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    Dr. Schwebach is a faculty member of the Biology Undergraduate Program, Coordinator of High School Outreach and Recruitment for The College of Science, and founding Coordinator of The Governor’s School at Innovation Park, a dual-enrollment public high school at Mason. Dr. Schwebach received his PhD in microbiology and immunology from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He also holds EdM (secondary science education) and MA (international education development) degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University. He grew up on a farm in New Mexico, and has a BA in agriculture and a BS in biochemistry from New Mexico State University. Before coming to Mason, he worked for the Board on Science Education at The National Research Council as a program officer and study director. From 2007-2008, he was an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) sponsored “Science and Technology Policy Fellow” at the National Science Foundation, in The Division of Research and Learning. In the New York City public school system, he taught high school chemistry and independent student research at The Beacon School, where he was a principal intern. His scientific research focused on the immunology of M. tuberculosis, the bacterial pathogen that causes tuberculosis. At Mason, he is helping to develop a new undergraduate curriculum in bioinformatics, teaches phage ecology undergraduate research, and is involved with several NSF projects that use Learning Assistants and engage faculty. His research interests include science education and phage and microbial evolution.

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