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Life Sciences

Welcome to Coastline's Life Sciences/Biology Department! We offer a range of introductory and advanced life science courses across the centers in Newport Beach, Garden Grove, and Westminster. If you're looking to transfer credit or fulfill a prerequisite, we're here to help you along your education journey. We look forward to meeting this year!

Health Science Certificate
The medical field is competitive and this certificate can set you apart from other candidates. Not only is this certificate a resume booster, you may have completed some of the requirements already. This program's coursework provides many of the same prerequisites for nursing, physician assistant, pharmacy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, dental hygiene, radiology technology, dentist, and medical doctor. To learn more about this certificate, please visit the Health Science Degrees and Certificates web page.

News

Health Science Triathlon
All Coastline students are invited to the Health Science Triathlon on May 4th at Garden Grove Center! Prizes are awarded to the top 3 teams. Everyone gets and tumbler and certificate! Teams of 3 can sign up. If you don't have a team, we'll add you to a team. Last day to sign up is May 1st. For more information, please visit the Health Science Triathlon Event page.
3-D Printing Prosthetic Limbs for Nonprofit
As part of Diversity of Organisms (BIOL C185), students were required to conduct research projects related to ecology or anatomy. Andre Franco founded a local chapter of e-NABLE, a profit that makes prosthetics for developing countries. He started a fund raising campaign and secured a 3-D printer. By the end of the fall 2017 semester, he successfully led his group to produce prosthetics hands for 2 children under the age of 11 in Brazil. He aims to continue and expand his work with e-NABLE. For more information, please contact Dr. Tanya Murray (tmurray8@coastline.edu).
Fairview Park Gets Our Attention
Coastline offers a unique chance to learning through working internships in BIOL C292. Students from this semester identified trends in local water chemistry at Fairview Park and developed concepts for natural water treatment. For spring 2018, students have the opportunity to further drive this project. For more information, please contact Dr. Tanya Murray (tmurray8@coastline.edu).
New Pre-Med Club
In fall 2017, students formed a Pre-Med Club at Coastline. All students interested in the medical field are encouraged to join and explore careers, applications processes, and study strategies. Dan Salcedo (dsalcedo7@coastline.edu) and Debbie Henry (dhenry@coastline.edu) will serve as faculty advisors. For more information, please contact the advisors.

2018 Research Opportunities

  • Innovation in current prosthetic models
  • Statistical analysis of plant and invertebrate community data from Fairview Park
  • Several years of Marine Life Inventory data from the Back Bay Science Center in Newport Beach
  • Native plant propagation research in coordination with Amigos de Bolsa Chica and Back Bay Science Center

For more information on these opportunities, contact Dr. Tanya Murray (tmurray8@coastline.edu) or Dr. Steven Fauce (sfauce@coastline.edu).

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Faculty

Deborah C. Henry, MD

Fulltime Faculty, Professor
Phone: (714) 546-7600 x11508
Email: dhenry@coastline.edu

Dr. Henry is the Chair of the Life Sciences/Biology Department at Coastline and joined the faculty in 2007. She serves on the Academic Senate, the Curriculum Committee and several subcommittee including the Enrollment Management work group. Dr. Henry also is the course lead for Human Anatomy (BIOL C220) and Physiology (BIOL C225). She has a passion for life-long learning and loves to share this joy of learning with her students.

Additionally, she is a board certified neurological surgeon. She graduated from Baylor College of Medicine in 1986. Her transitional internship was at Baylor Affiliated Hospitals and her neurological surgery residency was at the State University of New York at Syracuse. Dr. Henry continued her neurology training was at the Queen Square Hospital in London, England. She practiced neurological surgery in Texas, Pasadena, Anaheim, and Loma Linda for 20 years. In 2007, Dr. Henry was named one of America's top surgeons by the Consumer Research Council of America. In 2011, she received the Teaching Excellence award for part time teaching at Coastline.

