Fardad Firooznia


Main Affiliation



Marshak Science Building





Fardad Firooznia


Dr. Firooznia is interested in science pedagogy, botany, and ecophysiology.  His current research focuses on a) the effectiveness of various teaching methods that use active learning in the science classroom, b) the biochemistry of insecticide resistance in bean beetles, and c) potential uses of plant essential oils as alternatives to synthetic chemicals.


Ph.D. in Plant Physiology, Cornell University, NY , 1998
B.S. in Biology, Yale University, CT, 1991


Courses Taught

Biology 10000- Strategy of Life

Biology 10100- Biological Foundations I

Biology 31810- Ethnobotany

Biology 31106- Comparative Physiological Ecology

Biology 46600- Plant Physiology

Research Interests

Instructional design and science pedagogy
Using biochemical methods to study a) factors that affect sensitivity of bean beetles to the organophosphate insecticide malaoxon, and b) potential insecticidal activity of plant essential oils




Firooznia, F., 2015. Time to translate: deciphering the codon in the classroom. The American Biology Teacher. 77(3): 185-190.

Firooznia, F., 2009. An ode to PSII. The American Biology Teacher. 71(1): 27-30.

Firooznia, F., 2007. The story of the Calvin Cycle: bringing carbon fixation to life. The American Biology Teacher. 69(6): 364-367.

Firooznia, F., and D. Andreadis, 2006. Information literacy in introductory biology. Journal of College Science Teaching. May/June, 23-27.

Firooznia, F., 2006. Giant Ants and Walking Plants: Using science fiction to teach a writing-intensive, lab-based biology class for non-majors. Journal of College Science Teaching. March/April, 26-31.