I have been an Instructor at Cabrillo College since 2004. My teaching assignments are in Molecular and Cellular Biology, Human Biology, and Microbiology. I am the faculty advisor for two clubs: the AGS Honor Society and the Premedical Association. Previously, I taught biology courses in the Los Angeles area at El Camino College, Pasadena City College, Los Angeles Harbor College, and Loyola Marymount University. My former research areas include protein phosphatase control of glucose metabolism, apoptosis, and cell cycle progression (see papers below). Here is my LinkedIn page.

For fun I enjoy playing chess. I used to play and direct tournaments and have even advised a chess club on campus. I also play the saxophone. These are some local bands I have been playing with: Pacific Avenue, Gemini Jazz, Hoopty Funk, Pawn Shop Soul, and Terminal Degree. I have also taken a number of music classes at Cabrillo College that have greatly expanded my knowledge and skills.

I am a proud father to Stanley, an African Grey Parrot.


    2001: Ph.D. Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, University of Missouri, Columbia
    1993: B.A. Molecular Cell Biology (Emphasis: Genetics), University of California, Berkeley

    Tan YS, PA Morcos, and JF Cannon. 2003. Pho85 phosphorylates the glc7 protein phosphatase regulator glc8 in vivo. J Biol Chem. 278(1):147-153.
    Tan, YS, Nigavekar, SS and JF Cannon. 2002. Glc8 is a glucose-repressible activator of Glc7 protein phosphatase-1.  Arch Biochem Biophys. 404(1):71-79.

Favorite Fun Links:
    New York Times
    Kuumbwa Jazz Center
    London Chess Center
    Mizzou Athletics
    Cal Bears
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