Science Faculty

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Chemistry from the University of Bombay
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Organic Chemistry from the University of Bombay
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Organic Chemistry from Southern Illinois University
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Organic Chemistry from the University of Tennessee

Courses Taught:
  • CHM130 - Fundamental Chemistry
  • CHM230 - General Organic and Biochemistry
  • CHM235 - General Organic Chemistry I
  • CHM236 - General Organic Chemistry II

Teaching/Research Interests:
  • His research background is in mechanistic and synthetic organic chemistry, which includes synthesis of new fluorinating reagents and their reactions with carbonyl electrophiles, stereochemistry of 4+2 cycloaddition reactions and heterogeneous catalysis. Dr. Bains has published his research articles in Journal of Organic Chemistry, Tetrahedron Letters, Tetrahedron: Asymmetry, and Tetrahedron. He has also presented his research papers at various American Chemical Society meetings and was honored by AATYC with an outstanding faculty award.

Professional Activities:

  • Diploma in Geology, Friedrich Alexander University, Erlangen, Germany
  • MS in Geology, ASU, Tempe, USA
  • PHD in Geology, ASU, Tempe, USA

Courses Taught:
  • GLG101/103 (Physical Geology)
  • GLG102/104 (Historical Geology)
  • GLG110/111 (Environmental Geology)

Teaching/Research Interests:
  • Interested in teaching basic earth and environmental sciences

Professional Activities:
  • PVCC (residential faculty since 2001)

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) degree in Professional Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Veterinary Sciences from University of Arizona
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Ecology/Evolutionary Biology from University of Arizona

Courses Taught:
  • AAA115 Creating College Success
  • BIO100 Biology Concepts
  • BIO105 Environmental Biology
  • BIO130 Environmental Science
  • BIO156 Introductory Biology for Allied Health
  • BIO181 General Biology (Majors) I
  • BIO201 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
  • BIO202 Human Anatomy & Physiology II
  • CHM101 Introduction to Chemistry
  • CHM113 General Chemistry Lab
  • CHM237 General Organic Chemistry Lab I

Teaching/Research Interests:
  • Active Learning in the Science Classroom
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Sustainability
  • Open Education Resources (free or low-cost options for textbooks plus)

Professional Activities:
  • Arizona State University West Chemistry and Environmental Science Instructor, Chemistry Course Module Developer, and Instructional Specialist
  • Paradise Valley Community College, Phoenix College, and Rio Salado College Biology Adjunct Faculty and STEM Summer Boot Camp Developer and Instructor
  • DeVry Inc., Carrington College California Subject Matter Expert
  • Colorado State University Curriculum Developer and Student Researcher

  • BS Zoology, Masters in Sports Medicine

Courses Taught:
  • Bio100
  • Bio105

Teaching/Research Interests:
  • BIO100,105,160,181,108

Professional Activities:
  • PVCC Residential Faculty since 2010
  • Athletic Mentor

  • BA Northeastern Illinois University; Biology
  • MS University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Botany
  • PhD University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Biology

Courses Taught:
  • Botany
  • Plant Taxonomy
  • Ecology
  • Evolution
  • Genetics
  • Microbiology
  • Cancer Biology
  • Molecular Biology of the Gene
  • Bio Geography
  • Organismal Biology

Teaching/Research Interests:
  • Cheesecake
  • Palette Interaction

Professional Activities:
  • College Professor since 1985
  • PVCC Faculty since 2005

  • BS, Physics, University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • MS, Physics, University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • PhD, High-Energy Particle Physics, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Courses Taught:
  • PHY111
  • PHY112
  • PHY121
  • PHY131 (for Honors projects)

Teaching/Research Interests:
  • Introduction to Physics (PHY101)
  • General Physics I (PHY111)
  • General Physics II (PHY112)
  • University Physics I: Mechanics (PHY121)
  • University Physics II: Electricity & Magnetism (PHY131)
  • University Physics III: Thermodynamics, Optics, and Wave Phenomena (PHY241)
  • Special Projects (PHY298AA, ECE298AA, SSH298AA)

