The issuance of our doctoral degrees is reviewed and approved by PhD faculty.
As for day to day operations, we have moved away from the use of a part-time faculty panel to a few full time core faculty and instructors which serve as mentors and guides and monitor the students’ progress through the program.
Education at on Online College
Education in the virtual world is essentially a self-learning experience. We do not have buildings or offices which house professors who give lectures in large lecture halls and in some cases conduct research activities. Rather we use learned scientists and educators to help develop our course content which is then uploaded to our website for delivery to students. As a virtual college, course material is not “taught” by a professor or instructor, but rather learned by the student in a self-learning process.
Because programs are delivered in an asynchronous manner, students and faculty are not online at the same time. With students from many countries, it would not be possible for instructors and students to meet at the same times due to varying time zones and locations.
Consequently, our stem cell Ph.D. program relies much more heavily on Information Technology (IT) staff rather than on teaching faculty. Our “Private Student Portals” represent an elegant and unique format in which we create a private website for each student where all relevant courses, financial records and academic records are centralized for easy access by the student at any time. The course content for our degree program is decided upon at the top with input from qualified people, rather than based on which particular faculty we have and what their individual specialties are. Basing a curriculum on what faculty an institution has is a restrictive approach to modern education, and limits the ability to deliver innovative programs. Our stem cell biology Ph.D. program is predesigned in order to achieve consistency which does not exist where various instructors are permitted to conduct their own courses. We require our students (and hence our student mentors and guides) to follow a specific path to ensure that the highest quality of educational outcome is achieved.
This concentration on consistency also benefits our students in that by generally supplying only a few Instructor/mentors, the online student can become comfortable as to what is expected, and experience less variation (sometimes radical) in teaching styles commonly experienced when subjected to a different faculty member for every course.
From time to time applicants inquire about our teaching faculty. While we do have some “in house” faculty members, we rely primarily on learned experts who have generously made their lectures and knowledge available to the world online. So, through the use of video lectures and other online resources, our courses are “taught” by world-renowned experts, lecturers, and authors. Our in-house faculty members serve primarily in the roles of Mentors and Advisors, answer questions, and generally supervise the course content. In this way, we can offer lectures and content from qualified faculty from other international institutions like the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, yet which are not on our staff nor associated with us. Internationally acclaimed faculty thus become our faculty for some courses and lectures.
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Our teaching faculty also includes our Director, Walter P. Drake, a published scientist within the fields of tumor immunology and stem cell medicine, and a recent co-author of the first definitive report published in the U.S. demonstrating the safety of adult stem cell treatment in a variety of disease conditions involving 676 patients. Click for PDF version: Safety Analysis of Autologous Stem Cell Therapy in a Variety of Degenerative Diseases and Injuries Using the Stromal Vascular Fraction. J Clin Med Res 2017: 9(11): 935-942. Dr. Drake’s CV can be found Here: WDrakeCV2017-2018
(A) Permanent Staff
Dr. Walter P. Drake, Director, Panama College of Cell Science
J.D., University of Baltimore (USA); PhD , Panama College Of Cell Science
A published scientist in the field of tumor immunology, with 25 lead author research reports in bio-medical journals, Dr. Drake covers some of our most important courses, having been studying the stem cell field for over 15 years. Dr. Drake is also the Director of the Drake Biomedical Institute, a patient advocacy organization, which helps to sponsor the College.
Dr. Kelli Miller, Director of Education
Ph.D., Capella University (USA)
Dr. Miller is an experienced educator in the post-secondary school environment. Prior to obtaining her doctoral degree in “Post-secondary and Adult Education”, she received a Masters Degree from Jones International University with a study specialization in “Challenges of Non-Traditional Adult Learners”. She has designed curricula and training programs for the State of Georgia. Most importantly to our students, Dr. Miller is the best at being a PhD Mentor and Editor for doctoral candidates.
F. Karl Weddige, MED, PhD
Dr. Weddige is a published researcher, tenured psychologist, and an accomplished biopharmaceutical professional. Dr. Weddige has practiced as an Associate Clinical Psychologist in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. During this same time, he also conducted pre-clinical trials at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Department of Neuropharmacology (Lubbock, Texas). This research focused on single-unit extracellular electrophysiology of midbrain dopamine-containing neurons whose populations are implicated in a variety of psychiatric, neurological, and neurodegenerative disorders (Parkinson’s disease, Schizophrenia, Tourette’s syndrome). Finally, Dr. Weddige also offers over a decade of biopharmaceutical experience in the areas of Medical Affairs, Medical Compliance and Ethics, as-well-as in the Commercial and Marketing divisions. Dr. Weddige’s current research interests include The Use of hESC’s in the Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders and The Use of Various Growth Factors in the Ex-Vivo Expansion of Human Umbilical Cord Blood CD34+ Cells. Dr. Weddige has graciously agreed to support the Faculty as needed and is sure to play a major role in the future of the College.
