Dr. Saundra Oyewole

Professor Emerita of Biology

Phone: 202-884-


  • B.S., Zoology, Howard University
  • M.S., Microbiology, The University of Chicago
  • Ph.D., Microbiology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst


  • Diversity in science and the health professions
  • Undergraduate preparation for medical school
  • Exploring the interfaces between scientific disciplines to promote connected learning


My philosophy of teaching begins with the firm belief that all students can learn science and benefit from a deeper understanding of science, in both their personal and professional lives. My goal is to engage students through innovative approaches in teaching biology in ways that not only build foundational knowledge, but also stimulate a thirst for further exploration of science. Helping students develop skill sets that will strengthen their ability to engage in scientific inquiry and communicate their understanding of scientific information effectively, both orally and in writing, is another important goal. I have the good fortune to teach both majors and non-majors and my goals for both are essentially the same. I want my students to leave my classes with confidence in their ability to learn science and with excitement about science, no matter what their career goals are.