Meet the Faculty

Karla Smith Fuller

Karla S. Fuller

Email: Karla.Fuller@guttman.cuny.edu

Phone: 646-313-8044

Location: Guttman North

Dr. Karla Fuller received her Ph.D. in cell and molecular biology (cancer genetics) from Purdue University. After a post-doctoral appointment at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Science Park Research Center, she made a slight change in career to focus on mentoring and teaching undergraduate students at the community college level. Dr. Fuller teaches a variety of biology classes at Guttman Community College and also serves as Coordinator of the Liberal Arts and Sciences – Science Concentration. In addition to teaching, Dr. Fuller mentors student research projects ranging from antibiotic resistance to virtual reality for science education. Dr. Fuller’s research interests include best practices to increase learning and success for undergraduate science students, particularly from underserved populations. Dr. Fuller was awarded the National Association of Biology Teachers Two-Year College Teacher of the Year for 2016 and Education Update 2017 Outstanding Teacher of the Year.

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Chulsung Kim

Email: Chulsung.Kim@guttman.cuny.edu

Phone: 646-313-8093

Location: Guttman North

Ji Kim

Jihyun Kim

Email: Jihyun.Kim@guttman.cuny.edu

Phone: 646-313-8156

Location: Guttman North

Dr. Kim, an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Guttman, received her Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Dr. Kim did her postdoctoral studies in Breast Cancer at Lombardi Cancer Center, Georgetown University Medical Center, and she was a Susan Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Fellow. Prior to joining Guttman, Dr. Kim have taught all areas of Chemistry at the City University of New York, William Paterson University and Ramapo College of New Jersey. Her research focuses on developing ecofriendly chemical processes to reduce or eliminate toxic chemical wastes.

Derek Tesser

Derek Tesser

Email: Derek.Tesser@guttman.cuny.edu

Phone: 646-313-8087

Location: Guttman North

Derek Tesser, Instructor of Science, received a B.A. from Brandeis University in History and a M.S. in Biology from NYU. He has taught STEM courses at Guttman Community College since the college opened in 2012. More recently he is involved with the development of the Global Guttman program. He has led student field expeditions to the Chocó rainforest in Ecuador to study endemic species, biodiversity indicators, and deforestation related to the region’s changing ecosystem dynamics. His broader research is in the field of terrestrial ecosystem remote sensing. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Earth and Environmental Science at the CUNY Graduate Center and is conducting research at the Ecosystem Science Lab at City College. His doctoral work is focused on the integration of satellite remote sensing data products into hydrological models that inform the New York City water supply.