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Department of Biology, Rockville Campus  

Biology Faculty & Staff


Dr. Barbara HobermanDr. Barbara Hoberman, Chair    
Email: barbara.hoberman@montgomerycollege.edu
Phone: 240-567-5121    ---     Office Room: SW 130
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I have a B.A. degree in biology from Temple University in Philadelphia and a Ph.D. in Anatomy from Jefferson Medical College. My dissertation and subsequent research was in the area of teratology (birth defects). I was an Assistant Professor at Jefferson Medical College and Associate Professor at George Washington University Medical Center before coming to Montgomery College in 1993. I currently teach Principles of Biology, and Anatomy and Physiology. I am the campus coordinator of the BIOMAP program, and I am faculty advisor to the Pre-med Society and do most of the campus' pre-med advising. Come and see me for your AAMCAS and MCAT applications. Dr. Ken Weiner ( of the math department) and I have co-authored a grant to establish and fund the Biomedical Scholars Program at MC. If you are curious about the BIOMAP program or the Biomedical Scholars Program, come visit me in room 130 SW. I welcome all to students to drop by and say "Hi".

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Dr. Rashidul AlamDr. Rashidul Alam    
Email: rashidul.alam@montgomerycollege.edu
Phone: 240-567-5021    ---     Office Room: SW 130A
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I have been with Montgomery College since Fall 2001, and I primarily teach BI 107 (Principles of Biology I) and BI 222 (Principles of Genetics). I am also the course coordinator for the BI 107 and BI 222. After receiving my BS (honors) and MS in Biochemistry from the Dhaka University, Bangladesh, I taught biochemistry, biophysical chemistry, and organic chemistry in the same institution for almost two years. Then I earned a diploma in industrial microbiology and a doctorate degree in molecular cell biology from Kyushu University, Japan. I came to the USA in 1994 as a postdoctoral scientist in neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institute. In early 1999, I joined the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) where I worked as a Research Fellow until I came to MC. The areas of biological sciences that interest me most are Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Genetics and Bioinformatics. I am multilingual. I can speak Bengali, Japanese, and Hindi. If you want chat with me in these languages or need any help regarding your career in biology, please come and see me in room 130A Science West Building.

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Dr. Mike ChaseDr. Mike Chase    
Email: michael.chase@montgomerycollege.edu
Phone: 240-567-4223    ---     Office Room: SE 112F
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I began my faculty position in the biology department, here at Montgomery College, during the fall of 2007. Currently, I teach microbiology (BI 203) and biology (BI 101). Prior to this position, I taught biology, microbiology, and genetics at Marymount University, Arlington, VA, and Trinity College in Washington, D.C., as an adjunct professor. I hold a B.S. in Biology from The Citadel Military College, an M.S. in Pathobiology from The University of Connecticut, and a Ph.D. in Genetics from The University of Maryland at Baltimore. I did my post-doc at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of The National Institutes of Health, where I studied genes involved in cholesterol metabolism and atherosclerosis in transgenic mice. I have extensive laboratory experience in molecular and cellular biology. I often draw upon this research experience during the laboratory sessions of my courses to facilitate student comprehension of biological concepts presented during lecture. My primary interests include microbiological production of hydrogen and photosynthesis. If I can be of any assistance in your study of biology, please visit me at my office - 112SE - or e-mail me at michael.chase@montgomerycollege.edu.

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Dr. Jim CosgroveDr. Jim Cosgrove    
Email: jim.cosgrove@montgomerycollege.edu
Phone: 240-567-4136    ---     Office Room: SW 119
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Home Page: http://www.montgomerycollege.edu/~jcosgrove

I joined the full time Biology Department faculty in 2003, although I was an adjunct faculty member at Montgomery College for many years. I started teaching Human Structure and Function I & II (BI131 & 132) at the Takoma Park campus and then I taught Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II (BI204 & 205) at Prince Georgeís Community College and at Montgomery College (Takoma Park then Rockville). I have taught Principles of Biology (BI107) in addition to BI204 & 205 and General Biology (BI101). I received a Bachelor of Science degree from Drexel University in Philadelphia, then a Ph.D. degree in Neuroscience from the University of Rochester School of Medicine. Following postdoctoral research at the University of Toronto, I joined the National Institute on Aging at the NIH. I subsequently transferred to the NINDS at NIH before joining the Department of Pathology at George Washington University School of Medicine. I then started teaching at Montgomery College. My primary interests include cell and molecular biology, developmental biology and especially neurobiology. If I can be of any assistance in your study of biology, please visit me at my office - 119SW or on my web site http://www.montgomerycollege.edu/~jcosgrove.

