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Full Time Faculty Adjunct

Sean Birke
Kimberleigh Foster
Wesley Whitfield

Rama Nemani

Full Time Faculty

Sean Birke

Sean BirkeTitle: Professor-Chemistry
Office: ASI 223
Extension: 3330
Email:sbirke@jeffco.edu

Master of Science: U of Wisconsin-Madison
Bachelor of Arts: Occidental College


Mr. Birke graduated in 1988 from Occidental College in Los Angeles with an B.A. in Chemistry and a research emphasis in Biochemistry in which he determined the kinetic mechanism for human erythrocyte Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase. Over the next two years Mr. Birke pursued a M.S. degree in Organic Chemistry under the direction of Bob McMahon, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The focus of his research was organic non-linear optic materials. From Wisconsin, Mr. Birke moved to the University of Missouri at Columbia from 1990 to 2000. There, under the direction of Dave Emerich, he studied the genetic regulation of the malate dehydrogenase gene from Bradyrhizobium japonicum and its supporting role in nitrogen fixation. He is currently A.B.D.

Mr. Birke was recently nominated to Who`s Who in American higher education. Some of his hobbies and other interests include: hiking, canoeing, reading and cooking.



Kimberleigh Foster

Kimberleigh FosterTitle: Science Lab Instructor
Office: ASI 215B
Extension: 3313
Email:kfoster1@jeffco.edu

Master of Natural Science: Southeast Missouri St Univ
Bachelor of Science: Southeast Missouri St Univ


Mrs. Foster received her bachelor`s degree in biology and her master`s degree in Microbiology and Biochemistry from Southeast Missouri State University. Her experiences at Southeast include work on the "West Nile Surveillance Project" funded by the CDC and environmental antibiotic resistance research. She has significant experience in the field of nursing prior to attending graduate school. She has additional post graduate experience in the field of anaerobic environmental microbiology. She is currently a science laboratory instructor for the departments of chemistry and biology and is a lecturer in Microbiology at Jefferson College.



Wesley Whitfield

Wesley WhitfieldTitle: Asst Professor - Chemistry
Office: ASI 222
Extension: 3274
Email:wwhitfie@jeffco.edu

Master of Science: Florida State U at Tallahassee



Adjunct

Rama Nemani

Rama NemaniTitle: Adjunct-contracted
Office: ASI 239E
Extension: 3321
Email:rnemani@jeffco.edu

Doctor of Philosophy: University of Poona
Master of Science: University of Poona
Bachelor of Science: Sri Venkateswara Univ


Dr. Rama Nemani has been an instructor in chemistry at Jefferson College since 2007. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Master of Science in Biochemistry, and a Ph.D. in Chemistry. His Ph.D. thesis research work dealt on the chemistry and biochemistry of Organophosphorus compounds. After his Ph.D. he worked as a post-doctoral at Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand. At Victoria University he accomplished research on the molecular mechanisms underlying the insecticide resistance in insects. In the United States, Dr. Nemani worked at the University of Miami School of Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center, St. Louis VA Medical Center, and St. Louis University School of Medicine on several of the research projects which were funded by the NIH, NSF, and VA Merit Review. These research projects include biochemical mechanisms for the modulation of vitamin D metabolism in aging and diabetes, drug metabolism in diabetes, post-translational modification of proteins during aging and disease, molecular mechanisms of signal transduction, protein phosphorylation and dephosphorylation, structure and function of protein kinases and protein phosphatases.

Dr. Nemani has published his research findings in several of the peer-reviewed scientific journals. He is a member of professional societies. He received Outstanding Performance Awards for research from the Department of Veterans Affairs and a travel grant award to present a research paper at an international scientific meeting from the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Apart from his research, Dr. Nemani taught organic, inorganic, physical and biological chemistry at various institutions.