|From industry to
the academy, UMBC’s Biological Sciences alumni are
making their mark on a regional and national level. Our focus
on providing opportunities for undergraduate students includes
the department’s Minority Access to Research Careers
Undergraduate Training in Academic Research (MARC
U*STAR) Program. Alumni of our bachelor’s programs
consistently go on to some of the most selective graduate
programs, including Harvard University, the University of
Wisconsin and Stanford University.
Alumni of our graduate programs are participating in postdoctoral
training in laboratories across the country and are moving
into careers in academia and research. The intensive training
they receive at UMBC in close collaboration with our dedicated
research faculty instills the skills necessary for them to
continue to grow as scientists.
Listed below are just a few examples of what our alumni
are accomplishing. If you are a UMBC Biological Sciences
alumnus/a – we would like to hear from you. Visit the Share
Your Information page and send us an update.
Timothy I. Wood
PhD Molecular/Cell Biology 1999
After conducting his doctoral dissertation research, in the laboratory of Richard E. Wolf, Jr., Timothy Wood took a position as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the laboratory of Dr. John Tainor of the Scripps Institute for Research. In so doing, Wood used this training period to change fields from prokaryotic molecular biology to structural biology and X-ray crystallography. While a post-doctoral fellow, he solved the structure of several key iron-containing proteins of bacteria. Wood now holds the position of Supervisory Research Chemist in the Department of Clinical Investigation at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. There, he supervises a research staff that conducts the research of the medical staff of the Center and he trains medical students and staff in laboratory protocols using sophisticated analytical equipment. In addition, he continues to conduct his own research in structural biology, determining the structures of bacterial pilins.