Lucas Cantin
Chemistry Instructor
603 - Behind 601 in the 600 building.

I look forward to guide you as your lecture and laboratory instructor.

I am currently designing and teaching biotechnology courses at Cabrillo College as part of their transfer, internship and certificate program. Lucas has taught microbiology, chemistry and biological chemistry courses both face to face and online since 2008. I hold a Masters of Science in Chemistry and Biochemistry from the University of California, Santa Cruz and completed my undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the UCSC as well. Prior to teaching at Cabrillo College, I gained experience in biotechnology working at Applied Biosystems, doing research and development on their Microarray platform for mRNA expression analysis. That work involved cell culture, transformation, RNA expression to make cDNA, testing the cDNA against known and experimental microarray platforms, as well as testing and developing novel microarray software and data systems.

My 'leisure' activities include bicycling, running, surfing, skiing, scuba diving, ballroom dancing, yoga, violin, hiking and camping. Much of my free time currently is involved with my daughter right now, however. I hope she can join me in some my leisure and professional pursuits in the future.

Please feel free to contact me. My 'virtual' door is open anytime.


Professor Cantin




MS, Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, Santa Cruz 2008

BS, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz 2000




* “An Experimental Primer on High-Performance Liquid Chromatography” by Lucas Cantin,© Copyright 2010. Written for college students under a Title V grant at Hartnell College.

* Williams, T. M.; Zavanelli, M.; Miller, M. A.; Goldbeck, R. A.; Cantin, L. P.; Kliger D. S. “Running, swimming and diving modifies neuroprotecting globins in the mammalian brain (Links to an external site.) .” Proc. Royal Soc. Biol. Sci. 2008, 275, 1636, 751-758.




Over 10 years of teaching at Cabrillo College, San Jose City College, and Cañada College among other community colleges in the bay area.


Other Work Experience


* Applied Biosystems - Developed a gene chip micro-array platform

* Romic Environmental - Worked as a Field Chemist segregating chemical waste for treatment from high tech

* Dexter Aerospace - Developed plastics for aerospace applications

* Cytoculture - Performed bio-remediation assays to determine activity of hydrocarbon degrader microbes and dissolved oxygen at active sites

Office Hours

Fall 2023 Office Hours:

Wednesday 5:00 - 6:00 p.m., Thursday 1:45 - 2:45 p.m. in 601 (behind 603) in the 600 building.