My name is Micah Donovan. I am a cancer researcher and currently working on my PhD in the Cancer Biology Graduate Interdisciplinary Program at the University of Arizona. I have a Master of Science (MS) in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Arizona and for my PhD I am investigating the impact components of our diet have on the regulation of key breast cancer fighting genes. My hope is that my current research will contribute knowledge regarding what we should and shouldn’t eat in order to best minimize cancer risk. I hope to use the knowledge I have gained in my graduate studies to continue cancer research in the lab and teach as a professor at a major university someday.
When I’m not in the lab I’m either with my dogs in nature, playing my guitar, or working out. My dog Alice is a 6 year-old German Shephard mix that looks like a coyote and is a better rock climber than most people. My dog Jameson is a 14 month-old Bullweiler (half Rottweiler, half English Bulldog) that was 100 lbs before he was even 1 year old! Chances are you can find us on Mount Lemmon most weekends. If not I’m either playing my guitar or working out. Both past times have been major passions in my life since I was very young.
My experience as a formal one-on-one tutor is limited, however throughout my entire Masters education I worked as a teaching assistant (TA) where I led discussion sections, held office hours and gave lectures. In this role I had the opportunity to help students with difficult aspects of the curriculum and provide guidance on projects and homework, similar to a tutor. Part of my responsibility as a senior graduate student is also to provide training to new members of the lab. My teaching style is versatile. Since everybody learns in individual ways I feel teaching should be tailored to their specifics. Thus, I feel I can adapt my teaching to visual, auditory, reading/writing, and kinesthetic learners. Being in a field of applied molecular biology I believe I am unique as a tutor in that I can provide concise, yet key detail-oriented, knowledge on general concepts and solidify the understanding of these concepts by applying a breadth of tangible examples and applications.