Faculty and Staff

Kimberly Raun, B.A., M.S.

Department Head, Biology

Office:Wharton campus, Science-228B
Phone: (979) 532-6405
Email: kimberlyr@wcjc.edu
Faculty Website: http://facultyweb.wcjc.edu/kraun

Mrs. Raun received her B.A. degree and teacher certification from Texas A&M University.  She taught high school for two years and then earned her B.S. degree from the University of Houston at Clear Lake.  Mrs. Raun has been a full-time instructor for Wharton County Junior College since 1997, where she has taught Anatomy & Physiology as well as General Biology.  She currently teaches Microbiology and Pathophysiology.  Mrs. Raun won the Faculty of the Year Award in 2012 and received the WCJC Excellence in Teaching Award in 2013. 


Andrew Berezin, B.S., M.S.

Instructor of Biology

Office: SUGUH-230
Phone: (281) 243-8591
Email: berezina@wcjc.edu 
Faculty Website: http://facultyweb.wcjc.edu/aberezin

Mr. Berezin received his B.S. degree from Sul Ross State Univeristy in 2007. After graduation he immediately began work on his Master’s degree at Sul Ross. While a graduate student, Andrew conducted ecological research on the American black bear in Big Bend National Park, TX and participated in a Saltcedar biological control program along the Rio Grande. Mr. Berezin completed his graduate studies in 2009.Mr. Berezin began as a full time instructor for Wharton County Junior College in 2010. He is currently teaching BIOL 1406 and BIOL 1407.


Dr. Archna Bhasin, B.A., Ph.D. 

Instructor of Biology

Office: SUGUH-242
Phone: (281) 243-8556
Email: bhasina@wcjc.edu

Dr. Bhasin received her B.A. in Biochemistry at the University of Texas– Austin and her Ph.D. in Biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As a graduate student, she studied DNA transposition. After graduate school, Dr. Bhasin joined the U.S. Peace Corps and served as an Environmental Educator in the Philippines for two years. She returned to the University of Wisconsin-Madison to complete a Postdoctoral fellowship in Bacteriology during which she studied a bacterium-nematode symbiosis. She continued this research as a Microbiology professor at Valdosta State University in Georgia for six years before returning to Houston.


Johnson Cherukara, B.S., M.S.

Instructor of Biology 

Office: SUGUH-228
Phone: (281) 243-8462
Email: cherukaraj@wcjc.edu
Faculty Website: http://facultyweb.wcjc.edu/jcherukara

Mr.Cherukara received his B.S degree in 1985 from Bangalore University, India. He then earned his M.S degree in Zoology from Kumaun University, India. He started his teaching career as a lecturer in Zoology at St. Stephen's College in Kerala, India. He also worked as an associate teacher in the Houston Independent School District. He has been working with Wharton County Junior College as an adjunct instructor of Biology since 2005. He currently teaches Anatomy & Physiology and General Biology courses.


John Dettling, B.S., M.S.

Instructor of Biology

Office: Wharton campus, Science-110
Phone: (979) 532-6314
Email: johnd@wcjc.edu
Faculty Website: http://facultyweb.wcjc.edu/JDettling

Mr. Dettling began his teaching career in 1988 at Southside High School in San Antonio, Texas after graduating from Texas A&M University. After teaching in San Antonio for two years, Mr. Dettling attended Southwest Texas State University where he worked as lab instructor and completed coursework towards a masters degree in Biology. Mr. Dettling taught 9 years at Louise High School before joining WCJC as a full-time Biology instructor in 2001.He currently teaches Anatomy and Physiology.


Kevin Dees, B.S., M.S.

Instructor of Biology/ Division Chair, Math and Science

Office: Wharton campus,  Science – S228A
Phone: (979) 532-6460
Email: kevind@wcjc.edu
Faculty Website: http://facultyweb.wcjc.edu/kdees

Mr. Dees is an alumnus of Texas State University - San Marcos withB.S. in Wildlife Biology ('91) and a M.S. in biology ('94). His graduate research focused on northern bobwhite reproduction and ecology. Following graduation and several years as a professional wildlife biologist, he joined the WCJC faculty in 1996. He has taught General Biology, Environmental Biology, Vertebrate Anatomy, Human Anatomy and Physiology and Wildlife Management courses during his time at WCJC.


Candace Doriski, B.S., M.S.

Instructor of Biology

Office: FBTC campus,TC-2401
Phone: (281) 239-1579 
Email: CandaceD@wcjc.edu
Faculty Website: http://facultyweb.wcjc.edu/cdoriski

Ms. Doriski is a native of Arkansas where she obtained a B.S. degree in Biology from ATU. She attended LSU and obtained a Master of Science degree in Microbiology. Ms. Doriski worked in a research and development lab for ExxonMobil in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, for 10 years before moving to Texas. She taught at WCJC as an adjunct instructor for three years before becoming a full-time faculty member in 2005. Her classes include General Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, and Microbiology.


Purti Gadkari, B.S., M.S.

