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About Me


After earning my B.S. in Biochemistry, from U.C.D. I continued to participate in primary research where I have contributed to publishing a few articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals.  I thoroughly enjoyed research, but I discovered an interest in educating others. Therefore, I earned my teaching credential and began teaching in 1998.  I have credentials in life science, chemistry, and introductory mathematics.  I have not only taught, but I have contributed to my school site serving on Site Council (3-terms), Science Olympiad Coach, and Department Chair of Science.  I currently teach a rigorous curriculum of Honors Chemistry and Advanced Placement Chemistry.

I am passionate about educating the youth and inspiring them to potentially pursue scientific careers. In my free time I enjoy spending time with family, gardening, bicycling, and sharing life with my supportive and loving wife.

Published Papers

Role of the SH3-Ligand Domain of Simian Immunodeficiency Virus Nef in Interaction with Nef-associated Kinase (NAK) and Simian AIDS in Rhesus Macaques. Khan, I.H., Sawai, E.T., Antonio, E., Weber, C.J., Mandell, C., Montbriand, P.M., Luciw, P.A.  (1998) J. Of Virology Vol. 72, No. 7: 5820-5830

Activation of PAK by HIV and SIV Nef: Importance of AIDS in rhesus macaques. Sawai, E.T., Khan, I.H., Montbriand, P.M., Peterlin, B.M., Cheng-Meyer, C., and Luciw, P.A.  (1996) Current Biology Vol. 6 No. 11: 1519-1527

Improved Method for the Removal of Endotoxin from DNA. Montbriand, P.M. and Malone, R.W.  (1995) J. Of Biotechnology 44: 43-46

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California State University, Sacramento

M.A. Education Curriculum and Instruction


University California, Davis

B.S. Biochemistry


California State University, Sacramento

Professional Clear Teaching Credential and C.L.A.D.


American River College

A.S. Science

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Why Crazy Hats?

I get this question frequently.  I started teaching chemistry over 20 years ago and I wanted this difficult subject to be not only rigorous, but fun.  Therefore, I started with "Crazy Hair Fridays" where I would color my hair - blue was the first color.  Well, the loss of hair made me move to another media, that is "Crazy Hat" Fridays, where I wear a different hat every Friday of the school year.  It has turned into a machine that is unstoppable.

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