I am a Scranton native and graduated from Temple University in 2011 with a bachelor of science degree in psychology. I worked in the clinical psychiatry field for several years and lived in Philadelphia before returning to NEPA to study science. I earned my master’s of science degree in biotechnology from Marywood University in 2020. While there, I performed genetic research on diabetes and obesity, though my research was interrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
I’ve been teaching at Marywood since 2019, where I still adjunct instruct for chemistry and microbiology. I began as an adjunct instructor for Keystone in Fall 2022 and recently joined as a full-time faculty member. I teach organic chemistry and biochemistry, including lectures and labs. I also teach some general chemistry labs as well.
In addition to teaching, I am also pursuing my Ph.D. in molecular biology and biochemistry.
Education – Degrees & Certifications
- BS in Psychology, Temple University, 2011
- MS in Biotechnology, Marywood University, 2020
I am one of the coaches for the Keystone College fencing club team alongside head coach Dr. Steve Howell. We coach the club team at Scranton Preparatory School as well. I fenced in college for Temple as an undergraduate and have been coaching ever since. I still actively compete, and I am also an avid martial artist.
“What makes Keystone special to me is that the moment I started here I could feel how welcoming and connected everything felt. It is a beautiful campus, constantly growing its academics, and it has incredible faculty and students. I am very happy to be a full-time member of the Keystone College family!”
John B. Minora
- Organic Chemistry I & II (with labs)
- Biochemistry I & II (with labs)
- General Chemistry labs
While pursuing my master’s degree at Marywood, I was a graduate research assistant and did genetic research on diabetes and obesity under Dr. Christopher Brey. We researched the klf family of genes, including promotor analysis and the role of siRNA in generational inheritance of gene mutations. Unfortunately, the Covid-19 pandemic cut our research short, and our project is still ongoing.