Jorge L. Obeso, Ph.D.
Updated : August 2013   MDC School of Science
Jorge L. Obeso, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology
Department of Biology, Health and Wellness and Funeral Sciences

MDC-North Campus
Science Complex
11380 N.W. 27th Avenue
Room A331
Miami, FL 33167

305-237-8088 (direct)
305-237-1101 (Department front desk)


With Professor Miriam Frances Abety accompanying the Honors College Students to the Washington Center Seminar and Presidential Inauguration, February 2013.

  Please access the following links for information on the course syllabus and/or schedule:
BSC-1005 VC : General Education Biology  
BSC-2010 : Principles of Biology I  
BSC-2010-Lab : Principles of Biology Lab I  
BSC-2011 : Principles of Biology II  
BSC-2011-Lab : Principles of Biology Lab II  
BSC-2086 VC : Anatomy and Physiology II  
PCB-3060: Genetics  

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2012 MANNS Conference: Atlanta, GA

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Biology Building, University of Puerto Rico - Rio Piedras Campus


Ph.D. Zoology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1991

Ph.D. Human Cancer Biology (Oncology), University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1991

M.S. Zoology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1985

B.S. Biology, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, 1980

Science Complex, MDC-North Campus




University of Wisconsin-Madison


With Congressman Lincoln Diaz Balart and MDC Honors College students on a visit to the US Capitol, February 2013.

Learning is a life-long process. I encourage my students to "think out of the box" and beyond their textbook in order to make their learning experience relevant to their daily life, and their future. Science is more than the textbook; its all over us -- alive and ticking, and it is FUN!.

I teach my students to challenge the textbook, to "think out of the box"  and to let their imaginations take off! There are never "stupid" questions in my classes; but those that are never asked (and they will sure be on the test !). Science is a process of intelligent & educated guesswork in order to find logical answers to the world around us.  I look forward to "picking your brains" and for you to keep me on my toes in this life-long learning process.

GET READY TO HAVE FUN WITH SCIENCE.  I look forward to having you in my biology courses !


Learning Outcomes Assessment Project 
At present, we are working on the development of learning outcome assessment instruments for the Learning Assessment Outcome (LOA)  project.

What is the Learning Outcome Assessment Project?

All students who graduate from MDC have one thing in common – General Education. General Education is the part of the curriculum shared by all students regardless of major or degree type.  The outcomes, summarized below, reflect skills and knowledge that allow you not only to succeed in your chosen field, but also to enable you to be a lifelong learner.  The General Education Outcomes have been embedded in the course design, and addressed during the course delivery. Through the academic disciplines and co-curricular activities, General Education provides multiple, varied, and intentional learning experiences to facilitate the acquisition of fundamental knowledge and skills, and the development of attitudes that foster effective citizenship and life-long learning.

As graduates of Miami Dade College, students will be able to:

  1. Communicate effectively using listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.
  2. Use quantitative analytical skills to evaluate and process numerical data.
  3. Solve problems using critical and creative thinking and scientific reasoning.
  4. Formulate strategies to locate, evaluate, and apply information.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of diverse cultures, including global and historical perspectives.
  6. Create strategies that can be used to fulfill personal, civic, and social responsibilities.
  7. Demonstrate knowledge of ethical thinking and its application to issues in society.
  8. Use computer and emerging technologies effectively.
  9. Demonstrate an appreciation for aesthetics and creative activities.
  10. Describe how natural systems function and recognize the impact of humans on the environment

 For more information click here: MDC-Learning Outcomes



I enjoy all those things that enable me to share time with my loved ones and close friends: Traveling with my young son, and spending time with good friends. I enjoy nature, visiting ethnic markets, diverse musical genera, good food, and the arts.

When I was a graduate student (many moons ago!) I saw a writing on a wall at the University of Wisconsin-Madison that made a lasting impression, and that I have applied in my daily life:

  • We arrive alone,
  • We depart alone,
  • This time called - LIFE -
  • Was meant to be Shared !

Panel discussion on the immortal life of Henrietta Lacks : The HELA cell line, as part of the activities for Black History Month at MDC-North


  Online Dictionaries:

  Search Engines:

  • Topics in Biology-Power Point Lectures
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  • These materials are to be used by students to enhance their learning experience in the classroom.




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My alumni at NOVA Pharmacy Program induction ceremonies, 2011

    BSC-2010:  Principles of Biology-I and BSC-2011: Principles of Biology II




With my alumni, Ms. Aixa Guadarrama and Ms.Patricia Gonzalez-Abreu during their induction ceremonies for the BS Program in Biology, School of Sciences, 2012.  Best of luck with your Pharm D. programs !




