Title: Professor of Biology
Company: St. Xavier University
Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Tatiana Tatum, Associate Professor of Biology at St. Xavier University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of biology education.
As a student, Dr. Tatum attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Growing up, she was fortunate to have had great influences in her father and grandfather, who pushed her to pursue her passions and aim for excellence in her career. During her higher education, she was similarly motivated by her amazing, supportive instructors. Since she was a teenager, Dr. Tatum knew she wanted to pursue a career in academia, and in 2006, she graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a PhD in molecular-cytogenetics.
In 2005, during her final year of graduate study, Dr. Tatum started working as an associate professor at St. Xavier University. She continues her work at the university to this day, serving as a professor of biology, and chair of the department of biological sciences. Recently, she became the chair of the Master’s program at St. Xavier University, and in 2019, she was recognized for her excellence as an educator with the Ron Mardigian Bio-Technology Teaching Award. She cites Roger Sauterer, associate professor of biology, as a mentor in her career.
Dr. Tatum’s field of study, molecular cytogenetics, deals with the ways in which chromosomes relate to cell behavior, and specifically explores the differences between normal cells and cancer-causing cells. She is a member of the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETC), and since her graduation from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2006, she has served as a member of the education committee for the SETC.
In addition, Dr. Tatum has worked as a consultant for Our Lady Tepeyac High School in Chicago since 2008, and from 2006 to 2008, she organized multimedia displays and program information for St. Lucas Church. She is a member of the Ecology Society of America and has contributed numerous articles to a variety of professional journals. Her experience, success, and stature as an educator and biologist solidify her status as an elite member of her field.
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