Dr. Diana Tata, 2015
- Associate Professor, School of Biological and Physical Sciences
- DSC employee since January 2009
Degrees and schools where awarded:
- Bachelor of Science in Biology, Coastal Carolina University
- Doctor of Philosophy in Molecular Biology, Florida Institute of Technology
Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science of the USA, Master Faculty III graduate, Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing In the Disciplines (WAC/WID) program participant, NASA International Space Station (ISS) workshop participant.
Outside interests: my kids, photography, NPR podcasts, reading, yoga, TED talks, Disney World, beach days
What did you do prior to joining Daytona State College? I was in graduate school at Florida Tech in Melbourne. I studied how DNA replication begins, using E. coli as a model system.
What professional projects are you working on right now? Right now I’m working on a QuESST project that incorporates WAC/WID methods into a fully online microbiology course.
What has been the most rewarding thing about your Daytona State College experience? Helping students succeed and following their progress. I was excited to learn that my former students were among the first graduates of the DSC Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.
What is one goal you still hope to achieve in your career? I plan to constantly improve my teaching approaches throughout my career.
In life? To watch my children grow into happy, kind adults.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten? Everyone is doing the best they can with the tools they’ve been given.
One thing people are surprised to find out about me is: Although I’ve always liked science, I didn’t know it was my path for a long time. I began college as a French language major.
Last book read: "The Omnivore’s Dilemma" by Michael Pollan
Who are the four people in the history of the world you most admire? Marie Curie, Louis Pasteur, Charles Darwin, Galileo
The Daytona State of Mind to me means... a collegial working environment focused on student success.