Dr. Megan Dennis is an assistant professor of Biology in the Science Department at Marist. She has her Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.
Where are you originally from?
I’m from just outside of Portland, Oregon. Made my way across the country and ended up here.
What piqued your interest in biology?
I think I was always interested in biology. I had various science classes in school when I was a kid and I always enjoyed figuring out why things worked and how they worked. That sort of morphed into “how does the world around us work?”
Where did you go to school?
I went to Gonzaga for my undergrad and I went to grad school in New Mexico and then I did a fellowship in Philly.
Although you’ve only been at Marist for a semester and a half, what’s your favorite part of teaching so far?
I really love interacting with the students. They have a real, genuine interest in the material. They’re not just learning it so they can pass the test, they actually get to the point of going beyond what we talk about in class and asking really intuitive questions and interacting a lot. That’s just fun. Having a really good, interactive lecture with students is a lot of fun.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to ride my bike back and forth to campus, I like to cook and knit, and I actually like to do "the science of cooking." My interest in that actually started out when I was in undergrad and we made yogurt in a microbiology lab. So now I make yogurt, I bake, I ferment things, stuff along those lines.
Do you have any advice for incoming students?
Try to learn to manage your time. It’s really hard to do and it’s something that I’m not sure anyone ever fully succeeds at, I mean it’s something I still work on at times. But your life will be much easier and much more enjoyable if you’re keeping track of deadlines. So, I think that’s one of the most difficult things to learn but also the most rewarding and important things to learn in college.
Written by Shannon Donohue '17
Profile Tags:Profile Type: Faculty
Academic School: Science
Campus: New York