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Kevin Ahern

Professor

ALS 2145
737-2305 / 541-737-8906

Education

B.S. Zoology, 1976 - Oklahoma State University; M.S. Biochemistry, 1981 - Oklahoma State University; Ph.D. Biochemistry and Biophysics, 1986 - Oregon State University

Research

At Oregon State University I am a Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics where I teach courses largely taken by students pursuing careers in the health sciences.  These are survey classes required by many majors in the life sciences (biology, microbiology, botany/plant pathology, bioengineering) and include BB450/550 and BB 451/551 (General Biochemistry) and BB 350 (Elementary Biochemistry). Other courses I teach include a Synthesis course, BB 332 (Molecular Medicine), an Honors College course, BB 405H (Scientists in the Public Eye), and BB 111 (Introduction to Biochemistry/Biophysics Research). Each of the survey courses is available four times per year on OSU's Ecampus.  I am an ardent advocate of the use of technology in the classroom and towards this end I videotape all of my survey course lectures and provide streaming and iPod content of each to students on the Internet.  My youTube channel can be seen at the following URL - http://www.youtube.com/user/oharow?feature=mhee.

I am also the Director for Undergraduate Research at OSU where I organize and oversee programs to expand research opportunities for undergraduate students.  I am the Head Advisor of BB students, the pre-med advisor for all BB students, and a pre-med advisor for selected students in other majors. I direct OSU's Summer Undergraduate Research Program, funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and serve on curriculum committees for BB and the College of Science. I am also OSU's campus representative for the Goldwater Scholarship.  

Besides my efforts at OSU, I had a separate career for over 25 years as a science writer/editor.  This included stints as a contributing editor to BioTechniques from 2004 to 2011 (wrote the monthly WebWatch column), Genetic Engineering News from 1997 to 2009 (wrote the "on the Web" column), and Science magazine from 1998 to 2003 (software reviews in the Compass section). I served for 12 years as editor of BIOTECHNOLOGY SOFTWARE & INTERNET JOURNAL. I was an author on the Biochemistry textbook (Mathews, Van Holde, and Ahern), published by Addison-Wesley Longman in 2000 and provided the material for the General Resources pages of Science Magazine's Online Functional Genomics Web Page. I am the creator of the Metabolic Melodies, a series of biochemistry-related lyrics I wrote to popular melodies.  I am also a co-author on a new electronic textbook called "Biochemistry Free and Easy" and another book called "Kevin and Indira's Guide to Getting Into Medical School."  Both of these books can be downloaded for free at http://biochem.science.oregonstate.edu/biochemistry-free-and-easy

Recent Publications

Ahern, K and Rajagopal, I "Biochemistry Free For All," in preparation.

Ahern, Kevin “In My Liver” Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2014), submitted.

Ahern, Kevin “The Citric Acid Cycle Song” Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2014), submitted.

Ahern, Kevin and Rajagopal, Indira.  Kevin and Indira's Guide to Getting Into Medical School DaVinci Press (2013) ISBN: 978-1-300-64751-5

Ahern, Kevin. “Merry Metabolic and Miscellanic Melodies” DaVinci Press (2014) - http://www.lulu.com/shop/kevin-ahern/merry-metabolic-and-miscellanic-melodies/paperback/product-21683798.html

Ahern, Kevin. “A Limerick a Day For Another Year,” DaVinci Press (2014), ISBN - 978-1-304-72846-3

Ahern, Kevin.  The Splendidest Ever Metabolic Melodies Songbook, DaVinci Press (2012), ISBN 978-1-105-72994-2

Ahern, K. and Rajagopal, I.  Biochemistry Free and Easy, DaVinci Press (2012) - http://biochem.science.oregonstate.edu/biochemistry-free-and-easy.

Ahern, Kevin. “Fatty Acid Metabolism” Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2013), 41, 362.

Ahern, Kevin. “New Serine Protease Song” Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2013), 41, 209.

Ahern, Kevin. “Henderson Hasselbalch” Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2012), 40, 405.

Ahern, Kevin. “Pentose Phosphate Pathway” Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2012), 40, p. 288.

Ahern, Kevin . “Around the Nucleus” Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2012), 40, 216.

Ahern, Kevin . “Chromatin” Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2012), 40, 156.

Ahern, Kevin. "Good Protein Synthesis" Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2011), 39, 468.

Ahern, Kevin. "The Three R's of DNA," Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2011), 39, 401.

Ahern, Kevin. "The Way They Work," Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2011), 39, 331.

Ahern, Kevin. "They Call the Stuff Urea," Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2011), 39, p.247.

Ahern, Kevin. "To Make a Cholesterol," Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2011), 39, p.80.

Ahern, Kevin. "Catalyze" Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Edcation (2010), 38, 355.

Ahern, Kevin and Rajagopal, Indira.  "Photosynthesis is Divine" Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, in press.

Ahern, Kevin.  "Enzymes" Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2009), 37, 260.
Rajagopal, Indira and Ahern, Kevin.  "Central Dogma Zen" Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2009) 37, p. 68.

Ahern, Kevin.  "Gluconeogenesis" Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2008), 36, 443. 

Ahern, Kevin. "Biochemistry Pie," Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2008), in press.

Ahern, Kevin.  "When Acids Are Synthesized," Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2008), in press

Ahern, Kevin. "Translation," Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2008), in press

Ahern, Kevin. "Hemoglobin's Moving Around," Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2007) 35, p. 478

Ahern, Kevin. "The Tao of Hormones," Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2007) 35, p. 226

Ahern, Kevin. "When Acids Get Oxidized," Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2007) 35, p. 78

Ahern, Kevin. "Biochemistry, Biochemistry," Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2006) 34, p. 427

Ahern, Kevin. "The E. coli Song," Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2006) 34, p. 426

Ahern, Kevin "God Rest Ye Merry Lipoproteins," Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2006) 34, p. 425
Ahern, Kevin. "O Little Protein Molecule," Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2006) 34, p. 424

Ahern, Kevin. "Hark the Sucrose," Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2006) 34, p. 423

Ahern, Kevin. "The Vegetarian's Song," Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2006) 34, p. 354.

Ahern, Kevin. "This Biochemistry," Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2006) 34, p. 353.

Ahern, Kevin. "Fatty Acids in Our Cells," Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2006) 34, p. 352.

Ahern, Kevin. "The Cell's Lament," Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2006) 34, p. 351

Ahern, Kevin. "I'm a Little Mitochondrion," Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2006) 34, p. 350

Ahern, Kevin. "The Ribosome," Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2006) 34, p. 288.

Ahern, Kevin. "The Codon Song," Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2006) 34, p. 288.

Ahern, Kevin. "N-A-D," Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2006) 34, p. 208.

Ahern, Kevin. "We All Need Just a Little ATP," Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2006) 34, p. 207.

Ahern, Kevin. "Battle Hymn of Biochemistry," Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2006) 34, p. 206.

Ahern, Kevin. "B-DNA," Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2006) 34, p. 115.

Ahern, Kevin. "The Sound of Glucose," Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2006) 34, p. 114.

Ahern, Kevin. "If You're Molecular and Know It, Clap Your Hands," Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2006) 34, p. 113. 

Ahern, Kevin. "Glucagon is Coming Around," Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2006) 34, p. 36.

Ahern, Kevin. "En-er-gy," Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2006) 34, p. 35.