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Whitney L.

Pittsburgh, PA

$30/hour

Experienced and Patient PhD Student for Bio and Chem Tutoring

In-person lessons
50+ Hours
4.9 average from 23 ratings
Very Knowledgeable and patient!
— Wendy, Baden, PA on 5/30/17

$30/Hour


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Purdue University, Fort Wayne
Biology
University of Pittsburgh
Enrolled

Education

Purdue University, Fort Wayne (Biology)

University of Pittsburgh (Enrolled)

About Whitney

Biology is fascinating. It's clever, it's beautiful, and it never stops surprising us. I love learning about biology because it is, after all, the science of us - how we work, how we behave, how we interact with our world - and how all other organisms do the same. It's amazing to me that a newt can shed its tail to avoid a predator, and then completely re-grow it, while a single mutation in the wrong gene can create a devastating disease. Studies in biology ask why these things happen, and how we can apply that knowledge to improve our health and our world. What could be a more worthwhile pursuit?

I am a PhD candidate in Molecular Virology and Microbiology at the University of Pittsburgh, working in the Center for Vaccine Research. I've gained so much knowledge and insight during graduate school about scientific methodology, chemistry, biochemistry, cell biology, and microbiology that I want to pass on to others. Helping students not only understand biological concepts, but gain an appreciation for them as well, has to be one of the most rewarding experiences I've had.

I have a B.S. in Biology with Distinction from Purdue University (2012), with an overall GPA of 3.95, and I was awarded "Most Outstanding Senior Biology Student" by the department faculty. I tutored college-level biology and chemistry for two years in college. I am in my final year of my PhD in molecular virology, and I've completed course work in biochemistry, microbiology, virology, immunology, cell biology, and genetics. I also taught medical microbiology lab for first year medical students for two years.

I'm looking very forward to sharing my knowledge and passion for biology with anyone who wants to learn. Feel free to contact me with any questions about me or my expertise, and to schedule a lesson!
Biology is fascinating. It's clever, it's beautiful, and it never stops surprising us. I love learning about biology because it is, after all, the science of us - how we work, how we behave, how we interact with our world - and how all other organisms do the same. It's amazing to me that a newt can shed its tail to avoid a predator, and then Read more

Policies
Cancellation
4 hours notice required

I offer consultation appointments at no charge. I am also happy to discuss lower hourly rates for those who need them.

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Pittsburgh, PA 15213
In-person lessons

"Very Knowledgeable and patient!"

- Wendy, Baden, PA on 5/30/17

"Whitney is a great tutor!"

- Mindy, Pittsburgh, PA on 6/8/17

"Another great session!"

- Deesha, Bowie, MD on 12/15/16
Science:
Biology,
Chemistry,
Genetics,
Microbiology

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Biology

I have a strong background in biology, having taken college and graduate level courses in everything from macroecology to cell biology, and I am currently finishing my PhD in molecular virology. I tutored college level biology (all subjects) for 2 years in college and have been tutoring high school and college biology for the last year as well. Because of my extensive training and experience with tutoring, I take pride in both my depth of biological knowledge and my ability to share that knowledge.

Chemistry

I have a strong background in basic chemistry concepts, for high school and college-level general chemistry. I have 3+ years of biology and chemistry tutoring experience. I've also worked in molecular biology laboratories for 8 years, so I have extensive application-based experience with chemical and biochemical techniques and analytical skills.

Genetics

I have taken college- and graduate-level genetics courses and received A grades in both. I have experience tutoring college-level genetics. As a part of my PhD research, I regularly apply complex genetic principles to design and execute virology experiments. I also regularly read primary virology literature that often involves genetic manipulation and/or DNA- or RNA-based experimental techniques.

Purdue University, Fort Wayne
Biology
University of Pittsburgh
Enrolled

Education

Purdue University, Fort Wayne (Biology)

University of Pittsburgh (Enrolled)

Very Knowledgeable and patient!

Whitney is very knowledgeable and patient. She works around your schedule and focuses on the style of learning that works best for you. She takes the time to prepare and works with you on the concepts that you don't understand. Highly recommend!

— Wendy, Baden, PA on 5/30/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $30.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

I offer consultation appointments at no charge. I am also happy to discuss lower hourly rates for those who need them.

Travel policy

Whitney will travel within 10 miles of Pittsburgh, PA 15213.