Dr. Janet M. Goins

Dr. Janet Goins received her B.Sc. and Ph.D. (both in Microbiology) from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  She then went on to accept an NIH Fellowship at the Nebraska Center for Virology followed by a postdoctoral position at the University of California, Irvine in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.  Her research past focused on the global impacts (climate effects and nutrient cycling) of microalgae and their viruses, the evolution and molecular biology of host cell defenses against viral infections, and informing water management strategies for harmful algal blooms.

Feeding her interest in improving students’ experiences with science and research, Dr. Goins completed an American Society for Microbiology-Burroughs Wellcome Fund Science Teaching Fellowship, while at UCI.  Later she became the Director of Educational Outreach for UCI Water PIRE (Partnerships for International Research and Education), an NSF-funded interdisciplinary and international collaboration focused on water sustainability.  Dr. Goins directed a number of educational programs that targeted high school, undergraduate, and graduate students.  During her time with UCI Water PIRE, Dr. Goins was also awarded an ASM Communications and Strategic Marketing Fellowship.  This position, at ASM’s Washington D.C. Headquarters, focused on creating programs designed to engage the public with microbiology and train microbiologist members in the ‘best practices’ of science communication to scientific and lay audiences. 

Dr. Goins has now joined the URC-Sciences as an Assistant Director, and acts as Director of the following programs: the Beckman Scholars Program, the California Alliance for Minority Participation (CAMP), CARE SEM SPUR (a summer undergraduate research opportunity), the Undergraduate Research Fellows and Scholars Programs (URFP and URSP), and the Undergraduate Science Journal (USJ).