McMaster University


McMaster University


Faculty Member of the Month



Felicia Vulcu

I am an Assistant Professor (teaching track) in the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences (BBS) at McMaster University, and the undergraduate program advisor. My primary teaching focus is on laboratory-based courses and curriculum design. My teaching practices focus on three central tenets: safety, respect and positivity. I constantly strives to create safe, nurturing environments conducive to life-long learning. Highlights from my current teaching portfolio include the creation of a yearlong undergraduate laboratory course (2nd year) aimed at introducing students to a directed research project. I use a number of teaching practices such as team think tanks, flipped-classroom case studies, and Labster virtual labs.

In the last three years, I was fortunate enough to be part of the design and implementation of a brand new program launched by the BBS department: Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization ( ).

I have also created a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) called DNA Decoded. The course was created in collaboration with Dr. Caitlin Mullarkey, MacPherson Institute and Labster virtual labs. It is currently featured on the Coursera platform:

Check out the DNA Decoded course:

Check out the DNA Decoded course trailer:

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