Meet our Faculty – STEM

Paul Arbetan, Tsaile Science Faculty


Dr. Mark Bauer, Shiprock Science Faculty
Ph.D., Northwestern University
(505) 368-3589


Michael P. Begaye, Shiprock Science Faculty
Ph.D., New Mexico Tech
(505) 368-3581


Dr. Frederick Boyd, Tsaile Science Faculty
Ph.D., Physiology, University of Florida Ph.D.
B.S., Zoology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
(928) 724-6937

Who Am I?

I was born in Ft Lauderdale, Florida on the edge of the Everglades a long time ago.  Santa used to come to our house on an airboat!  My mother was born in southern Wisconsin (Clinton), her mother was born in Denmark and emigrated to the United States.  Her father’s family came to the New World in the 1630s.  My father was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, his mother was born in Berne, Switzerland and moved to the United States in the 1890s.  His father’s family came to the New World in the 1740s after the Scots were defeated at the Battle of Colloden and their uncle beheaded in the Tower of London.

Both my mother and father were raised on farms, my dad went to college on a sheep judging scholarship and slept in the sheep barns throughout his undergraduate career at the University of Wisconsin in the 1930s!  He continued with his studies and received his Ph.D. in Agronomy and Soils in 1937.  He and my mother moved to the Everglades in 1938.

I received my Ph.D. in Physiology from the University of Florida, having studied and published numerous papers on the effect of insulin in cultured neuronal and glial cells.  After graduate school I did postdoctoral training at Yale, University of Massachusetts and Sloan Kettering Institute in NYC under Joan Massague’ studying Transforming Growth Factor- Beta and growth inhibition.  Subsequently, I established a lab at the University of Minnesota, where I continued my research and developed a method to identify growth inhibited cells and genes that act as dominant suppressors of cell cycle.

Since 2017 I have taught at Dine College in beautiful Tsaile, Arizona in the Four Corners region.  I teach Anatomy and Physiology for majors and non-majors and upper division courses in Cell and Molecular Biology.  I am the advisor of the pre-professional club and am involved in collaborative research and training projects with the University of Arizona, Northern Arizona University and the University of Alaska-Fairbanks.


Dr. Boyd’s Resume

Research Interests

Dr. Boyd’s Interest

Course Responsibilities

Anatomy and Physiology (Bio 160, Bio 201, Bio 202); Cell and Molecular Biology (Bio 344)

Dr. Boyd’s Publications

Additional info?

When I’m not in Tsaile, I’m in Phoenix with my wife (weekends) or on SV Joy, my 36′ Pearson 365 ketch sailboat in Florida (long vacations)

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Dr. Scott Bender, DVM, FADD
Professor / Veterinarian, Tsaile campus


Dr. Joseph Angel de Soto – Shiprock Science Faculty
Professor STEM & Biomedical Science
MD – Medicine, Howard University College of Medicine
PhD – Pharmacology/Pharmacogenomics. Howard University
DSS – National Security & Intelligence, National American University
BS – Biophysical Chemistry, La Sierra University
Phone: (505) 368-3583

Dr. Angel de Soto holds a B.S. in Biophysical chemistry from La Sierra University, an M.D. in Medicine and a Ph.D. in Pharmacology from Howard University. His dissertation under Dr. Donnell Bowen was titled, “The Treatment of Breast Cancer with Chemo-hormonal Therapy”. His clinical medical training was at Howard University Hospital and Washington Hospital Center. He then completed his Fellowship at the National Institutes of Health in Pharmacogenomics and Translational Oncology where he was the fellow of the Year under the eminent Geneticist Dr. Chuxia Deng whose work contributed to the 2007 Nobel Prize in Genetics. Angel is currently working on his third doctorate (DSS) in Strategic Studies in National Security and Intelligence at National American University. Angel is a veteran of the U.S. Army and other military and intelligence agencies. Prior to his appointment at Dine College he has had extensive academic /research experience reaching the rank of Professor and being faculty of the year 7 times. Angel also received the ASCO young cancer researcher of the Year award. He has assisted in the development of four cancer drugs and fifth drug for schizoaffective disorder, publishing over 150 articles and papers and historically obtaining 6 million dollars in research grants. His current research is in Translational Oncology and Healthcare Disparities. His hobbies include weight- lifting, tennis, off roading, reading, and rescuing dogs.


