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. 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. 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.   

Mary Gallagher & aNNIE FOSTER-AHMED

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). 

Annie Foster Ahmed received her Master’s Degree in Science Education from the State University of Buffalo (SUNY) and a B.S. in Biology from Daemen College. Prior to joining the CAS team, she worked with Pre-College Programs at the University of Maryland and was responsible for the day-to-day management of two TRiO Programs:  Upward Bound and Upward Bound-Math/Science Programs.  Both programs were funded by the U.S. Department of Education and were designed to prepare low-income and first-generation college students for success in college through academic, personal and social development.  Her focus has been on teacher training, staff development, programming and on teaching study skills strategies.  She has presented at various conferences such as the Council for Opportunity In Education (COE), the Mid-Eastern Association of Educational Opportunity Personnel (MEAOPP), and the Maryland Executive Council for Educational Opportunities (MECEO).

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. 

*Bios and pictures coming soon!*

Marilyn London

ANTH429A Plagues, Pathogens and Public Policy


PHYS131 Physics for Life Sciences


Bchm463Biochemistry of Physiology


HLTH377 Human Sexuality


FMSC341 Personal and Family Finance


HIST329K History of Rock and Roll