Profiles at SF State

Biology

Brian Cruz

Brian Cruz

Brian Cruz's research takes an unanswered problem from biology—"how do bacteriophage viruses store their own DNA?". Since bacteriophage viruses are those which attack bacteria, being able to simulate them in their various life stages is an important step in developing bacteriophage-based drugs.

Biology (Marine Biology)

Morgan Meyers

Morgan Meyers

I am a graduate student investigating how the nutritional value of organisms at the bottom of the marine food chain might be affected by ocean acidification (OA), a CO2-induced phenomena that alters the chemistry of seawater.  Although I am partial to food webs and climate change in th

Business Administration (MBA)

Ashly Collins (MBA)

Ashly Collins

Ashly Collins has been determined to get a master's of business administration (MBA) since age 10. Raised in Paradise, California, by parents who did not attend university but encouraged her to dream big, she worked toward her childhood goal by majoring in economics at UC Davis.

Chemistry (Biochemistry)

Russell Jensen

Russell Jensen

Russell Jensen grew up in Livermore, CA and earned bachelor's degrees at San Francisco State University in physiology and biochemistry and a master's degree in biochemistry. His doctoral research focuses on light-induced processes in colloidal quantum dots.

Chemistry / Biochemistry

April Lynn Toledo (Biochecmistry)

April Lynn Toledo

The path to a career in science wasn't a direct one for April Lynn Toledo. After high school, she said, she was "kind of done with school" and worked a string of retail jobs. Eventually she decided to attend community college and major in gender studies.

Cinema

Eliciana Nascimento

Eliciana Nascimento

Eliciana Nascimento earned her MFA in Cinema at San Francisco State University. Her goal is to use cinema as a tool to revolutionize lives. She feels empowered by the knowledge she has gained at SF State to tell her people's stories in a way that will spur positive social change.

Design and Industry

Todd Wilkinson

Todd Wilkinson

Todd Wilkinson found inspiration for his graduate creative work project in the Wounded Warrior Home Project, and in Richard Louv’s book The Nature Principle. He sought to facilitate outdoor activities, which according to Louv can restore a sense of health and tranquility, for manual wheelchair users.

Ecology

Genevieve Walden

Genevieve Walden

Genevieve Walden has an M.S. in Ecology and Systematic Biology from San Francisco State University, and is currently a third-year Ph.D. candidate in the Baldwin Lab in the Department of Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley, working on systematics of the native plant subfamily Hydrophylloideae (Boraginaceae).

Education

Laurie Scolari

Laurie Scolari

Dr. Laurie Scolari’s doctoral research at San Francisco State University, entitled, “First Generation Students of Color: Easing their Transition to Community Colleges,” is based in her experiences as an advisor in the California community college system.

Educational Leadership EdD

Nancy Reyes (Education)

Nancy Reyes

Her dissertation, "The Desire to Persist: Voices of First Generation Latino Community College Students," found that many of these students experience feelings of invalidation, causing them to withdraw from school, and offers ways that colleges can create a welcoming atmosphere where students are

Electrical Engineering

Shad Kish

Shad Kish

"Miniaturizing High-frequency Passive RFID Antenna for Biomedical Implants" was a year-long and demanding, yet very rewarding project that was a part of Shad Kish's Master’s thesis while studying Electrical Engineering at SF State.

English (TESOL)

Lindsey Sivaslian (English - TESOL)

Lindsey Sivaslian

After graduating from Concordia University in Chicago, Lindsey Sivaslian taught English in Japan for two years before arriving in the Bay Area to work as an educator providing academic English as a Second Language support to students.

Ethnic Studies

Jonathan Brumfield (Ethnic Studies)

Jonathan Brumfield

Brumfield, who will receive a master's of arts in ethnic studies, now leads the arts program at Safe Passages, an Oakland nonprofit with the goal of inspiring young people and ending the cycle of poverty. He teaches the history of hip hop and aerosol art, using these topics as a tool to connect students to their heritage and personal identities.

Geography

Andrea Dransfield

Andrea Dransfield

Andrea Dransfield wanted to make a difference and take part in research that can solve real world conservation problems. Working with Ellen Hines in the Geography Department at San Francisco State University, in the Marine & Coastal Conservation and Spatial Planning Lab, made this possible.

Geosciences

Mays Danfoura

Mays Danfoura

Mays Danfoura's research uses SF State's low impact development (LID) network which includes three of the most commonly used best management practices (BMP) that have been instrumented to monitor recharge quantity and quality.

Gerontology

Katrin Richter

Katrin Richter

Katrin Richter’s main interest lies in public policy and community programs supporting older adults and their varying needs. She brought fall prevention programs to Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, CA by establishing a strong relationship with Stanford Medical School and its community outreach programs.

Gerontology

Susan Moldaw

Susan Moldaw

Susan Moldaw is the new Jewish chaplain at Congregation Emanu-el. She recently completed a program of clinical pastoral education at California Pacific Medical Center, where she provided spiritual care to hospital patients, families, and staff. Susan has an MA in Gerontology from San Francisco State University.

Gerontology

Nancy Dudley

Nancy Dudley

Nancy Dudley earned an MA in Gerontology from SF State, and has a BSN from USF. At SF State, Nancy wrote her Gerontology master’s thesis on "Palliative Care in Long-Term Care.". Her research focuses on early integration of community-based palliative care for management of chronic illness in the elderly.

Philosophy

Andrew Peterson

Andrew Peterson

Andrew Peterson began his graduate studies in philosophy at San Francisco State University. Here, under the supervision of Professor Anita Silvers, Andrew began investigating conceptual problems related to post traumatic stress disorder suffered by U.S. military personnel of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.

Public Health

David Stupplebeen (Public Health)

David Stupplebeen

David Stupplebeen has contributed to the public health field as a researcher, practitioner and educator. Of mixed heritage himself (white, Korean and native Hawaiian), Stupplebeen is interested in studying health outcomes among mixed-race populations and other groups that have been overlooked.

Recreation, Parks, and Tourism

Sharon Farrell

Sharon Farrell

Sharon completed a minor in recreation and leisure studies at San Francisco State in 1992.  Inspired by her community based stewardship work on the Presidio National Park, Sharon returned to SFSU in 1996 to complete her Recreation Master’s Degree.

Recreation, Parks, and Tourism

Phil Coffin

Phil Coffin

In his classes at San Francisco State University, Phil Coffin learned about social justice, race, class, and other social issues. In studying the economic, social, and racial factors that may create barriers to participation in recreation, Coffin gained a solid academic basis for the work that he now does every day.

Recreation, Parks, and Tourism

Kelsie Bertram

Kelsie Bertram

The Recreation and Tourism Graduate Program prepared Kelsie Bertram for a career in hospitality. Exposing her to the many directions and career options her degree could take her was eye-opening. Bringing in various speakers from the field  offered new perspectives Bertram may not have considered before.

Recreation, Parks, and Tourism

Susie Barr-Wilson

Susie Barr-Wilson

At SF State, Susie Barr-Wilson focused her graduate studies on young women's empowerment through outdoor recreation. With the flexibility of the Recreation, Parks, and Tourism (RPT) program to design her own emphasis and an advisor who shared and supported her passions, Barr-Wilson was able to craft her graduate school experience into exactly what she wanted it to be.

Sexuality Studies MA

Christine Gonzalez

The daughter of a single mother who immigrated to East Los Angeles from Mexico, Gonzalez is the first member of her family to attend college. After earning a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of California, San Diego, she worked as a public school sexual health educator in L.A. before moving on to grad school.