Diana Dizon is the founder and president of Bionerds. Biology has been her passion ever since she can remember. She thinks the human body is a very fascinating machinery. She earned her bachelor degree in Medical Microbiology with a minor in Chemistry from California State University, Long Beach. Then, she continued her academic journey to earn a Master of Science degree in Biotechnology from the University of California, Irvine. She co-authored several publications related to her field. She is also a mother of two young children who are curious about everything. Spending more than 16 years combined in pharmaceuticals, academic research and manufacturing department has only deepened her love for biology. Now she is excited to be sharing her passion, expertise, and experience with the younger generation.
Sopheap Phin, Ph.D., is the curriculum consultant at Bionerds. She helps develop our curriculum, which is guided by the California Department of Education standard and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematic (STEM) Program. She earned her bachelor degree in Medical Microbiology and Molecular Biology from California State University, Long Beach and her doctorate degree in Developmental Biology from the University of California, Irvine. She authored numerous publications in her field and has experience teaching students from the elementary to the college level. She is very passionate about science as well as sharing her enthusiasm for biology. Bionerds is very grateful to have her on board.
Lori Fallon is an Educator Director at Bionerds. She earned her bachelor degree in Biology from Merrimack College, and her Master of Science in Biology from the University of Massachusetts. She has many years of science experience from DNA research to High School Biology teacher. She is a mom of two teenagers who keep her busy and she is having a great time spending time with and teaching lessons to all of our future Bionerds. Bionerds is fortunate to have her on the team.
Aleah Cornwell is an Educator Associate for Bionerds and loves all things biology. Aleah has had an interest in biology since her freshman year of high school and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences from University of California, Irvine. She believes that biology can be both fun and informative, and hopes to help foster the educational interests of the young scientists she works with. It is a great pleasure to have Aleah in our team.
Allison Ong is an Educator Associate for Bionerds. She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, with a major in Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics plus a minor in English. She has worked on public health projects in Mexico and taught at kids’ summer camps in her hometown of Anaheim, experiences that have showed her the incredible impact education has on any mind curious to learn. She hopes to pursue a career in medicine, public health, teaching, or a combination of the above! She also has a passion for journalism and keeping others informed of bizarre science news – be sure to follow Bionerds on social media, where she writes behind the scenes. Bionerds is grateful to have her on the team.
Cheryl Scott is an Educator Associate at Bionerds. After graduating from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degrees in Geology, Cheryl pursued her career as an Exploration Geologist and Environmental Geologist for many years, including being a part of the Shell Oil Company team. She continued her career as an entrepreneur before she realized she had a passion for teaching. She then followed her dream and teach K-12 students for many years. She loves sharing her passion for science with our young Bionerds. It is a blast to have Cheryl as a part of Bionerds’ team.
David Durtschi is an Educator Associate at Bionerds. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia, with a Bachelors degree in Biological Sciences. He has 20 years of experience in Molecular Biology and Genomics research from prestigious institutions such as Yale University, Oak Ridge National Laboratories, and the University of California-Irvine. He has one 11-year-old daughter who also loves science. After volunteering during the after-school programs at his daughter’s school for two years, he discovered a passion for teaching children. He plans to continue teaching and passing on his knowledge and expertise to our next generation of scientists. Bionerds is fortunate to have David in our team.
Eric Fan is an Educator Associate who graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a Masters (MS) degree in Biology and a Bachelors (BS) degree in Biological Science at the University of California, Davis. He has years of experience in marine biology and cancer research. He enjoys science because it is a field of study where he can always learn something new about the world around him. He enjoys playing music and maintaining his planted aquarium during his free time. While pursuing his Master’s degree he discovered a passion for teaching. He enjoys seeing the excitement in his students’ eyes when they learn something new, and he hopes that he can inspire the next generation of young biologists! Bionerds is fortunate to have him in the team.
Jessica Ballard is an Educator Associate at Bionerds. She received her degree in Biological Science with a concentration in Marine Biology from California State University, Fullerton. Jessica has years of experience in marine biology research and education, which motivated her to spread this passion by teaching biology to students. She hopes to give students a positive experience in biology and encourage them to apply those skills in the future. Bionerds is grateful to have her in the team.
Joshua Mckinley is an Educator Associate who graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Science (concentration in Cellular Biology). He has years of experience in marine biology research, mentoring and teaching. He enjoys science because it allows us as a society to think critically and answer life’s important mysteries. He also plays piano during his free time. Joshua has a passion for mentoring youth and allowing them to reach success. Bionerds is fortunate to have him in the team.
Melanie Leong is an Educator Associate at Bionerds. She graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Wildlife Biology. During her time as an undergraduate, she discovered her passion for teaching through helping students understand basic biology concepts as a laboratory teaching assistant, mentoring high school freshman with their own scientific research projects, and leading outdoor education programs for elementary school children. She loves getting students excited about biology by making it fun and engaging through hands-on activities. Bionerds is grateful to have her on the team.
Sameera Rangwala is an Educator Associate at Bionerds. She has a passion for all things science. She earned her bachelor degree in Biology with a minor in Family Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park. She continued her academic journey to earn a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Biostatistics from the University of Maryland as well. Not long after, she earned another Master’s degree in Biotechnology from the University of Maryland. Sameera has 15 plus years in the industry field. She is also a mother of three young children who naturally love science and technology. She hopes to teach, inspire, and ignite a passion for science in the next generation of world changers. Sameera is a pleasure to have in the Bionerds team.
Fabian Pardo is an Educator Assistant for Bionerds with a strong passion for Biology. Fabian wants to pursue a career in Marine Biology and is currently working to obtain his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology at California State University, Fullerton. Fabian believes that exposing children to the world of Biology helps them develop their potential, especially at a young age. Working with Bionerds gives him the opportunity to share his knowledge with the children. Fabian is a wonderful addition to the Bionerds team.
Josephine is an Educator Assistant for Bionerds. She finds biology to be a very interesting subject. She is attending Irvine Valley College to pursue her bachelor degree in Psychology. She also loves music, playing a violin during her free time. She enjoys working with all students of Bionerds and is excited to work with more future young Bionerds. Bionerds has a blast having her in the team.