Instructor of Biology

Office: SUGUH-223
Phone: (281) 243-8518
Email: purtig@wcjc.edu
Faculty Website: http://facultyweb.wcjc.edu/pgadkari

Ms. Gadkari received her M.S. in Biological Sciences from The University of Cincinnati in 1987. She then worked as a research assistant in the Department of Neonatology at the Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.There, her research focused on Respiratory Distress Syndrome in infants using biotechnology. She worked as an adjunct faculty at Lima Technical College and as a full-time faculty at Owens Community College in Toledo. Since her move to Texas in 1997, Ms. Gadkari has worked at Houston Community College and at Wharton County Junior College as adjunct faculty. In 2001, she began her current full-time position at Wharton County Junior College’s Sugar Land campus. She has taught Biology, Human Anatomy and Physiology, and Nutrition.


 

 Pramila Gurrala, B.S., M.S., M.D.

Instructor of Biology

Office: SUGUH-243
Phone: (281) 243-8552
Email: pramilag@wcjc.edu
Faculty Website: http://facultyweb.wcjc.edu/pgurrala

Ms.Gurrala received her Bachelor’s in Chemistry and Biology from Nagarjuna University and her Master’s in Chemistry from Kanpur University, India.She also completed an M.D. degree from Spartan Health Sciences University, St. Lucia and worked in a research and development lab while pursuing graduate studies at Texas Southern University. 

Ms.Gurrala’s teaching experience began at Vivekananda Junior College, India. She also worked as a Biochemistry professor for Spartan Health Sciences University, St. Lucia.She joined Wharton County Junior College and Houston Community College as an adjunct instructor in 2001.Ms. Gurrala has been at WCJC as a full-time instructor since 2003 and has taught Introductory Chemistry, Chemistry I and II, and Biology I and II. She currently teaches Microbiology, Anatomy & Physiology, and Nutrition.

 


  Jennifer Jeffery, B.S., M.S.

Instructor of Biology

Office: Wharton campus, Science-117
Phone: (979) 532-6934 
Email: jenniferj@wcjc.edu
Faculty Website: http://facultyweb.wcjc.edu/JJeffery

Ms. Jeffery has been a biology instructor with Wharton County Junior College since 1999. She earned her B.S. degree at Sam Houston State University with a double major in Biology and Environmental Science. Her M.S. degree is from Texas Tech University where both her research and teaching emphasized the field of ecology. In addition, Ms. Jeffery is a sponsor of the WCJC’s biology club. 


Dr. Sherry King, M.S., PhD

Instructor of Biology

Office: FBTC campus,TC-2401
Phone: (281) 239-1578 
Email: kingsh@wcjc.edu
Faculty Website: http://facultyweb.wcjc.edu/shking

Dr. King received her Bachelor’s from Howard Payne University, and her Master’s and Ph.D. in Zoology (with a specialty in Genetics) from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. While completing her degrees at Arizona State, she was a teaching assistant, research assistant, an NDEA fellow, NIH fellow, and Lecturer in Genetics. Dr. King’s Ph.D. research and dissertation investigated the genetics of geotactic behavior in Drosophila melanogaster

Dr. King also completed a preceptorship in Genetic Counseling at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics and worked as a Genetic Counselor in Amarillo, TX. Dr. King has had extensive college teaching experience at both the community college and university levels. Her prior teaching experience began at Haigazian College in Beirut, Lebanon and includes teaching posts at Howard Payne University, Trinity Valley Community College, Boise State University, and Amarillo College. Dr. King began teaching at Wharton County Junior College in 2007. She currently teaches Anatomy and Physiology.


Amanda Smith, B.S., M.S.

 Instructor of Biology

Office: SUGUH-214A
Phone: (281) 243-8506
Email: smitha@wcjc.edu

Mrs. Smith received her B.S. degree from University of Texas at Austin. She then obtained a Master of Science degree in Biology from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. Her graduate research focused on methods of identifying sources of fecal contamination in Texas waterways. Mrs. Smith began teaching as an adjunct for the University of Alaska Southeast and joined Wharton County Junior College as a full-time faculty member in 2014. Her classes include General Biology and Anatomy and Physiology.


 

Rosella Tucker, B.S., M.S. 

Instructor of Biology

Office: SUGUH-249
Phone: (281) 243-8559
Email: tuckerr@wcjc.edu

Mrs. Tucker received her B.S. degree from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone in 1978. She earned her M.S. degree in Forest Resource Management in 1989 from University of Edinburgh, Scotland. She started her teaching career as a high school science teacher in Sierra Leone and later taught at the University of Sierra Leone. Mrs. Tucker has also worked as a high school science teacher and administrator in Wisconsin. She has been teaching at Lone Star College since 2012 and joined WCJC in 2014 as an instructor of General Biology.

 


  Doug Walker, B.A., M.A.

Instructor of Biology

Office: Wharton campus, Science-107
Phone: (979) 532-6313 
Email: dougw@wcjc.edu
Faculty Website:

Mr. Walker received his B.A. from T.C.U. and his M.A. from S.M.U.He also did PhD graduate studies at U.T. Health Science Center in San Antonio. Mr. Walker began teaching at WCJC in 1982 and is an instructor of Anatomy and Physiology.  He currently teaches Anatomy & Physiology and Nutrition.