Dr. Henry is a member of the American Board of Neurological Surgeons, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Women in Neurosurgery, AANS subsection of History of Neurological Surgery, and the prestigious Western Neurosurgery Society where she served as secretary-treasurer. In 2014, she was named the first woman President of the California Association of Neurological Surgeons.

Patricia Caldani

Part-time Faculty, Instructor
Email: pcaldani@coastline.edu

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Patricia Caldani is an adjunct professor in Biology, experienced in teaching General Biology, Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry. She received her B.S in Biology from the University of California, Irvine and Masters in Molecular Biology from Cal Poly Pomona, while simultaneously conducting physiological research at City of Hope, Cancer Institute. Patricia's primary areas of research include protein oscillation and organizational leadership in higher education.

She is an advocate of diversified classroom environments and engages her students via active earning. She is also an advocate of traveling, always encouraging her students to go and see for themselves.

David Camerini, Ph.D.

Part-time Faculty, Instructor
Phone: (714) 892-7711
Email: dcamerini@coastline.edu

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Dr. Camerini has taught Microbiology (BIOL C210) since spring 2016. His areas of interest include HIV pathogenesis and molecular biology. In addition to teaching, Dr. Camerini is conducting research on the detection of infection by HIV, Zika, and Dengue viruses. He holds a B.A. in Biochemistry from UC Berkeley and Ph.D. in Genetics from Harvard University.

Lisa Demchik, Ph.D.

Part-time Faculty, Instructor
Email: ldemchik@coastline.edu

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Dr. Demchik has taught Introductory Biology (BIOL C100) at Coastline since 2013. She also taught biological and physical science to middle school and high school students. Dr. Demchik is passionate science and enjoys teaching all ages about science! She earned her Ph.D. in Cancer Biology from Wayne State University, and B.S. in Biology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Dr. Demchik hails from the Wolverine State (Michigan) and has lived in California for the past six and a half years.

Mia Dobbs

Part-time Faculty, Instructor
Email: mnobles@coastline.edu

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Ms. Dobbs teaches Human Anatomy (BIOL C220) for Coastline. In her undergraduate and graduate studies, she worked extensively in her university's cadaver lab where she discovered her love for learning about the human body. For her masters' thesis project, Ms. Dobbs dissected a complete cadaver and wrote an accompanying cadaver dissection lab manual. Ms. Dobbs has a never-ending love for learning and is currently completing her Ed.D. in learning technologies with a dissertation focus on human anatomy and physiology education at Pepperdine University. She is so excited to be at Coastline and looks forward to sharing her excitement and passion for learning about the human body with her students!

Tu H. Do, M.S., D.HSc-candidate

Part-time Faculty, Instructor
Email: tdo@occ.cccd.edu

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Mr. Do teaches Human Anatomy (BIO C220), Introduction to Biology (BIO C100) online, and Introduction to Biology Lab (BIO C100L) online at Coastline since Spring 2017. He also teaches cellular and molecular biology, honors introductory biology, genetics, molecular biology, humans and biology, general microbiology, medical terminology, pre-nursing biochemistry, and field ecology courses at various colleges throughout Southern California. Mr. Do currently serves as the course lead instructor for Medical Terminology at Saddleback College's Division of Health Sciences and Human Services, while working with a team of dedicated faculty to convert the course to an online format. At Irvine Valley College, he also teaches in the Early College and Summer College Programs for accelerated high school students in the Irvine Unified and Tustin Unified School Districts. He also holds a Quality Matters (QM) Certificate in Best Practices for Online Instruction.

Prior to teaching, Mr. Do served as a professional tutor for the Irvine Valley College Student Success Center teaching math, chemistry (general and organic), biology, and English writing. He has health care experiences from Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach and Irvine, and from the Bristol Park Medical Group in Aliso Viejo. Mr. Do is a D.HSc-candidate at A.T. Still University and has earned both his M.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and B.S. in Biological Sciences concentrated in Medical Biology from the University of California, Riverside.

Mr. Do looks forward to teaching his students about biology and health every day.