Igneris Rosado-Erazo, M.S., Ph.D.
Life Sciences Instructor and Special Student Mentor
Dr. Rosado-Erazo is an experienced biotechnologist with 12 years experience in the biotechnology industry. Currently an Associate Scientist with Amgen Manufacturing, an innovative world leader experimenting with cutting-edge science and technology in search of therapies for our most serious diseases, she has hands-on experience in the manufacturing of biologics, and is knowledgeable in Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), Good Laboratories Practices (GLP) and Standard Operation Procedures (SOP). Her recent paper, “How to Treat Patients with Adult Stem Cells without specific FDA approval and without the necessity of conducting any prior clinical trial”, is a good refresher and review of the current landscape involving patient therapy with adult stem cells. Dr. Rosado-Erazo will assist as needed with the instruction in life science courses across all programs of our Schools, and will work with students as Special Student Mentor.
(B) Adjunct Staff: Part-Time Instructors to whom we can go on a rotating basis who have graciously expressed interest in teaching our program and who have helped to guide the initial formulations of our Curricula. As enrollment increases, more reliance on our own adjunct staff will occur. (Not all staff listed)
This List of Our Faculty Members Will Be Updated From Time to Time
Dr. Manisha Bajpai
PhD, Cell & Molecular Biology, Insitute of Chemical Biology-Jadavpur University (India)
Currently a research scientist and Instructor at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Dr. Baijpai conducts research in the area of cell and molecular biology, has authored numerous biomedical reports, including authoring a chapter in “Tropomyosin in Human Disease: Ulcerative Colitis” [Landes Bioscience Publishers, Australia 2007].
Dr. Bhuvana Balasubramanian
PhD, Molecular Biology, State University of New York (NY, USA)
Dr. Balasubramanian is primarily a research scientist in the area of molecular biology, defining messenger kinases, and endocrine systems, and also is an experienced educational mentor.
Dr. Krishnakumar Balasubramanian
PhD, Cell and Molecular Biology, Panjab University (India)
A former Assistant Professor at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Dr. Balasubramanian taught Cancer Biology, is an experienced educational mentor, as well as lead author in a number of basic research studies in the biomedical field.
Dr. Maria Festing
PhD, Department of Molecular Genetics, Ohio State University (Ohio,USA)
An embryologist and molecular geneticist, Dr. Festing’s most recent appointment is as Postdoctoral Senior Fellow, University of Washington, Dept of Bioengineering, where she has authored various publications.
Dr. Rajendra Gharbaran
PhD, Biology, City University of New York (CUNY, USA)
In addition to research activitiies, Dr. Gharbaran is an experienced instructor in human anatomy and physiology, including expertise in delivering course content via Blackboard and other instructional technologies.
Dr. Valerie T. Houghton
PhD, Capella University (USA)
Currently Adjunct Faculty Online Instructor in Biological Sciences at Waldorf College, and former Professor, Physical and Biological Sciences at Chief Dull Knife College, Dr. Houghton is an experienced educator with over 12 years experience in online teaching as well as research experience in oncology, hematology, and immunology. Dr. Houghton was one of the founding faculty of Redding College, and taught the first distance education courses there.
Dr. Ratnadeep Saha
PhD, College of Science and Technology, University of Calcutta (India)
A published scientist in the field of physiology, Dr. Saha teaches physiology to medical/nursing students at the National Medical College in Nepal (India).
Dr. Michael Joseph Shamblott
PhD, Endocrinology, University of Maryland (USA)
Dr. Shamblott was formerly a Research Scientist at the International Center for Spinal Cord Injury (ICSCI) at Kennedy Krieger Institute. Also formerly an Assistant Professor with the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Department of Neurology with joint appointment in the Johns Hopkins University Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. A stem cell biologist, he is a prolific researcher and author of numerous publications in biomedical journals (including authoring chapters in various books) covering the most up to date and cutting edge areas in human stem cell research, growth factors, and messenger molecules involved in cell-cell communications. He is currently involved in research to develop cell therapies for type I (Juvenile) diabetes and spinal cord injury. In 1998, he was the lead scientist and principle author of the very important study entitled: “Derivation of pluripotent stem cells from cultured human primordial germ cells”. Dr. Shamblott was a founding member of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine’s Institute for Cell Engineering, and specializes in among other things, the difficult field of Bioinformatics using instructional technology based on Moodle.