Tamara Mans

SC 120H

Office Hours:

My schedule changes every semester and will be posted outside my office door.


  • BS, The College Of New Jersey
  • MA, Princeton University
  • PHD, Princeton University

I was born in Washington State, but grew up mostly in Germany and New Jersey. I majored in Biology at The College of New Jersey, and earned my Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Princeton University, studying the evolution of RNA editing in myxomycete slime molds. I did post-doctoral research at Rockefeller University in Manhattan, interrogating expression patterns in genes of Trypanosoma brucei, parasites that cause African sleeping sickness.  Then my focus turned to teaching, and I’ve been teaching and researching with students for the last 20 years.  I hope to give students a strong foundation in biology and develop their strategies for learning and doing science.

I have taught at North Hennepin Community College since 2005. Currently, I teach Principles of Biology and Genetics courses for biology majors, and Biology I for students preparing for careers in allied health. I also mentor students in extracurricular research and advise the Biomedical Science Club.

I use CUREs (Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences) in my teaching. I am a member of the Malate Dehydrogenase CUREs Community (MCC) and the newly forming Optimizing Undergraduate Research with CUREs (OUR CUREs) Community, two national networks of faculty who use collaborative CUREs in our teaching and collect data about the impact of CUREs. 

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