Steve Fauce, Ph.D.

Fulltime Faculty, Professor
Phone: (714) 241-6184 x17267
Email: sfauce@coastline.edu

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Dr. Fauce has teaches Cellular and Molecular Biology (BIOL C180), Microbiology (BIOL C210), Biochemistry (BIOL C281), Molecular Biology (BIOL C282), and Genetics (BIOL C283). Prior to joining Coastline in 2012, he was a postdoctoral scientist for a small biotech company, involving pre-clinical research on drug candidates for cancer treatment and the use of stem cells to treat spinal cord injuries. Upon the completion of a two-year postdoctoral program in 2010, Dr. Fauce spent time as a development scientist at Beckman Coulter, a global medical diagnostics company. Dr. Fauce holds a B.A. in Molecular Biology from Pomona College and Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Pathology from UCLA. He is married to a middle school science and math teacher and has two sons, ages 6 and 3.

Beth Feher

Part-time Faculty, Instructor
Email: kfeher@coastline.edu

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Beth Feher has over 20 years of experience teaching science courses such as Human Anatomy, Physiology, Introductory Biology, Molecular Biology, and Human Biology. She is a graduate of the University of South Alabama, M.S. in Biological Sciences. Her interests in the field of Biology are quite broad, and her experience in industry includes working between pharmaceutical companies and the FDA on drug approval, and conducting research for several institutes on protein specificity. Her hobbies include hiking, backpacking, and running around with her three kids. She also enjoys to volunteer in her spare time. One of the organizations she is involved in is Ripple Kids, which teaches kids to give back to the community in a variety of ways. Her husband's family is from Orange County, but she is from the south. She has resided in California since 1999.

Jeffrey Johnson

Part-time Faculty, Instructor
Phone: (714) 546-7600 x11373
Email: jjohnson@coastline.edu

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Mr. Johnson teaches Introduction to Biology (BIOL C100) for non-majors at Coastline since 1993. An avid teacher of evolutionary theories, he has also served a research fellowship at Harbor UCLA Medical Center focused on the production of pulmonary surfactants in premature children as well as an NIH-sponsored Biotechnology Fellowship at Northern Arizona University. Mr. Johnson was awarded California Science Teacher of the Year from Sigma Xi Research Society in 1998 for promoting scientific inquiry methods to inner-city youth as well as designing and implementing accessible laboratory manuals for high-risk students. He holds dual bachelors in Psychology and Biology from Chapman University and a masters from Azusa Pacific University.

Tracey Magrann, DPM, Ph.D., RHIA

Part-time Faculty, Instructor
Email: tmagrann@coastline.edu

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Dr. Magrann has been teaching anatomy, physiology, and microbiology since 2005. Before Coastline, she was a physician and surgeon in private practice. In 2015, Dr. Magrann served as Department Chair for the Medical Lab Technician Program at Saddleback College, where she taught clinical microbiology, immunology, hematology, and urinalysis. After earning her RHIA credential in 2016, Dr. Magrann began teaching classes for the Health Information Technology (HIT) Department and developed the online course, "HSC 277: Human Body Fundamentals." The course allowed students to fulfill the program's anatomy and physiology requirement without being onsite, making the HIT program 100% online. She was awarded the Saddleback Adjunct Professor of the Year award in 2010 and again in 2017. Dr. Magrann obtained her Ph.D. in Biology from Loma Linda University and teaches Introduction to Biology (BIOL C100) and Human Anatomy (BIOL C220) at Coastline.

Tanya Murray, Ph.D.

Fulltime Faculty, Professor
Phone: (714) 546-7600 x17243
Email: tmurray8@coastline.edu

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Dr. Murray has spent 10 years teaching human anatomy, introductory biology, environmental science, and botany throughout Orange County. At Coastline, she teaches Diversity of Organisms (BIOL C185), Introductory Biology (BIOL C100), Human Anatomy (BIOL C220), Human Ecology, and Marine Science (MRSC C100). Dr. Murray oversees the department's internship and student research opportunities in biotechnology, ecology, and environmental studies in cooperation with local nonprofit and corporate partners.

