Kimberly Raun, B.A., M.S.
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 M.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.
Mr. Berezin received his B.S. degree from Sul Ross State University 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
Phone: (281) 243-8556
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. Dr. Bhasin joined WCJC as a full-time instructor of Microbiology and General Biology in 2014.
Johnson Cherukara, B.S., M.S.
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 Microbiology courses.
John Dettling, B.S., M.S.
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.
Mr. Dees is an alumnus of Texas State University - San Marcos with a B.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.
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 Exxon Mobil 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.
Ike Flanagin, B.S., M.S.
Instructor of Biology
Office: FBTC -240 -I
Phone: (281) 239-1578
Mr. Flanagin received his B.S. ('90) and M.S. ('94) degrees in biology from the University of Texas at Arlington where he conducted research on algae reproduction, fluid blance in toads, snake cardiovascular physiology, caecilian respiration, and oxygen consumption in toad erythrocytes. Just prior to graduation, Mr. Flanagin accepted employment at Tarrant County Junior College in 1993 and founded the Science Tutorial Labs. He also taught small-scale chemistry workshops in Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana from 1993 to 2005. Mr. Flanagin taught biology courses at Bainbridge College in Georgia and conducted water quality testing on the Flint River from 2005 to 2007. After returning to Texas, Mr. Flanagin spent a year at Lamar State College-Orange teaching biology and chemistry courses, and then moved north to teach biology courses at Weatherford College from 2008 to 2015. Mr. Flanagin began as a full time instructor for Wharton County Junior College in 2015. He is currently teaching Anatomy and Physiology.
Purti Gadkari, B.S., M.S.
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.
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, Biology I and II, Microbiology, and Nutrition. She currently teaches Anatomy & Physiology.
Jennifer Jeffery, B.S., M.S.
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.
Amanda Smith, B.S., M.S.
Instructor of Biology
Office: Wharton Campus, Science - 107
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-214 A
Phone: (281) 243-8559
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.
Sean Valdez, B.S., M.S.
Instructor of Biology
Mr. Valdez received his B.S. and M.S. in Biology from Stephen F. Austin State University. He obtained his teacher certification in 2008 and has taught high school science. Mr. Valdez joined Wharton County Junior College as an instructor of Biology in 2015. He currently teaches BIOL 1406 and BIOL 1407.
Dr. Wendy Waters, M.S., PhD
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
Nissi Abraham, B.S, M.S.
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 Coordinator in the Houston area. She has taught General Biology and Anatomy & Physiology at WCJC.
Diana Frankson, B.S., M.S.
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.
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.
Dr. Gideon Adjei, GCE (A-Level), BS, MS, PhD
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 teaches Biology 1322, 2401, and 2402.
Dr. Julie Crider, M.S.; PhD
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.
Billy Sowa, B.S., M.S.
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.