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OCCC Faculty

Fabiola Janiak-Spens

Director of Biotechnology, Professor of Biotechnology and Chemistry
Division of Chemistry and Biological Sciences
Programs: Biotechnology,Chemistry

Courses Taught

Survey of Biotechnology
Biotechnology Laboratory I & II
Cell Culture Methods
General Chemistry I
Principles of General, Organic and  Biochemistry


Fabiola Janiak-Spens has been the director of the biotechnology program at OCCC since 2007 and teaches biotechnology and general chemistry courses.

She enjoys teaching laboratory skills and watching her student’s succeed in obtaining employment as laboratory technicians following graduation from OCCC.

Over the past five years, she has been awarded three, two-year internship partnership grants from the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST) for biotechnology internship student stipends.

Janiak-Spens also coordinates the K12 biotechnology outreach program, providing laboratory supplies and biotechnology activity support to high school science teachers in Oklahoma.

Prior to joining OCCC, she worked for 16 years as a research associate in biochemistry laboratories with mentors at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and at the University of Oklahoma in Norman.

Both her MS and PhD degrees are in biochemistry from the University of Oklahoma, Norman. Janiak-Spens also holds a Diplom-Chemikerin degree from the Technische Universität Berlin, Germany.

Fabiola Janiak-Spens was born and raised in Berlin, Germany, before coming to Oklahoma on a student exchange program.

Fabiola Janiak-Spens

Phone: (405) 682-1611 ext. 7414
Office location: Science Engineering and Math Center - Room 1D6A
Office hours:
Please contact the Chemistry and Biological Sciences division office (405-682-7508) for current office hours.

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