Mark Bloom, PhD

Primary Institution:
BSCS Science Learning
Professional Development
Science Educator

Dr. Mark Bloom joined BSCS as a Science Educator in April 1999. At that time, he headed the revision team for the Teachers Resource Book associated with BSCS Biology: A Molecular Approach, eighth edition. While at BSCS, he has directed the development of eight print- and web-based curriculum modules for middle school and high school students sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Energy. Mark has developed curriculum and professional development materials in collaboration with other organizations including Oregon Public Broadcasting, WGBH out of Boston, the University of Washington, and The Nutrients for Life Foundation.

Currently, he is developing curricular materials about energy and matter for an online professional development course for high school teachers. He also is directing the development of a curriculum module for middle school students aimed at understanding food allergies.

Prior to joining BSCS, Mark spent 10 years as assistant director of the DNA Learning Center of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory on Long Island, New York. In this position, he was responsible for developing educational curricula and grant proposals, coordinating workshop programs, managing a teaching laboratory, and teaching.

Mark has a B.S. in Biology from Kent State University and a Ph.D. in Biology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is a coauthor of the Complete Idiot’s Guide to Decoding Your Genes, Alpha Books (1999), the first author of the college lab manual, Laboratory DNA Science, Benjamin/Cummings (1996), and in 1994 developed the first educational kits that provided hands-on experience with the polymerase chain reaction. His workshop programs instructed more than 3,000 high school and college faculty at 125 workshops conducted in 40 states and seven foreign countries.

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