Science Department Faculty

Tom Dillon, Faculty, Biology at Community College of Aurora in Denver Tom Dillon
Faculty, Biology
Affiliated with the college since August 2006, Dillon became a full-time instructor two years later. He’s regularly taught Microbiology, General Biology I and Medical Terminology, and has also previously fronted several classes in Anatomy and Physiology. Dillon is in charge of the college’s Biotechnology area. He serves as co-chair of the Health and Wellness Committee and is an advisor with the Colorado Space Grant Consortium. Prior to joining CCA, he did research at the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus, working on the early stages of a breast-cancer drug, and at Northwestern University in Chicago, working in Endocrinology. Dillon earned a master’s degree from Loyola (Chicago) University in Biology and a bachelor’s in Pre-Medicine from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind.

 

 

 



Jennifer Harrell, Faculty, Science at Community College of Aurora in Denver Jennifer Harrell
Faculty, Science
An adjunct for about six years, Harrell joined the full-time staff in Fall 2012. She currently teaches General Biology and is the lead instructor for Biology for non-majors, the latter both online and on campus. Harrell previously taught Microbiology and Anatomy and Physiology courses at the college. Prior to joining CCA, Harrell earned a PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Michigan. She has a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Penn.

 

 

 

 

 


Rhonda Hattar, science faculty at Community College of Aurora in Colorado Rhonda Hattar
Faculty, Science

Starting as an adjunct in spring 2008, Hattar joined the college full-time just over three years later. She teaches General College Biology I and II and serves as lead instructor for those courses.  You may also find her feeding pill bugs, collecting duckweed from Westerly creek, or watering bean plants for ecology labs.  She earned her M.S in Cell Biology at the University of Colorado, where she researched the role of the microenvironment in breast cancer.  She also received a Bachelor of Science degree in biological chemistry from Tulane University in New Orleans.

 

 

 

 

 


Martha Jackson-Carter, Faculty, Science at Community College of Aurora in Denver Martha Jackson-Carter
Faculty, Chemistry
Affiliated with CCA for about two decades, Jackson-Carter is one of the longest-tenured staff at the college. She’s taught all five of CCA’s Chemistry courses, including current classes in General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry. Jackson-Carter also has been a longtime member of the state’s faculty curriculum committee as CCA’s general-education representative. Jackson-Carter has previously helped secure two major initiatives in concert with late CCA faculty Dr. Todd Bergren: the creation of the Science Resource Center on the Lowry campus and acquisition of $430,000 in grand funding to infuse molecular biology curriculum into Colorado high schools. Prior to joining CCA, Jackson-Carter was manager of a geochemistry lab in Lakewood and a chemist for a pharmaceutical company. Her graduate work was in Mechanistic Organic Chemistry at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Conn., and has a BA in Chemistry from the University of Colorado-Boulder.

 

 

 

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