John Abdirkin, MD
Professor of Biology
Faculty member since 1996
Carnival Building, Room 123
Dr. John Abdirkin earned his Medical Degree at the University of Bologna, School of Medicine and Surgery in Bologna, Italy. He joined the faculty of St. Thomas University in 1996 and in 2005 advanced to the rank of Full Professor in Biology. Dr. Abdirkin teaches Anatomy, Physiology, Biology, and Medical Terminology to Pre-Med and Nursing students as well as courses in Bioregions and General Biology for non-science majors.
Dr. Abdirkin coordinates the “2 +2” Joint Nursing Program with the University of Miami which has doubled in size since its inception under his leadership. Additionally, he played a key role in acquiring a $1.5 million endowment which provides enough scholarships annually to allow 15 to 20 qualified nursing students the opportunity to attend STU free of charge.
Dr. Abdirkin published two instructional manuals both currently in their 4th editions, entitled: Almost Painless Biology and Chemistry with Ease. These manuals are designed as “user-friendly” tools to assist students in the learning process.
Dr. Abdirkin is particularly interested in on-line instruction, interactive education and state of the art information on technology standards and materials to enhance educational programs. He is integrating video recorded modules of his own lectures and interesting media into the curriculum of General Biology as a tool to communicate, reinforce and expand the course content for his students.
Research and Scholarly Interests
During his tenure at STU, Dr. Abdirkin has been involvedin a myriad of projects. He conducted sponsored research for the Miami-Dade County Mayor’s Initiative on Aging which is an exploratory, community-based study to determine the effect of a multifaceted health promotion program on older individuals. Dr. Abdirkin was an investigator for the NIH-funded Granny Grant which assessed the mental health status of minority grandparents. Dr. Abdirkin was selected to participate in the Title V Transformational Leadership Grant in which he explored student retention and achievement. He was also a participant in the College Cost Reduction and Access for Hispanic Serving Institutions (CCRA) Grant. Since Dr. Abdirkin is experienced in curriculum development he became involved with Project Success, to improve the conditions of learning and instruction of limited English proficient (LEP) students in Miami-Dade Public Schools. He also co-authored the FIPSE and NASA Grants which provided computerized assemblages and data acquisition systems allowing students to conduct medical school-level lab exercises.
Dr. Abdirkin is a member of the Rank, Compensation and Welfare Committee, the Nursing Scholarship Disbursement Committee, the St. Thomas University Scholarship Committee, and the Financial Aid Appeals Committee.