biochemistry, I went on to further my education by earning an National Institutes of Health (NIH) Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, TX. The four years that I spent in this training helped me to further my understanding and appreciation of Biochemistry and Cell Biology. Here I did research on such things as Muscular Dystrophy and Diabetes. After spending four years in this Fellowship, I went into the U.S. Air Force as a Captain in the Biomedical Science Corps and did biochemical/radiobiological research for the Air Force. I did research that helped us to understand the effects that excessive radiation had on human health. After leaving the U.S. Air Force, I came to Atlanta, Georgia and worked for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (the CDC). Here I am a Supervisory Health Scientist working on clinical laboratory issues. Specifically, I study how well we do clinical testing in our hospitals, reference laboratories and physician office labs. I have been doing this type of work for 24 years.

Finally, when I am not working at the CDC and Prevention, I enjoy teaching college biology/ecology courses and tutoring college and high school students. I have been doing this for about 11 years now. I have taught more than 30 college classes during this time and have tutored more than 60 students in more than 5 different subjects (i.e., AP Chemistry, AP Biology, General Biology, AP Environmental Science, AP World History and Physical Science).

I look forward to doing more teaching and tutoring in the future.

As I mentioned in my biographical sketch, I really enjoy learning about different areas of science. I love learning about the recent scientific findings in many areas of science. I especially enjoy helping others (i.e., students) learn to love science as well. I have had an extensive amount of education, starting at the undergraduate level in biology. During this time, I learned a significant amount about various areas of biology. These areas included; zoology, botany, physiology, environmental science and entomology. Subsequently, I earned a Masters in Biology and specialized in physiology and invertebrate zoology. After earning my M.S. degree, I went on to earn my PhD in Insect Biochemistry. I did my research thesis on the role of water transport through the salivary glands of ticks. I learned a tremendous amount about how cells function and how insect salivary glands work. This is especially important now that we are dealing with public health issues such as; Zika virus, Malaria, Rocky Mountain Spotted fever, and Lyme Disease. All of these diseases are transmitted to humans by insects by way of their salivary glands. I usually spend a few hours each day reading many different articles on a number of different topics. Recently, I have been reading articles related to botany (i.e. plant biochemistry and physiology). I have become curious about the way we have been able to increase crop production in the world so that we can better feed the people of the world. As the population of the world increases, there is a greater need to know how we can improve agriculture so that we can feed an ever increasing population.

If you are interested in really learning the subject material that you are having trouble understanding please don't hesitate in contacting me. I have had 11 years of success helping students to understand their subjects. I help make the complex understandable. I will be able to give you all kinds of examples and ways to learn and understand what you now are having trouble understanding. Don't struggle any longer. Contact me.
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Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 8 miles of Alpharetta, GA 30004
Science:
ACT Science, Anatomy, Biology, Botany,
Ecology, Genetics,
Geology, Microbiology, Physical Science, Physiology, Zoology
English:
English, Grammar, Literature, Vocabulary
Test Preparation:
ACT Science
History:
American History, Geography, Government & Politics, Social Studies, World History
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Vocabulary

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Botany

I have taught biology, environmental science and ecology courses at the college level for the past 11 years. Knowledge of botany and plant physiology are essential when I discuss issues such as; agriculture, forestry, plant - insect interactions (ie. gall formation and commensalism), plants and GMOs and the impact that herbicides such as; glycophosate have on agricultural production. I am also specifically discussing issues such as, mycorrhizal fungi, photosynthesis and transpiration, and the role that various plant hormones (i.e., auxins, abscisic acid, cytokinins, ethylene,and gibberellins) have in the function of plants as they are found in the various ecosystems. Knowledge of botany is essential when discussing these issues with students.

Genetics

I have not only taught a semester-long course, Cell Biology and Genetics, for more than 4 years but I always have a few lectures on genetics when I teach general biology. I have taught general biology for about 8 years now and I discuss both Mendelian and classical genetics along with Molecular genetics. Finally, I also lecture on genetics when I teach my Environmental Science course. The environment presents us with many different chemicals and substances. These have been found to have an impact on our genome. The area of Epigenetics is expanded greatly over the past 10 years and is extremely important in Environmental Science and Public Health.

Zoology

I have earned a B.S. in Biology with a concentration in zoology. I studied the biochemistry of cockroaches and how they are able, after ecdysis or moulting,, to form a new cuticle based on instructions from the brain to direct the blood cells to essentially form a new cuticle and then have the brain also release a hormone to cause the sclerotization, or hardening of this blood cell mass into a new cuticle. During my undergraduate studies I took any number of courses involving zoology. I took invertebrate zoology and entomology courses. The same was true when I earned my M.S. in Physiology and Zoology. I also authored a number of scientific journal articles involving the biochemistry of cockroaches. I earned my PhD in Insect Biochemistry. Here, I studied the transport of fluids across the salivary membranes of the ixodid tick, Amblyomma americanum. I authored several scientific articles concerning these tick studies. Finally, I have been teaching college level biology and environmental science courses for the past 11 years. A significant amount of the material that I lecture on involves zoology.

Virginia Commonwealth University
Biology
Virginia Commonwealth University
Master's
Oklahoma State University
PhD

Education

Virginia Commonwealth University (Biology)

Virginia Commonwealth University (Master's)

Oklahoma State University (PhD)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $60.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

John will travel within 8 miles of Alpharetta, GA 30004.