Shady Grove: Our Faculty

Students attending UMCP's Biological Sciences Program at Shady Grove are taught by University of Maryland, College Park faculty.


Dr. Beth Parent

Program Director

BSCI330: Cell Biology and Physiology

Dr. Beth Parent received her Ph.D. from the Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics at the University of Maryland in August 2006.  While still working on her degree, she worked as a lecturer in the Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics for a year and a half before graduation.  During that time Dr. Parent coordinated upper level Immunology and Pathogenic Microbiology laboratories, co-taught General Microbiology and lectured Epidemiology and Public Health.  Since August 2006 Dr. Parent has been a lecturer in the Department of Biology at the University of Maryland.  She has coordinated the labs for both upper level Cell Biology and Physiology courses (BSCI330 and BSCI421) and taught BSCI 330 Cell Biology and Physiology.  Dr. Parent also created and taught a Scholars colloquium and an Honors seminar titled “Scientific Validity of Alternative Therapies”.


Dr. Dave Sandstrom  

BSCI330 Cell Biology and Physiology Laboratory, BSCI353 Principles of Neuroscience, BSCI440 Mammalian Physiology, BSCI454 Neurobiology Laboratory

Dr. Dave Sandstrom received his Bachelor's degree in Animal Physiology from UC San Diego (1985) and his Ph.D. in Neurobiology from UC Berkeley (1993). After postdoctoral work at the University of Arizona, he joined the National Institute of Mental Health at NIH as a Staff Scientist. His research has focused broadly on alterations in the synaptic connections and excitability of neurons in response to events such as learning or metamorphosis, or chemical stimuli such as hormones or anesthetic drugs. Dr. Sandstrom specializes in electrophysiology, combined with genetics, pharmacology and developmental biology. He has enjoyed participating in a number of courses, including the Neural Systems and Behavior course at Woods Hole, MA; Insect Neurobiology at the National Centre for Biological Sciences in Bangalore, India; and Cellular Neurophysiology at the University of Maryland, College Park. He lives in Montgomery County with his wife and dogs, and his outside activities include cycling, hiking, SCUBA diving, and working with Ocean Discovery Institute in Baja California.


Dr. Soheila Ebrahimian

BCHM463 Biochemistry of Physiology

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Dr. Sandy Fox-Moon

BSCI437 General Virology

Dr. Sandy Fox-Moon received her Ph.D. from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Maryland Baltimore in July 2007. Her project, which focused on the Pst Transporter of Proteus mirabilis and its role in biofilm formation and virulence, resulted in two peer-reviewed publications and multiple national and international conference presentations. Since obtaining her degree, Dr. Fox-Moon has taught a number of courses at various colleges and universities. She has been the lecturer for Microbial Physiology, General Microbiology, Immunology, and Recombinant DNA Laboratory at UMCP. Dr. Fox-Moon is also a lecturer for the Science in the Evening Post-Baccalaureate program at UMCP, instructing Biochemistry of Physiology and Immunology. During previous fall semesters Dr. Fox-Moon was the lab coordinator for BSCI424 Pathogenic Microbiology course at UMCP and taught Medical Microbiology for the George Washington University Physical Therapy Graduate Program. Previously Dr. Fox-Moon taught Recombinant DNA Laboratory at the Universities at Shady Grove in spring semesters.


Dr. Christine Hakenkamp

BIOM301 Biometrics

Dr. Hakenkamp trained as a stream ecologist at the University of Maryland, looking at the role that small invertebrates and the non-native bivalve, Corbicula, played in river ecosystems. During this time, she came to love being a Teaching Assistant in the Biometrics program. Following graduation, she taught for three years at James Madison University and then began lecturing BIOM301 Biometrics at the University of Maryland. Dr. Hakenkamp has been teaching BIOM301 at the Universities at Shady Grove since 2007.