Dr. Murray's private sector experience includes environmental consulting and research at a neuroscience education institute. Dr. Murray earned her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Syracuse University, where she studied microbial ecology ecosystem sustainability in Yellowstone National Park. Additionally, she holds a BS in Biology with Distinction from Marry Washington College.

Barry Nerhus

Part-time Faculty, Instructor
Phone: (714) 546-7600
Email: bnerhus@coastline.edu

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Mr. Nerhus recently joined the Coastline faculty in 2017. He teaches Introduction to Biology (BIOL C100) and Human Ecology (ECOL 100). Growing up in Orange County, Mr. Nerhus has witnessed rapid urbanization open spaces. He transferred from Orange Coast College to UC Irvine, where he pursued his interests in biology, conservation, earth system science, and restoration ecology. Mr. Nerhus went onto attend Cal State Long Beach and earned his master degree, studying the western pond turtle. He has been working in the environmental industry for over 12 years. Prior to Coastline, he founded environmental consulting business, Endemic Environmental Services, serving as lead ecologist for 9 years. Additionally, Mr. Nerhus formed two nonprofits, the Orange County Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology and the Institute for Conservation Research and Education, as well several local community-based habitat restoration projects in Orange County. Mr. Nerhus is passionate about endangered species research and contributing to their recovery. He hopes to share his passion with his students while providing a foundation in biology and ecology.

Denny A. Patel, DPT, CSCS

Part-time Faculty, Instructor
Email: patel_denny@sac.edu

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Dr. Patel graduated from Loma Linda University with a Masters in Physical Therapy in 1999. He has also passed the certified strength and conditioning specialist examination. After practicing for 10 years, he went back to school and finished his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. He has taken the year-long Maitland manual therapy course and is also a certified Clinical Instructor by the APTA and takes students/interns on a regular basis. He frequently travels to India and gives lectures to local hospitals/clinics on the latest treatments for shoulder, lumbar and knee pain. Dr. Patel also teaches Human Anatomy and Biology at several local colleges (SAC/Coastline) and is a lab instructor for the Stanbridge University PTA program. He speaks English, Spanish, Hindi, and Gujarati. He is happily married and has 2 boys.

Neda Sadeghiani Pelar, Ph.D.

Part-time Faculty, Instructor
Email: nsadeghiani@cccd.edu

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Dr. Pelar received her Ph.D. in Molecular Pathology at the University of Brasilia, Brazil where she conducted research testing new anti-cancer nanodrugs and drug delivery techniques in vivo. In 2015, she joined Chapman University as an Academic Associate Scientist to conduct in vitro studies on different cancer cells to develop and test new drugs using advanced molecular biology techniques and equipment. Since 2014, she has been teaching Human Anatomy, Anatomy & Physiology, Human Physiology and Biology at local community colleges and Chapman University.

Jozsef Pentek, Ph.D.

Part-time Faculty, Instructor
Phone: (714) 546-7600 x11640
Email: jpentek@coastline.edu

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Dr. Jozsef R. Pentek is a life-long California resident, growing up in a small suburb on the Los Angeles and Orange County border called Cerritos to immigrant parents from Hungary. He attended Gretchen A. Whitney High School and moved on to complete his Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences at the University of California at Los Angeles in June of 1997. After working in a laboratory as a technician for a year and a half, he enrolled at the University of California at Irvine to complete a Doctoral degree focusing on Developmental and Cell Biology working with Drosophila melanogaster on a project to uncover the function of a protein called Follistatin during embryonic and larval development.

After the completion of the doctoral degree, Dr. Pentek began teaching Human Physiology and General Biology courses at MiraCosta College in 2011. He started teaching General Microbiology at Coastline Community College in the Fall of 2013. He also teaches Human Physiology at Palomar College and Miramar College. In his spare time, Dr. Pentek enjoys hiking with his three dogs (two huskies and one Jack Russell Terrier) and watching soccer (Arsenal) on television.

