Dr. John Biggan is a Cognitive Neuroscientist and a teacher.
John Biggan, like both of his parents, was born in San Antonio, TX. He lived near Austin until his dad’s job moved the family to the El Paso area. While there, John was heavily involved with the Boy Scouts of America, earning the rank of Eagle Scout, and becoming a youth leader in the Boy Scout’s National Honor Society, the Order of the Arrow. This experience taught him the value of service to the community.
After graduating from high school, John moved to Arlington to attend UTA. There he decided that the best way to serve his community was to study the brain to find interventions that can improve brain health. Ultimately, John earned a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree, and a doctorate from UTA.
John has always loved teaching and in 2005 he was thrilled to teach his first undergraduate course at UTA. In addition to teaching at UTA, he has taught at TCC (SE, NE, & TR), teaching undergraduate and dual-credit courses. He has also served as a guest lecturer at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has taught in-person and online courses at Parkland College, which he has continued to this day.
Outside of the classroom, John has worked as a research scientist in the Center for Healthy Living and Longevity at UTA, where he studied interventions to reduce falls in older adults. Following this, he won a highly competitive fellowship at the world-renowned Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology in Illinois. There he worked to identify and test interventions that can counteract the negative effects of aging on the brain, as well as methods to improve brain health in children.
As a scientist, John believes that evidence-based policymaking is the best way to help our community. He has seen firsthand that even the most well-reasoned ideas do not always pan out, and that sometimes the ideas that do not seem likely are the ones that work the best. This knowledge keeps him from getting stuck trying the same thing over and over again and means that he is not beholden to any idea just because it is a Republican idea or a Democratic idea.
John and his wife, Lauren, were involved in the local theatre scene for many years and met at a community theatre in Euless where they were performing 14 years ago.
John moved to this district in 2006 and today he and Lauren live in Hurst. Lauren teaches elementary school just down the road in HEB ISD.