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Biology Department Faculty & Staff

Our courses are taught by 8 full-time and a large team of adjunct instructors. The faculty have a unique combination of biological backgrounds and fields of expertise. These talents are brought into the classrooms and laboratories providing diverse viewpoints enabling students to learn the many facets of the world of living things. Laboratory classes are prepared and supervised by a team of 4 professional classified staff.  Biology's technical staff handle the complicated logistics of prepping 6 laboratory classrooms and 12 different lab subject areas.

Full Time Faculty

Sudakshina(Shina) Alagia - Physiology

B.Sc. & B.Ed. - Regional College of Education, India
M.S. - Vanivihar/Utkal University, India
BIO 144 & 145
: Anatomy & Physiology I & II (Course Coordinator) 
Department Co-Chair

Virginia (Ginny) Dudley - Marine Biology

B.S. - San Diego State University
M.S, San Diego State University, Marine Biology
BIO 105: Life in the Sea (Course Coordinator).

Michael Golden - Plant Ecology

B.S., M.A., San Francisco State University
BIO 110: Current Issues in Environmental Biology (Course Coordinator) 

James (Jim) Holden - Physiology

BIO 140 & 140L: Human Physiology (Course Coordinator)

Selene Miles - Ecology

B.S. University of California,

M.S. San Diego State University
BIO 120: Principles of Biology (Course Coordinator)

Michele Perchez - Microbiology

B.S., Cal. State San Bernardino

M.S., University of California, Riverside
BIO 152: Paramedical Microbiology (Course Coordinator)

Bonnie Ripley - Ecology & Evolution
B.A., Occidental College

Ph.D., Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution/M.I.T.

BIO 215: Statistics for Life Sciences & BIO 240: Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology (Course Coordinator)

Department Co-Chair

Allison Shearer

B.S., University of Kentucky

M.S., University of California, San Diego
BIO 141: Human Anatomy (Course Coordinator)

Biology Learning Centers Coordinator

Full-Time Classified Staff 

  • Sharon Farley-Furlan - Senior Biology Technician
  • Susan Henderson - A.S. Biology, Cuyamaca College; B.S. Microbiology with emphasis on Public Health, San Diego State University, Microbiology Labs
  • Katherine Leonard - B.S Biology, San Diego State University
    Field Collecting and Outdoor Laboratory maintenance
  • Camara Yonally - Evening Biology Technician
Last Updated: 06/27/2020
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A Member of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District