Assistant Professor - Teaching Track
Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences
Office 4H43 - Lab 1H6, Health Sciences Centre
As a Teaching Professor and the Undergraduate Biochemistry Advisor in the department, my main interest lies in promoting and maintaining an excellent educational experience for all our undergraduate students. My true passion lies in helping our undergraduate students experience all that our research faculty have to offer with respect to current research being implemented in the department. However; I am equally driven to promoting transferrable skills, like oral and written communication skills, to further the success of our undergraduate students not only throughout their undergraduate experience, but also in their future endeavours. Overall, I am extremely honoured to interact with our undergraduate students and help them discover the wonderful world of Biomedical Sciences within our Department.
1. Vulcu, F., MacDonald, M. (2014) A Canadian (un)Curriculum Nature, Trade Secrets http://blogs.nature.com/tradesecrets/2014/12/02/a-canadian-uncurriculum
2. Vulcu, F., Heirwegh, M. (2014) Dr. Earl N. Meyer, in the lab, with a scalpel: A murder mystery as a biochemistry recruitment tool Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education Article first published online: 14 NOV 2014 DOI: 10.1002/bmb.20830
3. Vulcu, F., Heirwegh, M., Jones, K., Cornelius, R. (2014) A multidisciplinary module-based biotechnology lab course: forging bridges between Biochemistry and Chemical Engineering experiential-based learning. ICEER2014 Conference Proceedings (ISBN 978-0-9939779-0-9).
http://www.ece.mcmaster.ca/faculty/bakr/iCEER2014-McMaster_Digest.pdf , page 15.
Presentations at Meetings:
1. MIIETL organized workshop on Active and Inquiry Based learning lead by Mick Healy from the University of Gloucestershire in the UK.
2. The International Conference on Engineering Education and Research (ICEER2014-McMaster)
3. An Idea Exchange (McMaster University).
Proposed Table Topic Theme: Engaging Biochemistry and Chemical Engineering students in a Biotechnology laboratory course Background information: Effective communication between different communities, even within the university, can be a challenge. To this end, the departments of Biochemistry & Biomedical Sciences and Chemical Engineering have forged an educational alliance and designed a unique laboratory course revolving around the theme of Biotechnology. This course is taught as a 3-module design involving current biotechnological themes: mammalian cell culture, biomaterials, and bioreactors. The course itself is coordinated by 2 faculty members and 2 staff members representing both departments. All 4 coordinators are present during the labs and provide facilitation from their various viewpoints. Additionally, the students taking this course represent both departments. Therefore, this course aims to not only introduce students to current technical skills, but also to develop multidisciplinary collaborations among members of the McMaster community. Our hopes are that these collaborative skills will translate to industry stakeholders. Additionally, this course uses various active learning styles in an attempt to highlight the concept of “convergence”: multidisciplinary thinking and collaboration whereby biomedical and chemical engineering scientists are EQUAL partners and share their viewpoints and expertise towards solving specific problems in the field of Biotechnology. Please join us and share in our experiences, challenges and successes throughout this wonderful journey of MAC community engagement.