About Dr. Zuk
Thank you for visiting my website. I hope you will find my web-page easy to understand and navigate.
I received my Bachelor of Science in Honours Biology in 1991 from McMaster University which is located in
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (http://www.mcmaster.ca). Yep - I am Canadian - which would explain the odd
spelling I use sometimes and the fact I pronounce "out" and "about" in a very strange way!
The "degree collecting process" didn't stop there, as I received a Master of Science in Biological Sciences
from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan in 1992 (http://www.wayne.edu). During that time, I began
my teaching career as a lowly teaching assistant for the many physiology professors in the department.
Last, but certainly not least, I received a PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology in 1999 - also from Wayne State
University where I was lucky enough to mentor under Dr. Lisa Elferink, PhD
Looking for warmer climates, I moved to sunny California, where I completed a post-doctoral position at the
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA (http://dgsom.healthsciences.ucla.edu/). I have continued on at
UCLA and am still an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery, where (in my spare time!) I
head up the Regenerative Bioengineering and Repair Facility.
While I find research to be both rewarding and challenging, my first love is teaching. I began teaching
Anatomy and Physiology at Santa Monica College in 2002 (http://www.smc.edu). I am still gainfully employed
by SMC as an Adjunct Associate Faculty and look forward to maintaining my relationship with this wonderful
However, I consider myself extremely lucky and grateful to have recently joined the faculty at West LA
College in Culver City, as their Majors Biology professor (http://www.wlac.edu). I first started teaching at
West LA in 2005, as one of their anatomy and physiology professors, in addition to teaching within the Dental
Hygiene department. In September of 2013, I was invited to join the full-time faculty and happily accepted.
While I still continued to teach Anatomy and Physiology at West LA, I am now thrilled to be able to teach the
Division's two majors-level Biology courses. I am excited to know that I will be able to teach at this
fantastic college for many, many years to come!!
Teaching has become a passion for me. There is nothing I find more enjoyable than the
chance to help others to learn about the fascinating worlds of biology, anatomy and