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Dr. Kristin HensleyDr. Kristin Hensley    
Email: kristin.hensley@montgomerycollege.edu
Phone: 240-567-    ---     Office Room: SW 1
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I joined the biology department full time in the spring of 2008. Currently Iím teaching Human Anatomy and Physiology (BI 204 and BI 205). Prior to this position, I taught Principles of Biology I (BI 107) and General Biology lab (BI 101L) here at Montgomery College as an adjunct professor and Genetics & Bioethics at American University in Washington D.C. I hold a B.A. in biology from The University of Delaware, and Ph.D. in neuroscience from The University of Pennsylvania. I am broadly interested in sensory perception, how our neurons process sensory information to encode the world around us. For my doctoral work I studied retinal anatomy and neurophysiology. I researched how ganglion cells, the output neurons of the retina, transmit visual information through patterns of action potentials. During my free time I like to travel, surf, and cook. I enjoy talking with students outside of the classroom so feel free to stop by to visit (130SW).

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Professor Shawn LesterProfessor Shawn Lester    
Email: shawn.lester@montgomerycollege.edu
Phone: 240-567-5127    ---     Office Room: SE 112D
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Home Page: http://www.montgomerycollege.edu/~slester

I actually began my career here at MC as a student at the Germantown campus. I received my bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Then I returned to MC to work as the Instructional Lab Coordinator for Biology. After obtaining a master's degree in biomedical sciences from Hood College, I began to teach part-time here at MC and eventually I became a full-time faculty member. I teach General Biology (BI 101) during the day and Microbiology (BI 203) at night. I am also the course coordinator for Nutrition (BI 213) as a distance learning course on the web. Visit my WebPages at http://www.montgomerycollege.edu/~slester.

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Professor Bill OlexikProfessor Bill Olexik    
Email: william.olexik@montgomerycollege.edu
Phone: 240-567-5125    ---     Office Room: SE 112E
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Home Page: http://www.montgomerycollege.edu/~wolexik

I have been teaching at Montgomery College since the Fall of 1972. I taught four years before that, in Pennsylvania, Indiana and Kansas, before finding my permanent position here. I hold a BS in Zoology and an MS in Vertebrate Zoology, both from the University of Memphis. For most of my career, I have primarily taught Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II (BI-204 and BI-205). I have been the coordinator for these courses since 1980. My current teaching related projects are a major revision of the BI-204 laboratory manual and continued production of computer animations for lecture use. To unwind at home, I play banjo, guitar and setar (not sitar). Also, I enjoy drawing and painting. Visit my WebPages at http://www.montgomerycollege.edu/~wolexik.

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Dr. Aubrey SmithDr. Aubrey Smith    
Email: aubrey.smith@montgomerycollege.edu
Phone: 240-567-5126    ---     Office Room: SW 128
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I joined the faculty of the Department of Biology at Montgomery College-Rockville in the fall of 2007. Prior to my appointment, I taught at Howard Universityís College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Health. I also worked in the private sector as a support scientist in the field of biological and chemical hazard prediction. I hold a B.S. in chemistry from York College of the City University of New York and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Howard University. My dissertation research culminated in the isolation and sequencing of the phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase (pepc) gene of Synechococcus PCC 7002. The pepc gene was isolated for the first time in a marine cyanobacterium; the DNA sequence was a bit surprising and may shed some light on the true nature and origins or Synechococcus PCC 7002. The results of this research project will be published shortly; I am also working on another project involving comparative sequence analysis of proteins from marine and fresh-water cyanobacteria. I currently teach Principles of Biology (BI107). I am also the webmaster of The Tool Pigeon, a web site with links to useful bioinformatics tools for life scientists and physical scientists.

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Professor Jim SniezekProfessor Jim Sniezek    
Email: james.sniezek@montgomerycollege.edu
Phone: 240-567-5130    ---     Office Room: SW 131
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Home Page: http://www.montgomerycollege.edu/~jsniezek

Although Iíve been teaching for "a long time", I arrived at the Rockville Campus in Fall 2000. My teaching responsibilities include Principles of Biology I (BI 107); General Biology (BI101); and Natural Science of the Chesapeake Bay (BI109). Marine Biology, Protozoology (whatís that), and Environmental Science are the three areas of Biology that peak my interest. But wait; there is also Paleontology, Phylogeny, Immunology, Microbiology, Physiology and Botany. I guess all aspects of Biology peak my interest. After all, Life is an amazing process. I am ready to assist you in your educational endeavors so stop on by my office or send me an E-mail. If you want to see a picture of me visit my WebPages at http://www.montgomerycollege.edu/~jsniezek.

