John studied applied mathematics, specifically control theory, as it pertains to biology. His graduate work focused on modeling the interactions of embryonic stem cells, the growth factors/inhibitors that they produce that diffuse throughout the cells, and structures called fractones that theoretically determine what the cells do. After creating the model of how we think the system works, we "control" whether or not a fractone is active near a group of cells, which will determine whether or not the associated cells to the fractone replicate, and upon replication, chose a specific location to migrate. We do this to better understand how cellular systems can do a array of things, from creating form in early stage development, building various organs in a wide variety of shapes, even to understanding why/how tumors can form.

For the 2010-2011 school year, John was partnered with Tina Damasco at University Lab School located here on Oʻahu. John worked with Juniors (11th grade) and Seniors (12th grade) and helped them understand how to approach and solve math problems in alignment with the school's unique approach to teaching and curriculum. He also was the coach of the TrigStar competition in which one of my students took top honors in the entire state.

For the 2011-2012 school year, John partnered with Toni Kaui at Kamehameha Schools located in downtown Honolulu. Toni is an Education Officer that does, among other things, culturally-based curriculum development. John's responsibilities were providing mathematical expertise in finding mathematics in the Hawaiian culture and then developing problems that are culturally significant and mathematically rich. The primary focus was on developing upper division problems for high school classes, but they can be brought to lower division classrooms as well.

In 2011, John would finish the Masters program and earn his degree in Mathematics.

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