Diana Dizon is the co-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 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.
Ryan Dizon is the co-founder and Film Director at Bionerds. Ryan is attending University of California, Riverside, and has been extensively working in Film and Broadcasting program at his schools since he’s a 7th grader. He enjoys helping Bionerds to grow by giving feedbacks from student’s perspective, to assist teachers in class, and to create/edit films and videos captured or used for education throughout the program at home. He is excited to share his talent and effort to bring Bionerds to the next level.
Nicole Dizon is the co-founder and Educator Assistant at Bionerds. Nicole is currently attending high school and has been extensively helping Bionerds since the beginning. She contributed many ideas to the company from the start. She is currently taking many science classes at school and hoping to be a nutritionist one day. She enjoys working with teachers and students in class. When not working, she is busy running for her school’s Cross Country and Track & Field team.
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.
Anika Kenion is an Educator Associate who received a BA in Integrative Biology from University of California, Berkeley, with an emphasis on Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology. She taught for several summers in the Ocean Sciences Program with the Prevent Drowning Foundation of San Diego and spent the last year as an educator at SeaWorld San Diego. She also spent a year in Puerto Rico mentoring college students and engaging in relief work. In addition to teaching at Bionerds, she develops curriculum and teaches ocean science with Sally Ride Science @ UCSD Extension. In her free time, she loves singing, writing and reading poetry and spending time with loved ones. She is passionate about exploring the world of biology with students and creating learning spaces to inspire growth, compassion and challenge. Bionerds is fortunate to have her on our team.
Ashley is an Educator Assistant at Bionerds and is currently an undergraduate student at the University of California, Irvine. She is working towards her degrees in Education and Psychology, with minors in Biology and Sociology. Ashley has worked in school settings ranging from K-4 classrooms, schools for students with special needs, and high school counseling, and she hopes to become a high school science teacher. She believes that with the right resources and support, every young scientist can pursue their dreams, and she is excited to spark that joy in young students. Bionerds is excited to have her on our team.
Chandler Dunham is an Educator Associate at Bionerds. She received her Bachelors of Science degree in Human Biology from the University of California, Merced. Chandler has many years of experience working with children, from spending years volunteering for her church youth programs as well as working as a Direct Support Professional for those with special needs. Along with this, she spent two years tutoring the collegiate athletes at her University. With these experiences, she’s found a passion for helping others, teaching, and continuously learning. During her free time, she loves catching up on sleep, working out, and trying new food places! Bionerds is grateful to have her in our team.
Elizabeth Mesic is an Educator Associate who graduated from University of Minnesota with a Bachelors of Science degree in Biological Sciences and Public Health. She has years of experience working with kids. She went on to work with a laboratory technology company where she worked with laboratories all over the United States on their purification processes. After observing the after-school programs at her child’s school, she jumped at the chance to share science with kids in a fun, hands on way. She enjoys the excitement kids bring to science and loves to see that interest grow. Bionerds is fortunate to have her on the 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.
Janiel is an Educator Associate who graduated from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa with a Bachelor’s (BA) degree in Public Health and a minor in Biology. He is pursuing a Master of Education in Teaching and a CA teaching credential. Janiel has years of experience in both healthcare and working with children. He served in the U.S. Navy for six years as a Hospital Corpsman working in Pediatrics and with the U.S. Marines. While pursuing his degree, he worked as a Teaching Assistant in a preschool and as a Peer Mentor with college freshmen. He had planned to pursue a career in medicine but realized his true calling was in education. Most recently, he worked as an Elementary Teacher teaching Math, Science, and Social Science. He hopes to inspire students to learn and help them find their meaning of success. In his free time, he enjoys rooting for the Lakers or the Rams, watching movies/TV shows, and looking for places to add to his “To-eat List”. Bionerds is fortunate to have him with the team.
Sarah ChristianScher is an Education Associate at Bionerds. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Organismal Biology from Chapman University and her Master of Science degree in Biology from Cal Poly Pomona. Sarah has been teaching at community colleges in Southern California for the past three years, but prior to that, she worked as a substitute teacher for kindergarteners to 8th graders. Sarah believes all children are born to be scientists, and that curiosity about our world and how it works should be nurtured from an early age. Bionerds is so excited to have her to bring science to kids of all ages.
Simona Bor is an Educator Associate at Bionerds. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Cal State Fullerton and Masters in Biomedical Sciences with an emphasis on Developmental Biology from Harvard University. During graduate school, Simona taught students of all ages, from elementary school to high school to undergraduate students. She is excited to help kids think like scientists as they ask about the world around them. Bionerds is fortunate to have her on the team.
Wendy Ochi is an Educator Associate at Bionerds. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and Science at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She teaches science at the Ocean Institute, California State University, Long Beach Young Scientist’s camp and Discovery Science in Orange County. Wendy attended California State University, Fullerton where she took courses toward a single-subject credential. Her educational experience at CSUF validated her love of learning science and her desire to teach the subject. Wendy is passionate about mentoring young people, especially girls, and encourages them to pursue rewarding careers in the STEM field. When not teaching science, she enjoys photography, sports and considers herself a “foodie” who loves trying new eateries. Bionerds is excited to have her on our team.