    The following Web links will provide you with access to a variety of ancillary materials that will assist and enhance your learning of biology and science in general.  These resources include, but are not limited to: computer model simulations, animations, learning objects, and interactive activities.

The resources listed below usually feature searchable databases of free resources.   The only cost for most of them-- the time and effort it takes for you to find just the right activity or combination of activities to enhance the understanding of your lesson material.

    Merlot - A free and open resource designed primarily for faculty and students of higher education.  Links to online learning materials along with annotations such as peer reviews.    Ex. Social Science/Psychology/Internet Psyche Lab
    Annenberg Media - Video on Demand Online via Video on Demand - Great selection. You can view Annenberg Media programs of your choice online with a broadband connection whenever you see free Video On Deman iocon . There is no charge for this service. Free sign up is required for first-time users.

With alumni at the 2012 MANNRS Conference, Atlanta, GA: Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences

  Wisc-Online - The Wisconsin Online Resource Center project is a Web-based teaching, learning, and assessment resource center for instructors to use  Faculty from throughout the WTC System create “learning objects” (activities, text, animation, graphics…) for each competency within the General Education courses of Communication Skills, Social Studies, Math, Science, and Adult Basic Education.  Individual instructors then have the option to pick and choose from a menu of the learning objects to customize their online courses and their on-campus courses for their students and their personal style.   M-DCC has access to all these resources.  (letter from Kathie Sigler May 23, 2002)  Ex. Search Computer Basics/DataFlow on the Internet)
    Apple Learning Site --  Searchable database of  thousands of Internet resources that can be valuable for teaching and learning. You can search by any combination of the attributes including subject,  keyword, content type.
    Careo - Campus Alberta Repository of Educational Objects. 3449 items are located in the searchable database.   Many of these are interactive multimedia objects.    Requires a login -- but it is free.
    Educational Object Economy  - Free- searchable with over 2,000 java applets.  Many deadlines  -- Ex.  540 Chemistry/Chemistry Ed Resource/The Iridium page/Virtual Lab.
    Health Education Assets Library - The Health Education Assets Library (HEAL) is a digital library of freely accessible, web-based multimedia teaching materials that meet the needs of today's health sciences educators and learners.
    MIT OpenCourseWare  - Is a free and open educational resource for faculty, students, and self-learners around the world. OCW supports MIT's mission to advance knowledge and education, and serve the world in the 21st century. It is true to MIT's values of excellence, innovation, and leadership.



The following MDC programs funded by the National Science Foundation are to award scholarships to students majoring in Science (all the biological and physical sciences, except medical and clinical fields), Technology, Engineering or Mathematics.

Please read below for more information:



Miami Dade College’s Advancing Careers of Excellence (ACE) project is funded by the National Science Foundation (award number: DUE 0807407) to assist low-income, minority and female students as they pursue associate degrees in the biological sciences (except medical and clinical fields), physical sciences, mathematical sciences, computer and informational sciences, geosciences and engineering. Successful students will then be eligible for transfer to upper-division schools and/ or enter the workforce directly in their chosen professions


Applicants to the ACE project must:

  • Be citizens of the United States; permanent residents; U.S. nationals as defined by Section 101 of the Immigration and Nationality Act; or aliens admitted as refugees under Section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act.

  • Be science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) majors, but not medical and clinical science majors.

  • Have at least a 3.0 grade point average and be enrolled full time (at least 12 credits per major term) at Miami Dade College.

  •  Be eligible to receive federal financial aid.

  •  Be exempt from or have completed all college preparatory courses.

For more information visit

 For an application, please contact: 

 Dr. Jorge L. Obeso: 305-237-8088, 

 Dr. Franklyn Tan Te:  305-237-7582,

 Prof. Jorge Salinas:  305-237-7387,



Miami Dade College and the National Science Foundation are offering scholarships with a maximum amount of $4,600 per academic year to students with unmet financial need (as established by federal guidelines) pursuing degrees in the biological sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, computer and information sciences, the geosciences, and engineering. 


With alumni, Javier and Patria at Georgia Institute of Technology, Summer of 2012.


 Applicants must:  

  • Be citizens of the United States; permanent residents; U.S. nationals as defined by Section 101 of the Immigration and Nationality Act; or aliens admitted as refugees under Section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act.

  •  Be science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) majors, but not medical and clinical science majors.

  •  Have at least a 3.0 grade point average and be enrolled full time (at least 12 credits per major term) at Miami Dade College.

  •  Be eligible to receive federal financial aid.

For more information, visit, or contact the following faculty members:

Dr. Jorge L. Obeso;; 305-237-8088

Prof. Miguel A. Montanez;; 305-237-7995, or

Prof. Juan Morata;; 305-237-7963.


     Other Scholarship Programs:
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