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Kevin Ahern's Professional Page

At Oregon State University I am a Professor in the Department of Biochemistry/Biophysics and Director of the OSU STEM Leaders Program. Download my CV HERE. Indira Rajagopal and I co-authored three popular books. The first a biochemistry book for students at all levels called "Biochemistry Free For All". It can be downloaded in a PDF format HERE and in an iBooks format (for iPads and Macs) HERE. The second is a basic biochemistry book titled "Biochemistry Free and Easy," that can be downloaded for free HERE and the third is a book for pre-medical students 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 and Mildly Popular Limericks. The "My Many Merry Melodies" book can be purchased HERE or downloaded for free HERE. "Kevin Ahern's 1001 Punniest Limericks" book can be purchased HERE or HERE. I was very honored to be recognized twice as a semi-finalist for the 2016 and the 2018 Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching by Baylor University. Read more about it HERE and HERE. I have also made a set of lecture videos for Lecturio aimed at medical students. You can see 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 700 videos on YouTube that have been watched over 4 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 and 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. 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 2011, I started performing weddings (and writing wedding music and wedding toasts)

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

All contents of all pages on this site Copyright © 2018 Kevin Ahern

Web Page of the Metabolic Melodies HERE


Links to All of My Books & Calendars

"Biochemistry Free For All" textbook download (free) - PDF & iBooks
"Biochemistry Free and Easy" textbook download (free)
- PDF & iBooks / Kindle
"Kevin and Indira's Guide to Getting Into Medical School" (Free Versions ) - PDF/ iBooks / Paid versions ($$) Lulu / Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Kindle

"My Many Merry Melodies" (Free PDF Version ) - HERE / Print version ($$) Lulu / Amazon / Barnes & Noble
"A Limerick a Day For a Year" - Lulu / Amazon / Kindle / Nook
"A Limerick a Day For Another Year" - Lulu / Amazon / Barnes & Noble
"A Limerick a Day For a Third Year" - Lulu / Amazon / Barnes & Noble
"A Limerick a Day for a Fourth Year" - Lulu / Amazon / Barnes & Noble
"A Limerick a Day for a Fifth Year" - Lulu / Amazon / Barnes & Noble
"A Limerick a Day for a Sixth Year" - Lulu / Amazon / Barnes & Noble
"Kevin Ahern's 1001 Punniest Limericks" - Lulu / Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Kindle / iBooks
Metabolic Melodies Calendars - HERE

Access all of my free materials, YouTube videos, channels, and workshops HERE / Access my new Lecturio videos HERE

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