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Professor Rebecca ThomasProfessor Rebecca Thomas    
Email: rebecca.thomas@montgomerycollege.edu
Phone: 240-567-4224    ---     Office Room: SW 128
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Professor Sharon WardProfessor Sharon Ward    
Email: sharon.ward@montgomerycollege.edu
Phone: 240-567-5096    ---     Office Room: SE 112C
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I have been teaching at Montgomery College since 1995. I am the course coordinator of BI 105A (Environmental Biology) and BI 105B (Environmental Biology Lab). I currently teach all sections of BI 105A&B and BI 107 (Principles of Biology I) as well. I serve as the Montgomery College advisor for all students interested in transferring to the Environmental Science and Policy Program at University of Maryland College Park. My training is in plant ecology. I earned a B.S. in biology from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA and did my graduate work at University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa and Lakeside Laboratory in Milford, Iowa. In my spare time, I work as a volunteer stream quality monitor with the Audubon Naturalist Society.

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Dr. Gina WesleyDr. Gina Wesley    
Email: gina.wesley@montgomerycollege.edu
Phone: 240-567-5122    ---     Office Room: SW 119
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I earned my Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology from the University of Chicago. My focus is on evolution and the fossil record. Paleontology has taken me around the world including museum trips to Europe and South Africa and fossil expeditions to Madagascar, Mongolia and Ethiopia. One of my favorite aspects of science is the international experiences involved. At Montgomery College I try to share my enthusiasm for Science and I enjoy helping students discover how science is relevant to their lives.

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Ms. Liz BrandenburgMs. Liz Brandenburg, Instructional Lab Coordinator
Email: liz.brandenburg@montgomerycollege.edu
Phone: 240-567-5123     ---     Office Room: SW 134

I have been with Montgomery College for 35 years. For the past 29 years I have been an Instructional Assistant/Lab Coordinator. I support the labs and faculty needs for BI 101 and BI 107. I work with live animals, preserved animals, plants, chemicals, the budget and inventory. Outside of the department, I am the President of the MC Staff Union (AFSCME Local 2380) and am on many committees representing the views of the staff labor force at the college. Outside of the college, I enjoy nature, history, my family and being a Girl Scout Senior Advisor and Venture Crew Advisor. I love going on long distance bike rides. I believe in having fun at work. I try to keep everyone smiling, wherever and whenever possible. I am considered the social director and party meister. My motto: Lighten up...smile...have some chocolate!

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Mr. Sam ChatmonMr. Sam Chatmon, Instructional Lab Coordinator
Email: samuel.chatmon@montgomerycollege.edu
Phone: 240-567-7228     ---     Office Room: SW 134

I earned an M.S in Biomedical Sciences from Hood College and a B.S. in both Biochemistry and Microbiology from North Carolina State University.  I have extensive experience as a researcher and laboratory scientist in private industry and the US Army Research Institute for Infectious Diseases.  My research includes identification of Bacillus subtilis and Bacillus mycoides strains by MIDI whole cell fatty acid analysis and PCR and mutagenesis of Bacillus anthracis.

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Ms. Ya-Yu ShaoMs. Ya-Yu Shao, Instructional Lab Coordinator
Email: ya-yu.shao@montgomerycollege.edu
Phone: 240-567-7229     ---     Office Room: SW 113




Mr. Chris StandingMr. Chris Standing, Instructional Lab Coordinator
Email: chris.standing@montgomerycollege.edu
Phone: 240-567-5128     ---     Office Room: SW 113

I have a BS from St. Maryís College of Maryland 1989, Masterís Course work in Environmental Chemistry, and a Certificate from the Professional Culinary Career Training Program in 2003. I have worked for Montgomery College for over 12 years. I started as a part time instructional lab assistant for both the Biology and Chemistry departments at Montgomery Collegeís Germantown campus. After working at Germantown for 8 years, I was hired as an Instructional Lab Coordinator for the Biology Department at the Rockville Campus. My duties include preparing, purchasing supplies and supporting the labs for Ecology, Anatomy and Physiology and the second part of the majorís biology. Additionally, I am a trained Chef and an adjunct instructor in the culinary arts program at Frederick Community College. I am also the Chef/Owner of the Catering Company, Dining With Flare LLC.

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Ms. Valerie EdgarMs. Valerie Edgar, Administrative Aide
Email: valerie.edgar@montgomerycollege.edu
Phone: 240-567-5124     ---     Office Room: SW 112



The Biology Department employs several student aides in the labs and department office each fall, spring and summer. Check with the following people for available positions: 

  • For office help, call Ms. Valerie Edgar at 240-567-5124.
  • For lab help, call either Ms. Liz Brandenburg at 240-567-5123, Chris Standing at 240-567-5128, Ya-Yu Shao at 240-567-7229, or Sam Chatmon at 240-567-7228.

For a copy of the job description and an application form, follow this link to a printable form in Adobe® format.

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