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.
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.
Jade James is a graduate from the Soka University of America and holds a bachelor degree in Environmental Science. Her love for the environment comes from being raised at the base of a mountain in Oregon. She loves outdoors, especially fishing and camping. She had experiences in the science laboratory as well as teaching kids about the wildlife and environment. Jade enjoys educating kids and believes the best learning stems from fun! Bionerds is grateful to have her on the team.
Kaitlyn Ingram is an Educator Associate at Bionerds. After graduating from Biola University with a degree in Biological Sciences in 2014, Kaitlyn was successfully pursuing a career in medicine, until she realized her true passion was teaching biology! Kaitlyn has experience in academic research at the University of California, Irvine, and in the medical field working in various doctor offices. She loves sharing her passion for science with kids of all ages, and she looks forward to being a high school biology teacher one day. It is a pleasure to have Kaitlyn as a part of Bionerds’ 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.
Aleah Cornwell is an Educator Assistant for Bionerds and loves all things biology. Aleah has had an interest in biology since her freshman year of high school and will be receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences from University of California, Irvine in the Spring. 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.
Cara is starting her junior year at Tesoro High School this year. She is a varsity cheerleader and especially loves cheering at the school’s football games in the Fall. She also has enjoyed her science classes at school. Cara joins Bionerds this summer as an Educator Assistant. She is looking forward to helping the kids learn about Biology and living things. She is even happy to learn some new thing herself! It is a pleasure to have Cara in our team.
Clarence Reyes is an Educator Assistant at Bionerds. Clarence moved to California from Hawaii and began attending Orange Coast College. He became interested in biology and how the human body works. Clarence went through school to become an EMT and help people while learning more about general human biology. His interest for biology grows and will continue his education at UC Davis for his bachelor’s in biology and plans to pursue medicine in the long run. Bionerds is having a blast having him on the 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.
Taylor Cone is an Educator Assistant for Bionerds with an interest in all kinds of Biology. Taylor is going to UC Davis to achieve a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutritional Biology or Global Disease Biology to eventually pursue a career as a dentist. Taylor loves working with kids and recognizing that they have an interest in biology at such a young age. Working with Bionerds gives her the opportunity to help expose young learners to think like scientists and appreciate the world of science. It is a pleasure for Bionerds to have her in the team.