UFRI Fellow, Calderon 2016

CalderonOlga Calderon, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Natural Sciences
LaGuardia Community College, CUNY
Long Island City, New York
Undergraduate Faculty Research Initiative (UFRI) Fellow
Award year: 2016
Conference: ASM Microbe


Dr. Calderón is an assistant professor of Biology and Microbiology at LaGuardia Community College (CUNY). As the course coordinator of Microbiology, she started incorporating research in the classroom in an effort to improve pedagogy and how students learn science. She conducts biological research at the City College of New York and LaGuardia on environmental entomology and plant-insect-microbe associations of species from Amazonia and Temperate zones. Her pedagogical research focusses on the role of emotions and mindfulness in the science classroom. She is interested in increasing the participation of minorities and women in STEM careers. Dr. Calderon is currently conducting research with two students that involves Metagenomics of organic and non-organic produce, and isolation and purification of antibacterial compounds from spices and their effects on dental disease-causing bacteria.


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