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Society for Developmental Biology

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The Society for Developmental Biology (SDB), founded in 1939, promotes the field of developmental biology by fostering excellence in research and education, providing advice and resources on careers and providing information for the public on relevant topics in developmental biology.


Yolanda Cruz
Editor Degrees: 
  • B.S., University of the Philippines
  • M.S., University of the Philippines      
  • Ph.D., University of California
About Teaching and Course Source: 

In my 27 years at Oberlin College, I have taught at all levels of the biology curriculum, including general biology, cell biology, developmental biology, epigenetics and bioethics. I have also personally trained over 100 undergraduates in research, some of whom have been my co-authors on peer-reviewed publications. My goal is to teach the subject matter, but also to teach students how to train themselves to learn.  I emphasize organization and context while being mindful of how different students learn and what techniques work best both inside and outside of contact hours, in the classroom or in the lab. I have received several teaching awards at Oberlin College, including one in 2013 for “Sustained Excellence in Mentorship and Teaching.” In the same year, I was selected by Princeton Review as one of the US’s “Three Hundred Best Professors” (


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