Dr. Zainab Ahmed teaches microbiology in the Natural & Behavioral Sciences Department of Pellissippi State. She earned her Ph.D. degree in microbiology/virology in the College of Science of Baghdad University in Iraq, then taught in Iraq for ten years before immigrating to the United States.
Dr. Ahmed has taught at Pellissippi State for three years, always striving to use different, interesting strategies to help her students understand microbiology materials. She is especially innovative in her approach to lab work. Students in Dr. Ahmed’s microbiology lab do art projects. For more than two years, on the Magnolia Avenue and Strawberry Plains campuses, students have created paintings with bacteria and other microscopic organisms using agar as their canvas. View the article explaining how students create their works of art, including pictures.
Currently Karen Sorensen, Instructional Designer for PACE, is working with Dr. Ahmed on another project for her lab students. Together they are creating a concept cartoon for the microbiology lab, specifically for use in explaining biochemical tests exercises. The cartoon will make these exercises more interesting and easier to understand for the students.