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Pamela Sandstrom, Ph.D.

Lecturer II
Pamela Sandstrom

Contact Information


  • University of Nevada, Reno, Ph.D., Biochemistry 2002-2007
  • University of California, Davis, Bachelor of Science in Physiology 1994-1998


My position as an undergraduate Biology instructor and academic advisor is one that fulfils my desire to educate and help others. While I enjoyed working as an ophthalmology technician after completing my degree in Physiology at the University of California, Davis, I returned to graduate school and became engaged in research on bark beetle cytochrome P450 enzymes. Since completing my Ph.D., I have taught non-majors biology, intro to cell and molecular biology, anatomy and physiology I and II, and genetics, as well as laboratories in microbiology, cell biology, and molecular biology. In the large enrollment lecture classes that I have taught at UNR, I have utilized numerous teaching strategies to engage students with different learning styles. One major success has been the implementation of Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL) for introductory biology and genetics. Not only have the students in the courses benefited from weekly discussion groups with an undergraduate leader, but having the opportunity to mentor over 100 leaders has been very rewarding.


  • P. Sandstrom, M.D. Ginzel, J. C. Bearfield, W. H. Welch, G. J. Blomquist and C. Tittiger (2008). Myrcene hydroxylases do not determine enantiomeric composition of pheromonal ipsdienol in Ips spp. J. Chem. Ecol. 34, 1584-1592.
  • P. Sandstrom (2007). Monoterpenoid Metabolism by Bark Beetle Cytochromes P450
    Dissertation. 230 pages.
  • P. Sandstrom, W. H. Welch, G. J. Blomquist and C. Tittiger (2006). Functional expression of a bark beetle cytochrome P450 that hydroxylates myrcene to ipsdienol. Insect Biochem. Molec. Biol. 36, 835-845.

Selected Professional Presentations

  • Pravosudova, E. and P. Sandstrom. "Retaining a Community of Learners with Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL) in Biology." 9th Annual Northern Nevada Assessment Conference, February 2011, Reno NV

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