Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics

Jordan Moberg Parker, Ph.D.

Academic Lecturer

609 Charles E Young Dr, East

1602 Molecular Science Building

Los Angeles, CA  90095-1489

310/ 825–6720


2839 Slichter Hall



Ph.D. in Molecular Biology; University of California, Los Angeles (2012)

B.S. in Microbiology, Minor in Biotechnology; California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (2003)

UCLA Courses Taught

Research Immersion Laboratory in Microbiology  (MIMG 109AL - Winter '13)

Advanced Research Analysis in Microbiology  (MIMG 109 BL - Spring '13)

Preparation for Teaching Microbiology in Higher Education  (MIMG 495 - Fall '11, Fall '12)

Research Immersion Laboratory in Virology (MIMG 103AL - Spring '13)


Experience in Higher Education

Expert Content Evaluator (2012)

Office of Instructional Development, UCLA

Evaluated student assignments using detailed rubrics as part of an NSF/HHMI outcomes-based assessment to determine whether students involved in a Competency-based Research Laboratory Curriculum were meeting curriculum expectations.

Teaching Assistant Consultant (Fall 2011, Fall 2012)

Office of Instructional Development, UCLA

Designed syllabi for and implemented the Teaching Assistant Preparation course to prepare second year Ph.D. students to be teaching assistants in the Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics Department.  The course was designed to model the practice of scientific teaching through active learning and ongoing assessment.

National Science Foundation GK-12 Graduate Teaching Fellow (2010-2011)

Science and Engineering of the Environment of Los Angeles (SEE-LA), UCLA

Acted as a Scientist in Residence for two days a week in a high school biology classroom (University High School, Los Angeles, CA).  Designed and implemented hands-on activities and labs, and conducted weekly discussions on science topics in the news.


Research Experience

Graduate Student Researcher (2005 - 2012)

Molecular Biology Interdepartmental Ph.D. Program (MBIDP), UCLA

Investigated the role of the interactions between the adenovirus small e1a protein and cellular host proteins involved in transcriptional control.  Used chromatin immunoprecipitation followed by next-generation sequencing and whole transcriptome sequencing to analyze the effects of small e1a-host protein interactions on histone H3K18 acetylation and subsequent changes in expression.

Advisor: Dr. Arnold J. Berk


Conference Attendence and Presentations

19th Annual American Society for Microbiology Conference for Undergraduate Educators

June 14-17, 2012 in San Mateo, California

12th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Gene Therapy

May 27-30, 2009 in San Diego, California

Tokyo Institute of Technology Global Centers of Excellence (GCOE) Summer School, Invited Speaker.

July 16-17, 2009 in Hayama, Kanagawa, Japan



  • Shapiro, C., Ayon, C., Moberg-Parker, J., Levis-Fitzgerald, M., and Sanders, E.R. (2012).  Strategies for Using Peer-Assisted Learning Effectively in an Undergraduate Bioinformatics Course.  Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education.  In Press.
  • Brodie, E.L., DeSantis, T.Z., Parker, J.P.M., Zubietta, I.X., Piceno, Y.M., and Andersen, G.L. (2007).  Urban aerosols harbor diverse and dynamic bacterial populations.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 104, 299–304.
  • DeSantis, T.Z., Brodie, E.L., Moberg, J.P., Zubieta, I.X., Piceno, Y.M., and Andersen, G.L. (2007).  High-density universal 16S rRNA microarray analysis reveals broader diversity than typical clone library when sampling the environment.  Microbial Ecology 53, 371–383.
  • DeSantis, T.Z., Stone, C.E., Murray, S.R., Moberg, J.P., and Andersen, G.L. (2006).  Rapid quantification and taxonomic classification of environmental DNA from both prokaryotic and eukaryotic origins using a microarray.  FEMS Microbiology Letters 245, 271–278.