C4 Team

Jason Camara Ph.D.

Jason is currently a faculty member and chair of the Cabrillo College Chemistry Department. A former student of Harry Ungar, Jason attended Cabrillo College before transferring to UC Santa Cruz where he received his Ph.D. in Chemistry in the lab of Bakthan Singaram.


Harry Ungar Ph.D.

Harry Ungar's principal expertise is in molecular visualization and other uses of computer software in chemical education. He has produced and distributed free instructional software built around Chime and Jmol. These programs display "live" three dimensional (3D) molecular models whose appearances are controlled by users to reveal many aspects of their structures. Molecular models are built with computational chemistry programs such as WebMO, a low cost web-based computational interface. Incorporation of computational chemistry principles and exercises into lower division undergraduate chemistry courses is his most recent interest.

Dr. Ungar received his B.S. degree at Columbia University and his Ph.D. in the laboratory of Nobel Prize winning chemist Melvin Calvin at UC, Berkeley. His first teaching appointment was at Haile Sellassie I University in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. After that he taught chemistry, mainly Organic Chemistry, at Cabrillo Community College in Aptos, CA for 30 years. He also taught occasionally at UC Santa Cruz. From August, 2004 to August 2006 he has was a Program Officer in the Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) at the National Science Foundation in Arlington, VA.


Albion Baucom M.Sc.

Albion started at Cabrillo College in 1990 after graduating from high school. Aware that he wanted to follow a career in science, his first few years found him searching for a field that interested him. Taking Dr. Ungar's organic chemistry course in 1993, and working independently on topics in chemistry and visualization, the C4 project began. After completing the necessary credits to transfer, Albion attended UC Santa Cruz as a Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology major. Upon completing his bachelors in biology, he then joined the Computer Science and Engineering Department at UCSC and in 1999 completed a masters degree working on machine learning and artificial intelligence with Dr. Lydia Gregoret, and Dr. David Haussler.

Following graduate school he joined Dr. Harry Noller's group at UCSC as a post-graduate researcher, and studied the structure and function of the ribosome using x-ray crystallography. Both his research, and images, have made the cover of Science, Cell, and EMBO. Still a member of C4, Albion currently lives in San Francisco and works as a structural biologist with Dr. David Agard in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at UC San Francisco.