Professional Activities:
  • Active participation
  • Hands-on
  • Research
  • Critical Thinking
  • Problem Solving
  • Being curious about how everything around us works!
  • Professional Activities:
  • PVCC (residential faculty since 1998)
  • Various committees
  • Physics and Engineering IC member
  • American Association of Physicists in Medicine
  • American Physical Society
  • High-Energy particle physics research at Fermilab

  • Bachelor of Art (B.A.) degree in Biology from Ripon College, Ripon, Wisconsin
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Cellular and Molecular Physiology from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Courses Taught:
  • Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology (Bio 160)
  • Anatomy & Physiology I (Bio 201)
  • Anatomy & Physiology II (Bio 202)
  • Pathophysiology (HCR240)
  • Independent Student Research (Bio 298AB)

Teaching/Research Interests:
  • Personal Research Project: Neurobiology of Music
  • Developing the ability of students to do experiments using equipment and expertise available on campus (Bio298AB)

Professional Activities:
  • Member of Z Net Group for Innovation at PV (Caron Sada, Chair)
  • Member of Library Advisory Council

  • PhD in Biochemitry, Univesity of Nevada, Reno
  • BS in Biochemistry, University of Wyoming

Courses Taught:
  • Introductory Biology (BIO100)
  • Introductory Biology for Allied Health (BIO156)
  • General Biology I (BIO181)
  • Microbiology (BIO205)
  • Genetics (BIO240)
  • Fundamental Chemistry (CHM130,130LL)
  • General Chemistry I (CHM151, 151LL)
  • General Chemistry Lab II (CHM152LL)
  • Introductory Organic Chemistry (CHM230,230LL)
  • Organic Chemistry Labs I, II (CHM235LL,236LL)
  • Biochemistry (CHM260,260LL)
  • Pathophysiology (HCR240)

Teaching/Research Interests:
  • Biochemistry, genetics and molecular biology of microorganisms.

Professional Activities:
  • PVCC residential faculty since 2008
  • American Society for Microbiology
  • American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

  • BS, Biology Arizona State University
  • MS, Biology University of Nebraska
  • ABD, Health Science, A.T. Still University College of Medicine and Health Sciences

Courses Taught:
  • BIO 181

Teaching/Research Interests:
  • Health education and health promotion in children and adolescents
  • Effects of competitive youth sports on whole-health development
  • Effects of nutritional environment on the phenotypic manifestation of autism spectrum disorders

Professional Activities:
  • PVCC (residential faculty since 2018)
  • EMCC (adjunct faculty 2006-2017)
  • Grand Canyon University (residential faculty 2010-2016)

  • BS Biology Benedictine College (KS)
  • MS Exercise Physiology Arizona State University
  • MPT Physical Therapy Northern Arizona University

Courses Taught:
  • BIO201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Both traditional 16 week and hybrid formats

Teaching/Research Interests:
  • Functional Anatomy
  • Orthopedic Physical Therapy

Professional Activities:
  • PVCC Residential Faculty (since 2001)
  • Life Science Department Chair (2016 - current)
  • Science Division Chair (2017-current)
  • Faculty Senate President (2007-08)

  • BS Chemistry Rockhurst University
  • PhD Geochemistry ASU

Courses Taught:
  • Chm 130 Fundamental Chemistry, lectures and lab.
  • Chm 151 and 152 General Chemistry I and II, lecture and lab
  • Chm 235 and Chm 236 Organic Chemistry I and II, lecture and lab.

Teaching/Research Interests:
  • Undergraduate chemistry education.
  • Meteorites
  • Mining In his spare time, Dr. Lalko hikes, rides his bicycle, practices yoga, draws art and wrangles macaws.

Professional Activities:
  • 2017 is Dr. Lalko's 29th year of full-time teaching chemistry at PVCC.
  • He is a past chair of Science and Math
  • He was a metallurgist for Magma Copper Company
  • He is a member of the American Chemical Society since 1973.

  • Doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine
  • Masters in Human Nutrition
  • Bachelors of Science in Liberal Arts

Courses Taught:
  • Anatomy & Physiology I (BIO 201)
  • Anatomy & Physiology II (BIO 202)
  • Principles of Human Nutrition (FON 241)
  • Weightlifting and Functional Fitness (PED101WT)

Teaching/Research Interests:

Professional Activities:

  • BS, Chemistry, Northern Arizona University
  • PhD, Chemistry, Stanford University

Courses Taught:
  • Fundamental Chemistry Lecture and Lab (CHM130/130LL)
  • General Chemistry I Lecture and Lab (CHM151/151LL)
  • General Chemistry II Lecture and Lab (CHM152/152LL)
  • Fundamental Organic Chemistry Lecture and Lab (CHM230/230LL)
  • General Organic Chemistry I Lab (CHM235LL)
  • General Organic Chemistry II Lab (CHM236LL)

Teaching/Research Interests:
  • Although teaching is his primary interest, Dr. Massey has research publications in the field of organometallic chemistry. He received his education and training at Northern Arizona University, Stanford University, the University of Florida, the University of Illinois as a postdoctoral fellow, and spent a year on sabbatical leave as a visiting scientist at the University of Arizona studying the biochemistry of HNO.
  • Dr. Massey was raised in Tempe, Arizona, and enjoys exploring the southwest, Canada, and Alaska on his motorcycle.

Professional Activities:
  • Dr. Massey has been a chemistry instructor at PVCC for nearly twenty years.
  • In addition to teaching, he is currently the physical sciences department chair and serves on several college committees.

  • BS, Chemical Engineering, University of Arizona
  • MS, Chemistry, Northern Arizona University

Courses Taught:
  • Chemistry and Society (CHM107 lecture/lab)
  • Fundamental Chemistry (CHM130 lecture/lab)
  • General Chemistry I (CHM151 lecture/lab)
  • General Chemistry II (CHM152 lecture/lab)

Teaching/Research Interests:
  • Active Learning
  • Authentic Context
  • Scaffolding

Professional Activities:
  • PVCC (Residential Faculty since 2014)
  • Adjunct Faculty Chandler-Gilbert Community College and Glendale Community College

  • PhD - Johns Hopkins University
  • BS - Arizona State University

Courses Taught:
  • Biology Concepts (BIO100)
  • Intro to Biology for Allied Health (BIO156)
  • Biology for Majors II (BIO182)
  • Microbiology (BIO205)

Teaching/Research Interests:
  • Virology
  • Cancer Biology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Disease Eradication

Professional Activities:
  • PVCC Residential Faculty since 2016
  • PVCC STEAM Committee Co-chair
  • PVCC Adjunct Faculty (2011 - 2016))

  • MS with Thesis, Physics, Cosmology Research Group, University of California at Davis
  • BS with Honors, High Honors in Physics, Minors in Math and German, Sweet Briar College

Courses Taught:
  • AST112/114: Introduction to Stars and Galaxies in person
  • HON190: Honors Forum in person
  • AST101/102: Survey of Astronomy online
  • AST298AB: Honors Explores Telescope Camping Trip
  • PHY298AB: Honors Explores Rube Goldberg Competition
  • AST294: Astronomy Research Seminar

Teaching/Research Interests:
  • Creating supportive learning environments through community cohesion, Science outreach through public speaking, Editing Wikipedia to teach information literacy, OER resources to reduce course costs, Assessment for continual pedagogical improvement, Double Star astrometry research with undergraduates, closing the achievement gap in STEAM fields for underrepresented minorities and women, Fundraising for educational causes.

Professional Activities:
  • Honors Program Director, Paradise Valley Community College, Fall 2017 - Present
  • Astronomy Residential Faculty, Paradise Valley Community College, Fall 2011 - Present
  • Astronomy Adjunct, Maricopa Community College District, Spring 2010 - Spring 2011
  • Physics Instructor, California State University Maritime Fall 2006 - Spring 2009

  • MAST, Masters Arts Science & Teaching
  • BS, Biology

Courses Taught:
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology (BIO201/202)
  • Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology (BIO160)
  • Microbiology (BIO205)

Teaching/Research Interests:
  • Nature of Science and History of Science
  • Science Assessment
  • Science Teaching & Learning

Professional Activities:
  • PVCC Instructor since 2012
  • AZ Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Sanitarian (REHS/RS) - Public Health
  • University Supervisor Student Teaching - NAU Center of Science Teaching & Learning

