Dr. Kelly Cude is an associate professor of biology at the College of the Canyons. Originally from northern California, she holds a Ph.D. in molecular and cellular biology from the University of Washington in Seattle. While Dr. Cude’s interest in science and medicine began when she was 9 years old, it was while she was a student at Hartnell College in northern California that she decided to pursue a career as a biological scientist.
After getting an opportunity to do some guest lectures, she fell in love with teaching. She says she feels a wonderful and the natural “high” when she see’s that “light bulb” moment in a student’s eyes when she is able to help them understand things that they never knew before.
Specializing in cancer biology, Dr. Cude studies – among many others – viruses, genetics, cell biology and nutrition and how they relate to cancer in the human body. She is especially fascinated by how obscure diseases work, how many of the current treatments we have don’t work and how we can think about ways of developing new treatments.
In addition to teaching, Dr. Cude is also the faculty adviser for the COC Grad Club. Currently with about 40 members, the club is designed to help students learn what they need to do to get into graduate school, pharmacy school, veterinary medicine and medical school.