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Robyn Arias
Assistant Professor, Life Sciences

Professor Arias joined the Long Beach City College Life Science Department in Fall of 2011 as a full-time Microbiology Professor, although she had been teaching Microbiology at LBCC since Fall of 2006 as a part-time instructor.  Dr. Arias became interested in the sciences as a high-school student and this motivated her to enroll at the University of California at San Diego and become a Biology Major. Additionally, Dr. Arias has an active interest in Ethnic Studies and partook in such classes while at U.C.S.D.  She then continued her studies in Biology by pursuing her Ph.D.

(562) 938-4412
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John. Downey
Professor, Life Sciences

Studied Pre-Veterinary/Animal Science earning a Bachelor’s Degree at California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo. Then studied at California State University at Fullerton for the Masters Degree in Cell and Molecular Biology. 

(562) 938-4460
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Morgan Roth
Assistant Professor, Life Sciences

Morgan has been at LBCC since 2018. She feels lucky to be a part of a culturally and intellectually rich community. The student have made her feel at home. Before LBCC, she worked at the University of Guam followed by part-time work at multiple community colleges in the Moneterey area. Morgan loves exploring the intricate cellular and systemic relationships that make life possible. Her graduate research studied the role of the gene parcas in mitochondrial morphology at the University of Californaia, San Diego.

(562) 938-4226
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Patti Valella
Assistant Professor, Life Sciences

Patti joined LBCC in Fall 2016. She has been teaching for over 30 years, with her initial appointment as an undergraduate teaching assistant at Michigan State University. Before coming to LBCC Patti taught Anatomy and Physiology, Biology for majors, Human Biology, Human Nutrition, and Biology for non-majors. At LBCC Patti teaches Human Anatomy, Human Biology, Human Biology Lab, Contemporary Biology, and soon to be teaching Biology for Science Majors.

(562) 938-4518