Dr. Vervoort not only has earned her Doctorandus (equivalent to a Master of Science degree) in Chemistry from the University of Leiden, The Netherlands, focusing on the synthesis and photochemistry of vinyl halides, but also her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Oceanography (Marine Natural Product Chemistry), Center for Marine Biotechnology and Biomedicine, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, University of California San Diego.
As a graduate student, she conducted research in cancer and infectious disease drug discovery from marine sources. She also traveled extensively to the Philippines, Papua New Guinea and the Bahamas to collect the specimens of her research interests and spent many months on board research vessels scouring the oceans for new and exciting organisms to study. Dr. Vervoort has prior experience in education having worked at universities, teaching Nuclear Magnetic Resonance at San Diego State University, and tutoring in math and the sciences, ever since attending high school herself. She also worked at a non-profit research institute and a biotechnology company, developing new antibiotics from terrestrial sources.
Dr. Helena Vervoort loves teaching chemistry to her students. "My goal as a BASIS Independent educator is to inspire young minds to realize their potential, the help them master the fundamentals of chemistry which will pay off in their everyday understanding of the world," says. Dr. Vervoort, "With a keen interest in the differences in teaching style and educational outcome between my home country and the U.S., BASIS Independent attracted my attention with its emphasis on placing subject experts in the classroom, its focus on rigor and its absolute commitment to student success."
Fun fact: She once received an award for eating a hamburger with knife and fork. She has not done it since...