Darren Mattone

Life Science
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My Background

  • Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI
  • Professional Experience: My interest in teaching biology began in college when I was a lab assistant in an intro to anatomy course. While I didn't pursue teaching formally until after I graduated with my bachelors degree, I returned to get my State of Michigan teaching certification. I started teaching 8th grade science at Byron Center Middle School in Byron Center, MI in 1997. I started as an adjunct instructor at MCC in 2003 teaching a CHEM 100 lab. From there I started teaching Biology 106 lectures and lab. In 2004 I moved to New York City to pursue a second graduate degree in science and science education. in 2005, after a year of graduate work, I was hired full-time at MCC. I recently completed my masters thesis and graduated with a Master of Science degree from Columbia University. Recently I have taken an interest in alternative energy research, specifically in the form of algae growth and cultivation for the production of biodiesel. I'm working to develop an introduction to scientific research course, as well and research methods and biotechnology courses, respectively. I'm actively looking for students interested in participating in research related to algae.
  • Academic Degrees: BS - Aquinas College 1994, M.Ed. - Aquinas College 1999, M.S. - Columbia University 2014
  • Classes Taught: Biology 105 - Anatomy and Physiology I Biology 106 - Anatomy and Physiology II Biology 115 - Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology

More About Me

  • I’m a very accomplished zymurgist.
  • I enjoy reading science fiction/fantasy novels.
  • Professor John Teusink from Aquinas College was the one that sparked my passion for learning biology.
  • My wife is a spanish teacher.