Michelle Dowell

School/Institution: Palmetto High School

Position Title: PLTW Biomedical Science Teacher

I graduated from UF with a degree in Microbiology and Cell Science and also a licensed practical nurse. I worked in clinical research as a certified coordinator (CCRC) for 5 years and was a site director for 4 years before going into education. My focus in clinical research was neurology and then endocrinology. I have been the biomed teacher at PHS for 5 years. My strong background in research and nursing makes a strong resource for my students.
After completing the IBTE training last summer I was able to prepare 15 students to pass the BACE on their very first try. I was "that student" during the training who asked every question so I could take as much back to help my students be successful for the BACE. All the questions helped tremendously to be a resource for my students!
I teach all 4 years of the biomed program. Since I am the only teacher I do it all! I network with our community to educate the students on all the career opportunities that involve biotechnology. I love teaching!
I love seeing kids come in as immature freshmen & watching them grow all 4 years into out of the box, problem-solving adults. I push the students out of their comfort zone so they learn their potential.

Biotility at the University of Florida is committed to providing high-quality education and training to facilitate the professional growth of each participant. Our short-courses are attended by professionals, students preparing to enter industry careers, and researchers, all of whom seek to expand and deepen their knowledge in technical and regulatory details unique to biotechnology industries and translational research.