Biology & Health Science at College of San Mateo - Meet the Faculty
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Biology & Health Science
Meet the Faculty

Full-time Faculty

Kathy Diamond 

Paul Hankamp
Theresa Martin 

Christopher Smith 
Javier Silva
Associate Professor

Huy Tran 

Adjunct Faculty

Karen Bloom
Maria Carrasco Reyes
Anne Gearhart
Irina Krylova
Eileen Mackusick
Lakshmikanta Sengupta
Wendy Whyte
Douglas Woods
Shaye Zahedi

Kathy Diamond, Professor of Biology Kathy Diamond, Ph.D., Professor of Biology 
Telephone: (650) 574-6602
Office: 36-205F

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., Professor of Biology
Telephone: (650) 574-6626
Office: 36-205B

Paul Hankamp has a Master's degree in Biology with concentration in Plant 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
(650) 574-6252
Office: 36 - 205B

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.
Chris Smith, Professor of BiologyChristopher Smith, Ph.D., Professor of Biology
Telephone: (650) 574-6516
Office: 36-205E

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.
Javier Silva, Associate Professor of BiologyJavier Silva, Associate Professor of Biology

Javier Silva attended San Francisco State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and later with a Master of Science in Physiology and Behavioral Biology. As a grad student, he was fortunate enough to be accepted by the Student Enrichment Opportunities program at SFSU. He received NIH funding to research catecholamine stress hormones. During his study, he also worked for the National Park Service and Eastbay Regional Park Service. This is where his appreciation for the outdoors grew. To recharge and maintain focus, he enjoys going to places like Zion National Park in Utah.
Huy Tran, Professor of BiologyHuy Tran, M.S., Professor of Biology
(650) 574-6241
Office: 36-205C

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.

Emeritus Faculty

Carlene Tonini-Boutacoff
Tania Beliz

Tania Beliz, Professor of Biology Tania Beliz, Ph. D., Professor of Biology
Telephone: (650) 574-6248
Office: 36-205A

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.
Carlene Tonini-Boutacoff, Professor of BiologyCarlene Tonini-Boutacoff, M.S., Professor of Biology
(650) 574-6250
Office: 36-205D

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.