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Kevin Ahern's Professional Page

At Oregon State University I am a Professor in the Department of Biochemistry/Biophysics and the Director for Undergraduate Research for the campus. Indira Rajagopal and I co-authored two popular books. The first is a biochemistry book titled "Biochemistry Free and Easy," that can be downloaded for free HERE and the second is entitled "Kevin and Indira's Guide to Getting Into Medical School." It can be downloaded for free HERE or a printed version can be purchased HERE. I also create the Metabolic Melodies, the Metabolic Verses, and the Mildly Popular Limericks. The "Merry Metabolic and Miscellanic Melodies" book can be purchased HERE and a calendar of them for 2014 has been published HERE. The "Limerick a Day for a Year" book can be purchased HERE, HERE, or HERE. The "Limerick a Day for Another Year" book can be purchased HERE. I also have several popular workshop videos on related topics and you can watch them HERE.

As a Professor at OSU, I teach four ecampus classes every term (BB 100, BB 350, BB 450/550, and BB 451/551) in addition to my regular classroom teaching. My classroom teaching each year includes the largest 400 level class on the OSU campus (BB 450/550), the second largest 400 level class on the OSU campus (BB 451/551), as well as BB 350, BB 111, and three Honors College classes (BB 407H, HC 407, and HC 408). I am an advocate of electronic delivery of instruction in biochemistry and have over 440 videos on YouTube that have been watched over 2.2 million times. You can see my YouTube channel HERE. You can take my iTunes U classes for free HERE and HERE and HERE. You can enroll in my ecampus courses as follows: BB 100 / BB 350 / BB 450/550 / BB 451/551.

From 2004 to 2011, I was a Contribufting Editor for BioTechniques and wrote the monthly WebWatch colummn. From 1997 to 2009, I wrote a twice monthly column in Genetic Engineering News entitled Best of the Web. From 1998 to 2003 I was a contributing editor to Science Magazine and from 1987 to 1998, I served as editor of BIOTECHNOLOGY SOFTWARE & INTERNET JOURNAL. I was a co-author of the popular "Biochemistry" textbook (Mathews, van Holde, and Ahern - HERE), published by Addison-Wesley Longman in 2000. My contribution was the online and CD-ROM content, shown HERE. I also provided the material for the General Resources pages of Science Magazine's Online Functional Genomics Web Page. I have over 700 publications and you can see the list HERE.

Back in the 1990s, I invented a novel way of amplifying DNA using only a single primer. It is known as Boomerang DNA amplification and the patent info for it is HERE. In 1997, I started DaVinci Press Ink, the digital publishing company that runs this site. In 2010, I started performing weddings (and writing wedding music)

I grew up in Fowler, IL, wrote a book about it (HERE), attended Unity High School in Mendon, IL and graduated from C.E. Donart High School (now called Stillwater High School) in Stillwater, OK. I received my B.S. and M.S. from Oklahoma State University, and my Ph.D. from Oregon State University.

Online, you can contact me by Email (HERE), friend me on Facebook (HERE), watch me on YouTube (HERE) and/or follow me on Twitter (@ahernk1). You can download my CV HERE and download/buy all of my books at the links below


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