Nadia Hedhli

Nadia Hedhli, Ph.D.


Class of: 1999
Degree Program: Liberal Arts

What factors led you to decide to attend Hudson County Community College?
High quality professors, family feelings, student support services, being affordable, and close to home.

What is your favorite memory of the College, in or out of the classroom?
In-classroom, student and professor interaction, and group work. Out of class, various student activities.

How did you become interested in biology?
In 1998, I was a liberal arts major in a nutrition class at the College. Not entirely sure of where this knowledge would take me, I found myself fascinated in Dr. Lloyd Kahn’s classes and soon became enthralled with biology. A year later, after earning a 4.0 GPA, I transferred to Rutgers University to major in biology.

How did your time at HCCC prepare you for your career/ life now?
HCCC is the school where I started my path toward my doctorate degree. The excellent professors, the classes, the counselors, and the environment helped me keep focused on my goal.

What is a typical work day for you?
Meeting with the class, office hours, interactions with faculty, meetings …

What has been the most memorable project/case you have worked on?
Anatomy in Clay for my Honors A&P students – the project showed different diseases displayed in clay at the Honors Showcase.

Who are your biggest inspirations that have impacted your work in some way?
During my third year of graduate studies at UMDNJ, I decided to return and teach at HCCC. Dr. Kahn offered to show me the ropes of teaching from helping me to create a syllabus to delivering a lecture. I also had tremendous support from other senior faculty and staff including Dr. Tabatabaie, Professor Matari, and Dean Sirangelo and many others that were always there for me, and offered all the help they can give.

What advice would you give to recent HCCC graduates?
Follow your passion, the sky is the limit and don’t let anyone tell you you can’t do it.

What advice do you have for those students who are just starting their college careers?
Do some soul searching, find what moves you, what you are passionate about, with passion comes perseverance and with that comes success.