Dr. George Sherwood

PHYS121 and 122: Fundamentals of Physics I & II

Dr. George Sherwood is a published author, a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army with 29 years of service, and a retired nuclear /environmental /safety engineer. He has over 39 years of experience in government project management, and is presently providing support to the $570 million Zheleznogorsk Plutonium Production Elimination Project (ZPPEP) to safely shut down the last Russian Plutonium Production Reactor (ADE-2). He has served as an environmental engineer and environmental impact statement expert for the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) for 5 years and a nuclear safety engineer and project manager for the Energy Research and Development Administration (ERDA) for 6 years. He has also worked as a licensing engineer and manager for various nuclear projects with the Department of Energy (DOE) from 1979 to 1997 and served as a staff member on the DOE advisory committee on nuclear facility safety. Beside teaching at the University of Maryland, College Park, Dr. Sherwood is also a faculty member at Montgomery College and Frederick Community College in Maryland. Dr. Sherwood received his Bachelor of Science in Physics from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1965 and his Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 1969. He is fluent in Russian and well-acquainted with German.    


Dr. Scott Walsh

BSCI422 Principles of Immunology

Dr. Walsh earned his B.S. degree in biochemistry from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana and a his Ph.D. in structural biology and biophysics from the University of Pennsylvania under the guidance of Professor William DeGrado. He was a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Postdoctoral Fellow of the Life Sciences Research Foundation at the University of Chicago under the guidance of Professor Anthony Kossiakoff. From 2003 to 2008, he was an Assistant Professor at the Ohio State University School of Medicine in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry. Since 2008 Dr. Walsh has been an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland at the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research and the Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics. The general theme of his research program focuses on understanding the structural and energetic driving forces of protein-ligand interactions at the atomic level. One focus area involves dissecting the interleukin-7 signaling pathway that leads to the development and homeostasis of B- and T-cells of the immune system.   


Denise Bellows

HLTH377 Human Sexuality

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Mary Gallagher

BSCI279B Strategies for Success

Mary Gallagher graduated from Syracuse University in 2008 with dual degrees in Writing & Rhetoric and English & Textual Studies. Impassioned by writing and the mechanics of the English language, she started working as a writing consultant in the Syracuse University Writing Center in 2005, during her sophomore year. She worked as a writing consultant and tutor for the remainder of her time at Syracuse, both in the campus writing center and in the Syracuse University Athletic Department; mentored new writing consultants; and supported the development of the Syracuse writing center by serving as a member of the Writing Center Task Force. She has presented research on writing center theory and practice at the International Writing Centers Association conference and the Conference on College Composition and Communication (4Cs). 


Tom Jordan

CCJS 310: Criminal Investigation

C. Thomas Jordan (Tom) holds a B.A. degree in Government and Politics (1991) from the University of Maryland at College Park. Upon graduation, he worked with the U.S. Department of State in their European and Soviet Affairs Bureau. With a strong concentration of Criminal Justice studies, he left the U.S. Department of State to join the U.S. Capitol Police Department in 1993. In 1995, Tom joined the Montgomery County Department of Police where he served in a variety of assignments. In 2010 he earned his M.S. in Management with a certificate in Police Executive Leadership and Emergency Management from the Johns Hopkins University. Tom currently serves as the Deputy Commander of the 5th District (Germantown) for the Montgomery County Department of Police. Tom is also involved with the International Association of Police Chiefs/International Managers of Police Academy and College Training (IMPACT) section whose ultimate goal is to enhance the quality of law enforcement and policing at the international level through education and training. 


Marilyn London

ANTH429A Plagues, Pathogens and Public Policy

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John Parascandola, Ph.D. 

HIST 404: History of Biology

Dr. John Parascandola, a native of New York City, never received his high school diploma because he could not swim the pool, a requirement (for males only) at his school. Nevertheless he was admitted to and obtained his B.S. in Chemistry from Brooklyn College in 1963. He then went on to earn an M.S. in Biochemistry and a Ph.D. in the History of Science (1968) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During his professional career, he has served as Professor of History of Science and History of Pharmacy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as Chief of the History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine, and as Public Health Service Historian. He currently teaches courses in the history of modern biology and the history of public health at the University of Maryland. He is the author of The Development of American Pharmacology: John J. Abel and the Shaping of a Discipline (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1992), which received the George Urdang Medal of the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy in 1994; and of Sex, Sin, and Science: A History of Syphilis in America (Westport, CT: Praeger, 2008). He is also the recipient of the Surgeon General's Medallion, the highest award that can be given by the U. S. Surgeon General.


Susan Steen 

ANTH428R Race and Ethnicity

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