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University of Central Oklahoma

Classes Taught

  • Biology
  • Human physiology laboratory

Education and Certifications

  • M.S. of Education in Biology 2011- With Honors- University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Oklahoma
  • B.S. of Science, Biology 2007- Magna Cum Laude- University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Oklahoma
  • Undergraduate, Associate of Physician Assistant 1995, Baden-Wurttemberg Chamber of Physician, Heidelberg, Germany

Honors and Awards

  • Oklahoma Research Day 2011, Certification/award of Participation
  • Certificate/award of volunteer at Mustang public schools 2008
  • The National Scholars Honor Society, Magna Cum Laude, 2007
  • Tri Beta, Biology Honor Society, life long member
  • The Notional Dean’s List, awarded & published in the book, 2005 - 2006
  • Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society award, and certification of chapter Alpha Theta Alpha 2002


  • Instructor of Biology at the University of Central Oklahoma

            STLR faculty, 2018 – present

            Instructor, 2012 – present

  • Substitute teacher at public schools

            2008 – 2011

  • PA and surgical assistant & expertise in blood and pathogenic works at the medical office, Heidelberg, Germany

           1992 – 1996

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Reviewer/evaluator of proposals/abstracts of the University of Central Oklahoma Collegium on College Teaching Practices for the Center for Excellence in Transformative Teaching and Learning, 2016/2017 – present
  • Evaluate/grade the Capstone papers, 2015 – present
  • Oklahoma regional science fair judge, 2017 – present

Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities

Caddell, G. M., K Cristoffel, C. Esqueda, A. Price, and S. Derakhshan. 2016. Vascular flora of Hafer Park, an urban park in Edmond, Oklahoma. Paper presented at the Oklahoma Academy of Science Technical Meeting, Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, November 4, 2016.

Derakhshan. S., is acknowledged in the book of Vascular Flora of Hafer Park authored and published by Dr. Caddell, et.all.

Ovrebo, C. L., Lord, W. D., and Derakhshan, S. 2011. Using Commercial Mushrooms as Baits to Attract Insects and Other Invertebrates. Poster presented at the Cameron University, Lawton, Oklahoma.


Plant study/research, physiology and pathology, including behavioral biology/neurology.

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