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Biology & Health Science
Meet the Faculty

Full-time Faculty


Tania Beliz 
Professor

Kathy Diamond
 
Professor

Paul Hankamp
 
Associate Professor
Theresa Martin 
Professor

Lakshmikanta Sengupta
Associate Professor

Christopher Smith
 
Professor

Carlene Tonini-Boutacoff
Professor

Huy Tran 
Associate Professor

 

Adjunct Faculty


Lin Bowie  
Wendy Whyte
Shaye Zahedi
     



Tania Beliz, Professor of Biology Tania Beliz, Ph. D., Professor of Biology
Telephone: (650) 574-6248
Office: 36-205A
Email: beliz@smccd.edu
Office Hours

Website

Tania Beliz holds a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley. Her training as a biologist/naturalist started at an early age growing up at her grandparents' farm. Gardening, photography, nature walks, cooking, and reading murder mysteries are some of her hobbies.
Kathy Diamond, Professor of Biology Kathy Diamond, Ph.D., Professor of Biology 
Telephone: (650) 574-6602
Office: 36-205F
Email: diamondk@smccd.edu

Kathy Diamond was born in San Francisco. Starting college as an undeclared major torn between philosophy and French literature, she became overwhelmed by curiosity and completed a B.A. in Biology at U.C. Santa Cruz, an M.A. in Zoology at UCLA and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry at UCSF. She did research and lectured at UCLA until discovering the superior lower-division science education offered by community colleges. Kathy loves teaching CSM students, hiking, walking, gardening, movies, novels, family and friends. And chocolate.
Paul HankampPaul Hankamp, M.S., Associate Professor of Biology
Telephone: (650) 574-6626
Office: 36-205B
Email: hankampp@smccd.edu

Paul Hankamp has a Master's degree in Biology with concentration in Ecology and Systematics from San Francisco State University. He specializes in botany and has spent recent years teaching students in the field, classroom and laboratory. At CSM, Paul teaches Biology, Botany, and Environmental Science, both online and on campus. He has passion for bringing active learning strategies into the classroom and motivation to share his enthusiasm with students.
Theresa Martin, Professor of BiologyTheresa Martin, M.S., Professor of Biology
Telephone:
(650) 574-6252
Office: 36 - 205B
Email: martin@smccd.edu
Office Hours
Website

Theresa Martin teaches Human Anatomy and Physiology. Her fascination with the human body began as a competitive runner and coach. She received Master's degrees in Exercise Science and Endocrinology from UC Davis and UC Berkeley, respectively. She enjoys working with students to prepare them for careers in allied health. In her free time she raises two young children and enjoys the outdoors.
Lakshmikanta Sengupta, Ph.D.Lakshmikanta Sengupta, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology
Office: 36-205C
Email: senguptal@smccd.edu

He wants his students to leave his classes more "awake" than when they came in. He engages students using diverse active learning strategies [role playing, concept mapping, think-pair-share, case studies, storyboarding, poster sessions and presentations]. His main goal is to encourage independent and group thinking and analytical reasoning to augment their problem solving skills, thus encouraging them to not just memorize. The key is to relate to the audience by starting from what they know and building upon it. His favorite approach is: "If you don't have any questions, I have some for you". Sengupta's teaching areas include genetics, biotechnology, general biology, human biology and human anatomy and physiology. He has 32 publications in peer reviewed journals. He is currently active with CCB FEST [Community College Biology Faculty Enhancement through Scientific Teaching] - a NSF sponsored program for enhancing pedagogical expertise among community college biology instructors (CCBI) through scientific teaching. In addition to mentoring students, he likes nature, photography, walking, and gardening.
Chris Smith, Assistant Professor of BiologyChristopher Smith, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology
Telephone: 378-7301 ext. 19146
Office: 36-205E
Email: smithchris@smccd.edu

Christopher Smith's professional interests include microbiology, immunology and pharmacology.  He was raised in Massachusetts, where he attended Suffolk University in Boston and the University of Massachusetts earning first a B.S. and then an M.S. in Biology.  After earning a Ph.D. from the Biochemistry Department of the Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, he worked for several years as a research scientist in the pharmaceutical industry.  His approach to scientific education is that Science is just as much critical thinking as a collection of facts to memorize.  Chris hopes to bring his enthusiasm for scientific inquiry to the classroom.
Carlene Tonini-Boutacoff, Professor of BiologyCarlene Tonini-Boutacoff, M.S., Professor of Biology
Telephone:
(650) 574-6250
Office: 36-205D
Email: tonini@smccd.edu

Carlene Tonini's teaching areas include general biology for nonmajors and majors and human anatomy and physiology. For the past 35 years she has been very active in teaching and learning activities in the sciences. Her experience ranges from middle school science curriculum developer to many years in the community college scene including Napa College, Canada College and College of San Mateo. She has also been a content expert and contributor to a number of college biology textbooks, laboratory manuals and ancillaries. Her current project includes the Biology Curriculum Enhancement Project (BioCEPT), a National Science Foundation funded curriculum improvement project at the College of San Mateo. When not in the classroom or office, Professor Tonini can be found on the tennis courts or ski slopes and trails of the Sierras.
Huy Tran, Assistant of BiologyHuy Tran, M.S., Associate Professor of Biology
Telephone:
(650) 574-6241
Office: 36-205C
Email: tranh@smccd.edu
Office Hours

Huy Tran was born in Vietnam and came to the United States in 1975. He grew up in southern California and spent much of his childhood in his backyard catching creep-crawly critters with his brothers. He received his Bachelor's of Science in Biology from the University of California, San Diego and his Master's of Science in Biology from California State University, Hayward (East Bay). When he's not making life difficult for his students in class you can usually find him hiking on one of the many trails in the greater Bay Area. Besides his love for anything science-related, Huy's other interests include photography, art, camping and distance running.
Wendy Whyte, Assistant Professor of BiologyWendy Whyte, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology
Telephone:
(650) 378-7301 ext. 19425
Office: 36-205E
Email: whytew@smccd.edu

A former CSM student, "Dr. Wendy" is living proof there is life after Community College. Dr. Wendy went to College of San Mateo (Chemistry major) and transferred to UC Berkeley (Go Bears!).She has an A.B. in Biochemistry. Her M.S., Ph.D. is in Molecular Genetics from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx NY. Research experience includes metabolism of anticancer drugs and mechanisms of gamete formation. When she isn't teaching or prepping for classes, she volunteers for Foster City's Education Advisory Committee, hangs out with her family, and communes with the great outdoors by day hiking or skiing.
Shayne Zahedi, Assitant Professor of BiologyShaye Zahedi, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology
Telephone: (650) 574-6240
Office: 36-205F
Email: zahedi@smccd.edu

Shaye Zahedi is an instructor of Biology at CSM. She teaches introductory biology and health science.