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Hernandez-Rodriguez, Yainitza (Ph.D.)

Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Sciences

WH 0248
 Genetics, Cell Biology, Science Writing

Dr. Hernandez-Rodriguez is interested in creating positive teaching experiences for student success that incorporates scientific writing. In her classes, she aims for creating teaching environments that allow for the application of higher-order thinking. Her research interests are related to the effects of essential oils in the pathogen Aspergillus fumigatus and the model system Aspergillus nidulans. She is also interested in continuing her studies on the biology of the septin cytoskeleton in Aspergillus nidulans. In addition, she collaborates with the Whitaker Center for STEM Education at FGCU in the GEMS activities, STEM Institute K-12, has led the Summer Research Opportunity camp (SRO), and is part of the Leadership Board. She is also a member of the Textbook & Academic Authors Association. Dr. Hernandez-Rodriguez also worked as a Project Coordinator for the NSF Project Language-rich Inquiry Science with English Language Learners Through Biotechnology (LISELL-B; NSF award # DRL-1316398) and since then she has also been interested in educating and developing curriculum for success for emergent bilinguals (ELLs). On various occasions, she has severed as a speaker for training educators on ways to engage with emergent bilinguals in the science classroom.

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