Brenda Gustin received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, her Master’s in Microbiology and Cell Science at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and her PhD in Microbiology at the University of Florida. In addition, she held research jobs for about 6 years in various areas of biology including malaria research, bacterial and plant metabolism, and insect biocontrol.
While working as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Florida, Brenda took a night job teaching Anatomy and Physiology at a local community college. While there, she realized that working with students gave her the spark she felt was missing, and she settled into a fulfilling career of teaching and science.
At Corning Community College Brenda has taught Integrated Science I and II, Human Biology, Microbiology and History of Biological Ideas. Whether teaching science majors, non-majors, or nursing majors, Brenda has a particular interest is helping students see how thinking scientifically is useful and necessary beyond the classroom. Her favorite topic to talk about is anything related to the beneficial activities of microorganisms. She hopes to help students understand how our daily activities can influence the numbers and types of microorganisms associated with our bodies and how that affects our health. In all of her classes, Brenda strives to help students find wonder and appreciation in the biological world.
Brenda has a passion for making and enjoying glass mosaics. She uses this medium to express her creativity, desire to work with her hands and blend art and science. Some of her favorite mosaic subjects, butterflies, fruit flies and microorganisms, are inspired by her love of biology.
American Society for Microbiology
Empire State Association for Two Year College Biologists
Society for American Mosaic Artists