  • AA - Marine Computer Systems - Olympic College
  • ABUS - Paradise Valley Community College
  • BA - Religion and Applies Ethics Studies Minor in Philosophy - ASU West
  • MNS - Physics - ASU Tempe

Courses Taught:
  • General Physics (PHY 111)

Teaching/Research Interests:
  • Quantum Mechanics - Astrophysics - Philosophy of Science

Professional Activities:
  • Missile Technician in US NAVY onboard Submarines (1999-2005)
  • Teaching K-14 (2011-present)

  • BA in Biology/Philosophy, Bellarmine University
  • MA in Plant Sciences, Indiana University
  • MA in Counseling, Pacifica Graduate Institute

Courses Taught:
  • BIO156 - Introductory Biology for Allied Health
  • BIO181 - General Biology for Majors I
  • PVCC Outstanding Adjunct of the Year 2014-2015
  • PVCC Outstanding Adjunct of the Year 2017-2018

Teaching/Research Interests:
  • Life Sciences

Professional Activities:
  • PVCC Adjunct Professor, 2002 to present

  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Basic Medical Sciences, University Of Arizona, College Of Medicine, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
  • Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Neuromuscular Physiology Research,Concordia University-Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • MS in Biochemistry, Congenital Heart Diseases Research, American University of Beirut-Beirut, Lebanon
  • BS in Pharmacy, Beirut Arab University-Beirut, Lebanon

Courses Taught:
  • BIO156 course: Introduction to Biology for Allied Health

Teaching/Research Interests:
  • At PVCC, I am interested in designing and implementing BIO156 course: Introduction to Biology for Allied Health, teaching all lecture and lab sessions, mentoring students on the course objectives, developing study guides, worksheets, different types of assignments and exam questions, improving laboratory exercises and designing demonstrations that illustrate course concepts and reviewing course for continuous quality improvement. As a basic scientist and pharmacist teaching in a medical and pharmacy school, I benefit from interacting with students who are eager to learn the basic science and then apply it clinically. During Case‐based Instruction sessions, I facilitate modified problem based learning cases for small groups of medical students in several organ systems‐based blocks. After discussing all the aspects of the case starting by the chief complaint and ending with the treatment, I ask students to use their critical thinking and develop their learning objectives. Further, I help them to understand the answers to those learning objectives, which have to do with all aspects of basic and clinical sciences including physiology, pathophysiology, biochemistry and pharmacology. Additionally, I focus on giving immediate constructive feedback that helps students make things better in the future. I believe this strategy would help students to develop the life‐long learning skills needed for medical practice. Moreover, I have had the chance to lecture in the cardiovascular hematology block in different occasions, where I developed materials and visuals for presentation including in‐class formative assessment strategies, authored exam questions, and engaged students in exam challenge/rebuttal process.

Professional Activities:
  • Paradise Valley Community College, Phoenix, Arizona, USA, Adjunct Faculty Member: BIO156 course (2015-present)
  • University Of Arizona, College Of Pharmacy, Phoenix, Arizona, USA, Case Based Instruction Facilitator (2017-present)
  • University Of Arizona, College Of Medicine, Phoenix, Arizona, USA, Case Based Instruction Facilitator (2014-present)
  • University Of Arizona, College Of Medicine, Phoenix, Arizona, USA, Lecturer in the cardiovascular hematology block (2015-present)
  • Concordia University-Montreal, Quebec, Canada-Teaching Assistant (2009-2012)

  • BA Chemistry St. Michael's College Vermont
  • MS Chemistry U of New Hampshire
  • PHD Chemistry U of New Hampshire

Courses Taught:
  • CHM130 Introductory Chemistry
  • CHM 130LL Introductory Chemistry Lab
  • CHM 151 General Chemistry
  • CHM 230 General Organic Chemistry
  • CHM 230LL General Organic Chemistry Lab
  • CHM 235 General Organic Chemistry I
  • CHM235LL General Organic Chemistry I Lab
  • CHM 236 General Chemistry II
  • CHM 236 General Organic Chemistry II Lab

Teaching/Research Interests:
  • Retired

Professional Activities:
  • Residential faculty from 1994 until 2012.
  • Emeritus status granted 2015.

