It is with great pleasure that CBMG announces the inaugural recipients of the CBMG Departmental Awards of Excellence for 2021. These are new awards that are meant to recognize and celebrate individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the Department at all levels. The awards are even more relevant this year given the challenges and sacrifices made during the past 15 months of the pandemic.
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the NIH recently awarded CBMG Assistant Professor Dr. Margaret Scull a 5-year, $2.7 million grant to support her team’s efforts in researching the role of airway mucins during influenza virus infection.
Dr Najib El-Sayed has been named the director of UMD's Integrated Life Science program. ILS is a living-learning program focused on biological sciences and offers an accelerated curriculum for talented STEM students.
Dr. El-Sayed succeeds Dr. Todd Cooke who founded this extremely successful program. We are all very proud of the legacy that Dr. Cooke has left us, and we are sure that Najib will take it even further.
Dr. Cooke Honored with 2020 Kirwan Undergraduate Education Award. He founded and then directed the Integrated Life Sciences (ILS) program in the Honors College since 2011. With Cooke as the program’s inaugural director, ILS built an extraordinary track record of achievement, one student at a time.