Tony (Frank) Rich, DDS

Part-time Faculty, Instructor
Email: frich@coastline.edu

Dan Salcedo, Ph.D.

Fulltime Faculty, Professor
Phone: (714) 546-7600 x17282
Email: dsalcedo7@coastline.edu

View Dr. Salcedo's Bio

Dr. Salcedo teaches Microbiology (BIOL C210) and Human Physiology (BIOL C225). Prior to joining Coastline in 2016, he was a science adjunct faculty instructor at various colleges and a guest lecturer at Loma Linda University School of Medicine.

He is currently the faculty advisor for the Coastline College Pre-Med Club. Dr. Salcedo has been the first person in his family to earn a degree in college and he actively encourages and assists Hispanic students and other underrepresented groups to pursue careers in science and health professions.

Dr. Salcedo holds a B.S. in Biology from California State University, San Bernardino and Ph.D. in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics from Loma Linda University where he studied chemoreceptors and energy-sensing in the bacterium, Escherichia coli.

Debra A. Stockwell, MD

Part-time Faculty, Instructor
Email: dstockwell@coastline.edu

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Dr. Stockwell has taught Introduction to Biology (BIOL C100) and Human Anatomy (BIOL C220) for Coastline since spring 2015. Before Coastline, she was a board certified OB/Gyn for over ten years in Michigan and Wisconsin. Dr. Stockwell earned her MD from Wayne State University School of Medicine. Ten years ago, she moved to California with her husband of 25 years and their two oldest two children. Since then, they have adopted three more children and happily live in Santa Ana. Dr. Stockwell was the first person in her family to attend college and is very passionate about encouraging students, regardless of their backgrounds or circumstances, to advance their careers, confidence, and knowledge.

Erum Syed, Ph.D.

Part-time Faculty, Instructor
Phone: (714) 546-7600 x11457
Email: esyed@coastline.edu

View Dr. Erum Syed's Bio

Dr. Erum Syed has taught several science courses, including human anatomy, human physiology, microbiology, hematology and introductory biology at several community colleges and California State University Los Angeles. She is passionate about teaching science and interacting with students.

She earned her M.S in Microbiology from Clemson University, South Carolina, and Ph.D. in Epidemiology from Walden University, Illinois.

Dorrie M. Talmage, MSN, NP-C, MSEd, DC

Part-time Faculty, Instructor
Phone: (714) 546-7600 x11213
Email: dtalmage@coastline.edu

View Dr. Talmage's Bio

Dr. Talmage is a licensed doctor of chiropractic since 1988 and a certified family nurse practitioner. Additionally, she has additional chiropractic diplomat training in orthopedics and received her diplomat in 1991. While Dr. Talmage loved chiropractic practice, she decided to change directions and became a nurse in 2009 and subsequently a nurse practitioner in 2013. Dr. Talmage enjoys teaching and hopes to transition into teaching in a nursing program as she practices in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation. Dr. Talmage obtained her MA in Education in 2001. She has taught Biology of Aging (BIOL C120) for Coastline since 2006.

Remon Wahba, MD

Part-time Faculty, Instructor
Phone: (714) 546-7600 x11278
Email: rwahba@coastline.edu

Randall Warwick

Fulltime Faculty, Professor
Phone: (714) 546-7600 x11527
Email: rwarwick@coastline.edu

View Mr. Warwick's Bio

Professor Warwick earned his AS degree in Chemistry from San Francisco College, a BA in Bacteriology (with two years of Latin) from University of California, Berkeley, and a Masters in Anatomy from UCLA. Professor Warwick is our senior faculty member who started teaching full-time at Coastline in 1991. Interestingly, the lab at Le-Jao is named in his honor. Professor Warwick currently teaches Introduction to Biology on-site and online. He enjoys playing his Hofner bass and listening to music.

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