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Spring 2017

Bio 61 - The Biology of Cancer

Biology 100A

Ecology 10 - online

Bio 21B -Ecology of  the City of San Francisco

Biology work experience
Bio 91 and 92

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Office hoursWednesdays 11:10-12:00  and 3:00-4:00
Thursdays 12:40-1:30
OfficeScience 312A, Ocean campus

About me
Crima with her cat    
I love life, I love the outdoors, I love learning, I love science. So really, I have the perfect job teaching molecular biology, physiology, and ecology, which allows me to learn about the science behind life every day.  I am as endlessly fascinated with how our cells work as I am with how plants fit in their niches or barnacles reproduce.
earth as a web
    Ecology was my first love - the quest to understand how everything hangs together in a big web of life.  But now I love the wide spread of the topics I teach, because it allows me to see how our bodies, and even our cells, are  mirror images of the planet earth with all its wonders, the endless dance of cooperation and competition, reproduction and destruction, and rewards and deceit.
cancer microenvironment
     Last semester, I prepared for a new class, the Biology of Cancer, and was again struck by how much interconnectedness there is between cancer cells and their cellular environment.  Even though I have fought cancer myself  a couple of times, I can't help but be fascinated by how cancer sheds light on the normal workings of our bodies.  

     "Cancer brings unwelcome change to a biological machine that is perfect, marvelously beautiful, and complex beyond measure. Wherever tumors appear, they take on the appearance of alien life forms, invaders that enter the body through stealth and begin their programs of destruction from within. But appearances deceive: The truth is much more subtle and endlessly interesting."

Quote: Robert Weinberg in One Renegade Cell - How Cancer Begins
Cancer microenvironment picture: Cancers 2011, 3(3), 3189-3205; doi:10.3390/cancers3033189, CC-BY