Dr. Wendy Waters, M.S., PhD

Instructor of Biology 

Office: Wharton campus, Science-112
Phone: (979) 532-6406
Email: watersw@wcjc.edu
Faculty Website: http://facultyweb.wcjc.edu/wwaters

Dr. Waters received her B.S. in Animal Science, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Reproductive Physiology from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.  While pursuing her advanced degrees, she was a teaching assistant and assistant lecturer for a senior level reproductive physiology course. 

Dr. Waters has extensive work experience in the biological field with Krug Life Sciences, Inc., as a Scientist, with Baylor College of Medicine as a Research Associate and as an Assistant Professor, and with Wyle Laboratories, Inc., as a Senior Scientist. All were government-contracted positions assigned to support the Cardiovascular Laboratory at NASA Johnson Space Center. She pursued research interests focusing on the effect of spaceflight on the regulation of blood pressure in astronauts as well as gender differences on the regulation of blood pressure. Dr. Waters became a full-time faculty member at WCJC in 2006. She currently teaches Anatomy & Physiology


Part-Time Instructors

Nissi Abraham, B.S, M.S.

Email: abrahamn@wcjc.edu

Mrs. Abraham received her B.S. in Botany and a minor in Chemistry and Zoology from Kerala University, India. She attended Texas Southern University where she was awarded a B.S in Biology in 2009. While she was at TSU she worked as a science tutor and received the best tutor award from the Student Support Program for 2010. She also worked as a Biology lab instructor while completing coursework towards a master’s degree in Biology in 2012. During her master’s program she worked on a collaborative program with NASA and TSU. Once she attained her graduate degree she worked as a Clinical Research Coordinatorin the Houston area. She is currently a Biology 1 instructor.

 


Dr. Gideon Adjei, GCE (A-Level), BS, MS, PhD

Email:  adjeig@wcjc.edu

Dr. Adjei received his General Certificate of Education (GCE, Advanced Level from the University of London, UK in 1969, and a BS degree from Texas A&M University in 1975.  Dr. Adjei then worked for  a year in Bayport, Texas as a Quality Control Technician.  He then pursued a Master of Science Degree at Oklahoma State University, where he earned his MS degree in 1978.  After completing his MS degree, Dr. Adjei was gainfully employed by an international environmental consulting firm in Houston.  Subsequently, he was admitted to pursue a doctorate degree at the University of Arizona, where he completed his Ph.D. in 1982.  Subsequently, Dr. Adjei served as Associate Professor of Biology at Texas Southern University, while simultaneously pursuing post-doctoral studies in Hypertensive Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Houston, Central campus.  Dr. Adjei has also served as Adjunct Professor of Biology at three community colleges in the greater Houston area, and is the  grand student of the internationally acclaimed Soil Physicist, Dr. Don Kirkham.  Dr. Adjei is currently teaching Biology 1322, 2401, and 2402.

 


Dr. Julie Crider, M.S.; PhD

Email: criderj@wcjc.edu

Dr. Crider holds BS (Zoology) and MS (Natural Science) degrees from Oklahoma State University. While pursuing her MS degree, she was a research and teaching assistant in the Zoology department. Dr. Crider graduated from the University of North Texas Health Science Center with a PhD in Pharmacology in 1994. She worked at Alcon Laboratories, an ophthalmic pharmaceutical and device company, for over 20 years as a senior scientist, senior medical writer, and publications manager. Her main area of research focus was the exploration of new therapies for treating glaucoma. She became a part-time instructor for WCJC in 2013 and currently teaches Anatomy & Physiology.


 

Diana Frankson, B.S., M.S.

Email:  franksond@wcjc.edu

Mrs. Diana Frankson received her B.S. degree and teacher certification from Texas A&M University at College Station and her M.S. degree from University of Nebraska.  She has been an instructor for Bay City High School for 34 years and a WCJC adjunct instructor since 2002.  She currently teaches General Biology and Anatomy & Physiology for WCJC at Bay City High School within their Dual Credit program. 


Catherine Kellner, B.S., M.S.

Email:  kellnerc@wcjc.edu

Catherine Kellner received her B.S. degree and teacher certification from the University of Houston and a Diploma in Nursing from Memorial Hospital in Houston.  She worked as a school nurse for twenty-five years.  In 2003, she earned a Masters in Nutrition from Mississippi State.  Ms. Kellner has been a part-time instructor for Wharton County Junior College since 2005, currently teaching Nutrition.


Billy Sowa, B.S., M.S.

Instructor of Biology -Temporary full time

Office: SUGUH-227
Phone: (281) 243-8559
Email: sowab@wcjc.edu

Mr. Sowa received his Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Education and secondary teacher certification from Sam Houston State University in 1991. Later he earned his Master of Science degree in Biological Science from University of Houston – Clear Lake in 2007. During this time he participated in two post-graduate research studies on the Amazon River. He has taught a variety of horticulture and biology courses for Alvin Community College since 2000. He joined Wharton County Junior College Biology Department as a part-time instructor in 2011. He is currently a temporary full time instructor teaching general biology and anatomy and physiology courses

 

 

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