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Jennifer Jeffery, B.S., M.S

Department Head, Biology

Office:Wharton campus, Science-228B
Phone: (979) 532-6934
Email: jenniferj@wcjc.edu

Ms. Jeffery received her B.S. degree at Sam Houston State University with a double major in Biology and Environment Science in 1992.  After working in a Houston-area environmental laboratory for a year, she returned to school, obtaining her Master's degree at Texas Tech University in 1997.  As a graduate student, Ms. Jeffery's research focused on the differential establishment of native grass species in a sand shinnery oak community.  In addition, she participated in an extensive survey of the plant communities at Copper Breaks State Park near Quanah, TX.  Having become a fulll-time faculty member at WCJC in 1999, she taught General Biology and Environmental Biology.  Ms. Jeffery won the WCJC Excellence in Teaching Award in 2006 and the Faculty of the Year Award in 2014.


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

Instructor of Biology

Office: SUGUH-230
Phone: (281) 243-8591
Email: berezina@wcjc.edu 

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

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.  Dr. Bhasin joined WCJC as a full-time instructor of Microbiology and General Biology in 2014.


Dr. Russell Braeuer

Instructor of Biology

Office: FBTC  TC 240I
Phone:  281-239-1578
Email:  braeuerr@wcjc.edu

Dr. Braeuer received his B.S. degree in Biology at the University of Texas at San Antonio.  He received his Ph.D. in Cancer Biology at UT Health Science Center Houston / M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in 2013, where he studied the mechanisms of melanoma metastasis.  After obtaining his Ph.D., Dr. Braeuer taught biological science courses for two years at Ho Chi Minh International University in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.  He then spent three years of postdoctoral research at the University of Michigan to study chronic lung allograft dysfunction (CLAD) in murine lung transplant models.  He is now a full time instructor for Wharton County Junior College, where he currently teaches Anatomy and Physiology.


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

Instructor of Biology 

Office: SUGUH-233
Phone: (281) 243-8462
Email: cherukaraj@wcjc.edu
Faculty Website:  https://facultyweb.wcjc.edu/users/cherukaraj/index.aspx

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.


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

Instructor of Biology/ Division Chair, Life and Physical Sciences
Office: Wharton campus,  Science – S228A Phone: (979) 532-6460

Email: kevind@wcjc.edu

Faculty Website:  https://facultyweb.wcjc.edu/users/kevind/index.aspx

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.  Mr. Dees was a recipient of the WCJC Award for Teaching Excellence in 2009.  

 John Dettling, B.S. M.S.

Instructor of Biology
Office: Wharton campus, Science-110 Phone: (979) 532-6314

Email: johnd@wcjc.edu

Faculty Website:  https://facultyweb.wcjc.edu/users/jdettling/index.aspx

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.

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

Instructor of Biology

Office: FBTC campus,TC-2401
Phone: (281) 239-1579 
Email: CandaceD@wcjc.edu

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.

Mousumi Goswami, B.S.,M.S.

Instructor of Biology

Office:  SUGUH-228
Phone: 281-243-8518
Email:  goswamim@wcjc.edu

Ms. Mousumi Goswami received her B.Sc., M.Sc., and M.Phil. degrees, all in Zoology, from the University of Burdwan, India, and M.S. in Biology and Biochemistry from the University of Houston in 2000.  Her thesis work was on cell signaling during embryonic development of Xenopus laevis focusing on BMP4/MAP kinase signaling pathway.  For five years during 2000-20005, she held research positions in the Department of Microbiology and  Molecular Genetics at the University of Texas Medical Center, Houston where she investigated functions of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) in Dictyostelium discoideum.  Since 2009, she has been teaching various Biology courses at the Houston Community College as an Adjunct Faculty.  At Wharton County Junior College, she briefly taught Anatomy and Physiology in 2007 and is currently back to teaching at it's Sugar Land campus.  Mrs. Goswami has published several research papers in international journals and conference proceedings.

Dr. Joseph Reeve

Instructor of Biology

Office: Wharton campus, Science-117
Phone: (979) 532-6405 
Email: reevej@wcjc.edu

Dr. Reeve received his B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2008.  After completing his baccalaureate degree, he attended Sam Houston State University where he studied isotopic variation in rodent molars across several microhabitats from the area around the Koanaka Hills, Botswana.  He received his M.S. In Biology from Sam Houston State University in 2012.  He began teaching as adjunct faculty at Lone Star College in 2014, during which time he pursued his doctorate at the University of Houston studying the role of juvenile hormone in the blood-brain barrier for male courtship in Drosophila melanogaster.  He received his Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Houston in 2022.  Dr. Reeve joined the faculty at Wharton County Junior College as a full-time instructor in 2023.

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

Instructor of Biology

Office: Wharton Campus, Science - 107
Phone: (979-532-6313
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.

 Sean Valdez, B.S., M.S.

Instructor of Biology

Office:  SUGUH-249
Phone:  281-243-8506
Email:  valdezs@wcjc.edu

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.  His classes include General Biology and Anatomy and Physiology.

Dr. Wendy Waters, M.S., PhD

Instructor of Biology 

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

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


Dr. Ross Couvillon, B.S., M.S., Ph.D.

Instructor of Biology

Office:  Wharton Campus, Science-126
Phone: (979) 532-6908
Email: couvillonr@wcjc.edu

Dr. Couvillon received his B.S. from Texas A&M University in 2009.  He went on to earn his M.S. from University of Texas - El Paso in 2011 for his work on amphibians and reptiles of the Trans Pecos region of Texas.  In 2017, he earned his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University - Kingsville for his research on northern bobwhite response to habitat management and Texas tortoise ecology.  Dr. Couvillon taught courses at Rose State College in Oklahoma and Texas A&M University - Kingsville.  He joined the faculty of Wharton County Junior College in 2018, and currently teaches General Biology and Anatomy & Physiology.

 Keri Jones, B.S., M.S.

Instructor of Biology

Email:  jonesk@wcjc.edu

Mrs. Jones received her B.S. in Biology from St. Mary's University in San Antonio.  She received her M.S. in Biology from Texas A&M-Commerce.  Mrs. Jones has been a full-time science teacher at Louise High School since 2011 and began teaching General Biology part time at WCJC in the fall of 2017.

Catherine Kelln.er, B.S., M.S

Instructor of Biology

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.


Alyssa Lamberti

Instructor of Biology

Email     lambertia@wcjc.edu

Ms. Lamberti received her B.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering from Texas A&M University in 2019.  She moved to Dallas and attended UT at Dallas where she earned a M.S. in Biomedical Engineering and worked as a RA doing research on how the brain is affected after a stroke.  This is Ms. Lamberti's first year teaching and she is working on her alternative teaching certificate during the school year.  She currently teaches Dual Credit Biology at Bay City High School.



Hannah Richards

Instructor of Biology

Email   richardsh@wcjc.edu

Hannah Richards received her B.S. in Biology from Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma, in 2015.  She then earned her M.S. in Biology at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas, in 2017.  After graduation, she worked in the biology and education departments at the Medicine Park Aquarium and Natural Sciences Center in Medicine Park, Oklahoma.  After moving to Houston, Ms. Richards taught Anatomy and Physiology at Houston Community College and University of Houston - Downtown.  She joined the faculty at WCJC during the Summer 2023 semester and currently teaches Anatomy and Physiology and General Biology.




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