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Luis Avila, Lecturer in Discipline-Chemistry, Columbia University
Luis Avila, PhD

Lecturer in Discipline, Chemistry
Columbia University Department of Chemistry

Hometown: Caracas, Venezuela
Undergraduate College and Major:
Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj Napoca-Romania, Chemistry
Graduate School:
Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj Napoca-Romania Master of Science Chemical-Physics
Teachers College, Columbia University, Ph.D., Chemical Education

“As a chemistry professor who teaches undergraduate students, I find that Postbac Premed students broaden the knowledge perspective in the classroom. Their experiential learning enriches their questions and provides an opportunity for me to link science and society with the topic at hand. By enrolling in the Postbac Premed Program, students seek to discover and reinvent themselves, which provides me with an opportunity to guide them through that process, while forming symbiotic relationships. Their self-direction coupled with their motivation sets the stage for the possibility to impact their perspective about science in a positive way.”

Lise Hazen, Instructor, Contemporary Biology Laboratory, Columbia University
Lise Hazen

Lecturer in Discipline, Biological Sciences
Columbia University Department of Biological Sciences

  • Instructor, Contemporary Biology Laboratory
  • Member, Columbia University Undergraduate Teaching Committee
  • Supervisor, Genetics Laboratory courses for advanced high school students

"What is most notable about the Columbia University science faculty is our high regard for students' intellectual curiosity and abilities. This regard for students was realized in 1933 when Columbia University undergraduate researchers helped Dr. Thomas Hunt Morgan earn the Nobel Prize, and it continues today. I am proud to be a member of the faculty and to participate in the development of science and in the high quality of thinking it engenders."