Dr. Shazia Tabassum Hakim, Tuba City Professor (Microbiology/Biology/Anatomy & Physiology)
Ph.D.(Microbiology),SCCM(MLS), RM(CCM),
Diné College, Tuba City, AZ, 86045
928-283-5113 Ext:7520
“We Rise By Lifting Others”

Dr. Shazia Tabassum Hakim is a Microbiologist/ Biologist with expertise in Public health services, Research, Academics, Diagnostics, Molecular biology & Cell culture techniques. She has more than 19 years of bench experience at numerous Clinical/ Diagnostic & Research laboratories of Pakistan & US (particularly as Microbiologist & Serologist). She also served as Professor, Chairperson, and Dean Faculty of Science & Research at Jinnah University for Women, Karachi, Pakistan, Director Allied Health Science at Canadian Academy of Health Professionals, Toronto, Canada, and Lead Instructor, Med. Laboratory Science Program, Oxford College of Arts, Business and Technology, Scarborough, Canada.

She has Educational qualifications and certifications in Medical Laboratory Technology, Microbiology, Biosafety, Clinical Research and Scholarship of teaching and learning (SOTL) in Microbiology from American Society for Microbiology, Canadian College of Microbiologists, Claflin University, USA, University of Minnesota Duluth and University of Karachi, Pakistan.

With a proven commitment to high academic and organizational standards/ exemplary program quality/ implementing appropriate information; she is continuously involved in coordinating and reviewing technical/ research projects; job task planning, communication & train fellow colleagues, junior staff and youth to enhance the overall applied learning experience.

Dr. Hakim’s research interests includes environmental health (water contamination), Search for new antibiotics (soil bacteria), drug design and discovery for the treatment of infections caused by MDROs (multi drug resistant organisms) using latest available models including microRNAs replacement technology, and application of quantitative analytic methods towards innovative approaches for the improvement of human health.


Dr. Carmella Kahn, Shiprock Public Health Instructor
DrP.H., M.P.H.
Shiprock North Campus Room 102
Phone: (505) 368-3583


Barbara A. Klein, Tsaile Science Faculty
M.S., Iowa State University, Microbiology
(928) 724-6939


Oleksandr Makeyev, Tsaile Science Faculty
PH.D., Clarkson University
(928) 724-6960

Course Responsibilities

Botany, Geology, Climate Change, Sampling and Monitoring, Plants and Climate, Revolutionary Thought, Biology.

Who am I

I’m a naturalist with a broad background in diverse natural sciences with prime interest in field work and conservation. I grew up in Pennsylvania Dutch country where I spent all my time outside learning about flowers and wildlife, and also seeing the impact of farming on wild beauty. At 8 years old I said I would show people the beauty of nature and not to kill or destroy it, and basically that’s what I do: to help others see the fragility, complexity,and beauty and help to preserve it.


I have taught in many different colleges, universities, and field schools, including a Field Program in New Zealand, alpine vegetation in the Alps, landscape ecology in the San Juans, CO, as well as working summers as naturalist for NPS, Audubon Society, fire-lookout, and guide including to ANWR , Alaska

Research Interests

Conservation of flora, endangered species, biodiversity, especially tundra plants, landscape ecology conservation.


Various botanical inventories and reports of endangered flora in Maine, reports resulting from grants at DC relating to air quality, climate change.

Additional Info

Passionate rescuer of stray dogs and cats, mentor for Animal Care Club; developed Animal Plan for college, work with various rescue groups to get strays to good homes. Mentor for Green Club; this year proposed a plan to the board for recycling to be brought to DC, involve my students in field trips, such as geology classes yearly to the Grand Canyon.

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Dr. John Murray, Tsaile Science Faculty
PhD, Clemson University, Engineering
(928) 724-6707


Dr. Babatunde Ojo, Tuba City Professor Chemistry and Biology
928-283-5113 Ext. 7525


Dennis Price, Shiprock Science Faculty
B.S., University of Arizona
(505) 368-3535


Donald Robinson, Tsaile Science Associate Professor
Ph.D, Maharishi University of Management


Demetra Skaltsas, Tsaile Science Faculty


Willis Tsosie, Tsaile Science Faculty
M.S. Montana State University
(928) 724-6965


Dr. Cheng Wang, Tsaile Science Faculty
Ph.D., Arizona State University
(928) 724-6724