  • DC, Cleveland Chiropractic College

Courses Taught:
  • AP 201
  • AP 202
  • Bio 160
  • Bio 181

Teaching/Research Interests:
  • anatomy & physiology

Professional Activities:

licensed chiropractor in AZ since 1997

  • BS, University of Arizona
  • DC, Parker College of Chiropractic

Courses Taught:
  • Biology 160
  • Biology 201
  • Biology 202

Teaching/Research Interests:

Professional Activities:

  • Associates Degree in Arts, Science, Business, and General Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
  • Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering

Courses Taught:
  • ECE 102 Engineering Analysis Tools and Techniques

Teaching/Research Interests:
  • Engineering

Professional Activities:
  • Member of ASCE, AZWater, and AWWA.
  • Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Arizona


Dr. of Chiropractic (D.C.) Life Chriopractic College

Courses Taught:

Teaching/Research Interests:
  • In depth studies of the Anatomy and Physiology of the Human Body, Cellular Biology, Natural Health.

Professional Activities:
  • Adjunct Faculty since 1999

  • BS NAU Geology
  • MS University of Arizona Geosciences

Courses Taught:
  • GLG 101 Physical Geology
  • GLG103 Physical Geology Lab

Teaching/Research Interests:
  • Mineralogy and Structural Geology

Professional Activities:
  • PVCC Adjunct Faculty since 2002

  • B.S.E. Chemical Engineering, Arizona State University
  • Ph.D. Chemistry, Arizona State University

Courses Taught:

Teaching/Research Interests:
  • Bionanotechnology (the convergence of biochemistry and nanoscience)
  • Synthetic biology (engineering "artificial" biochemical systems)
  • Directed molecular evolution (using selective pressure to evolve new proteins and peptides with desired functions)
  • Synthesis of new inorganic materials under "extreme" pressure conditions

Professional Activities:
  • STEAM committee member
  • PSP2 (Professional Scientist Preparation Program) committee member

  • B.S. Physiology, University of Arizona
  • M.Ed. Educational Leadership, Northern Arizona University

Courses Taught:
  • BIO160 Introduction to Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • BIO201 Anatomy & Physiology I
  • BIO202 Anatomy & Physiology II

Teaching/Research Interests:
  • BIO100
  • BIO156
  • BIO181/182

Professional Activities:

Adjunct Faculty

  • BA, Psychology, Rutgers University
  • ND, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine

Courses Taught:
  • BIO 201, BIO 202, Nutrition

Teaching/Research Interests:
  • Anatomy and Physiology, Nutrition, Psychology, Alternative Medicine

Professional Activities:

  • Bachelors of Science (B.S.) from Cornell University
  • Medical Degree (M.D.) from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Masters in Health Sciences (M.H.Sc.) from Duke University

Courses Taught:
  • BIO100 - Biology Concepts
    BIO205 - Microbiology
    BIO201 - Anatomy (lab portion)

Teaching/Research Interests:
  • Dr. Thearle is a retired physician, originally from New York City. She moved to Phoenix to work with the Phoenix Epidemiology and Clinical Research Branch of the NIDDK / NIH where she served as the chief of the Unit of Energy Physiology and the fellowship director. She ran a number of clinical research studies investigating the effects of different diets on body metabolism and body weight. She also investigated the effects of diet and cold on brown adipose tissue activation. During her time with the NIH, she was awarded the American Diabetes Association of Arizona’s Valley of the Sun 2014 Cure Award. She also taught a statistical and clinical research seminar to visiting fellows and post-bacs.

Professional Activities:
  • Adjunct faculty since 2016
  • Thearle Science LLC - medical writing, statistics, clinical research support

  • BS, Biology, University of Notre Dame
  • MA, Physiology, Boston University School of Medicine
  • MBA, Management, Arizona State University

Courses Taught:
  • General Biology, Anatomy & Physiology, Cell Biology, Pathophysiology

Teaching/Research Interests:
  • Effect of Diabetes on Cerebral Microvessels.

Professional Activities:
  • Cardiology lab coordinator-Boston University School of Medicine. Adjunct professor at Arizona State University, Grand Canyon University, DeVry University, PVCC.