Identical twin brothers Asan Turdiev and Husan Turdiev joined the CBMG department in 2017 as research technicians in Dr. Vince Lee’s lab. They are currently both working toward doctoral degrees in the labs of Dr. Eric Haag (Asan) and Dr. Caren Chang (Husan). Read about their experiences as recent immigrants to the United States below!
Dr. Ken Frauwirth joined the CBMG department as an assistant professor in 2003 before transitioning to a professional track position in 2012. He has been a Senior Lecturer, teaching a wide range of courses, since 2017. Read about his scientific interests and inspirations below!
Dr. Lanny Ling joined the CBMG department as an Assistant Professor in 2018 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2019. Read about his academic journey from China to Maryland (by way of Ohio and Texas) below!
Dr. Najib El-Sayed is a Professor in the CBMG department with a joint appointment in the Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. He also directs the Integrated Life Sciences honors program and the BBI-Advanced Genomic Technologies Core at UMD. Read about his experiences studying in war-torn Lebanon before coming to the United States to pursue a scientific career!
Lindsey Markowitz is a BISI BEES graduate student with a joint appointment in the labs of Dr. Jay Evans and Dr. David Hawthorne. Read her account of the history and culture of the places that fostered her love of science: South Philadelphia and the New Jersey Pine Barrens!
Priyanka Bharadwaj is a Ph.D. student in Dr. Caren Chang’s lab. She is currently working on aspects of a new signal in plants – ACC, the precursor of the hormone ethylene. She enjoys playing chess and hiking during her free time. Read about the history and culture of her home city, Bangalore, in the Indian state of Karnataka.
Louisa Nkrumah is a Learning Experience Designer with the UMD TLTC. She consults with instructors to provide input on effective teaching practices and inclusivity, and she leads many workshops and learning communities for instructors and faculty members at UMD. Outside of work, she enjoys baking, Zumba and Pure Barre classes, reading, watching reality TV, going to Disney Work, and spending time with family and friends. Read about how her family’s Ghanaian culture influences her work below.
Ginny Hutcheson is a Learning Experience Designer with the Teaching & Learning Transformation Center at UMD. She leads pedagogy workshops, learning communities, and consultations for UMD instructors. Read her story below about her lifelong love of teaching and sharing her passion for diversity and inclusion.
Errica Philpott-Barber is the Chair Coordinator for the CBMG department. Her primary role over the last 11 years has been supporting the Chair and managing all faculty-related affairs within the department, including Tenure/Tenure Track and Professional Track Faculty.