Biomedical Science

Gomba Outstanding Biomedical Science Student

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Laura Wanner Gomba with Dr. Rachel Bagni and Hood President Ron Volpe

Laura Wanner Gomba with Dr. Rachel Bagni and Hood President Ron Volpe

Laura Wanner Gomba is the recipient of the Carlo and Valerie Bagni Oustanding Biomedical Science Student Award for 2015.

Hood Graduate School alum Dr. Rachel Bagni, who now heads the Biomedical Science program at Hood and established the award in honor of her parents, calls Laura “an exemplary student [and] …an excellent representative of Hood in an highly competitive and demanding field. ”

Bagni describes Laura’s thesis  – Development of an electrochemiluminescent assay to support high throughput screening for botulinum neurotoxin serotype A inhibitors – as a “well conceived, designed and executed project which highlighted Laura’s commitment to quality scientific research. Data from the thesis has been included in multiple funded grant applications. 

Bioinformatics Launch Features Noted NCI Scientist

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Dr. Kearney

Dr. Kearney

The Graduate School’s exciting Bioinformatics Certificate program has opened for enrollment starting with the fall 2015 semester. A  Symposium on Bioinformatics will officially launch — and celebrate — the new program on Thursday, June 25, 2015, 5:30-7 p.m., at the Whitaker Campus Center on Hood’s campus. The public is invited.

This special evening will feature a keynote address by Mary Kearney, Ph.D., National Cancer Institute.  Dr. Kearney’s topic will be Using Bioinformatics Tools to Develop Strategies towards a Cure for HIV. Her work was recently published in Science, known worldwide as the leading journal of original scientific research, global news and commentary. At NCI, Dr. Kearney heads theTranslational Research Unit, HIV Dynamics and Replication Program. 

The Symposium promises to offer an engaging and informative look inside the increasingly important field of bioinformatics. It will also be an excellent opportunity to learn more about the Bioinformatics Certificate program’s capacity to prepare life science professionals with fluency in this cross-cutting discipline.

Grad Student’s Internship Leads to Bioinformatics Job

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Danny Watson

Danny Watson

Daniel Watson, who proudly hails from “the tropical paradise of Barbados in the Caribbean,” discovered the Graduate School by way of his cousin, a past international undergraduate student who “highly recommended me to apply because of her very positive experience.”

While working toward his master’s degree in Computer Science, Danny was selected for appointment to the Student Research Participation Program at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) at Fort Detrick. The CPT (Curricular Practical Training) internship working with the bioinformatics team will lead to a position after he graduates in December 2015 as a bioinformatics analyst, a role in which he will continue develop new technologies for the analysis and interactive visualization of biomedical and genomic data.

Danny gives much credit for this career-launching opportunity to Dr. Xinlian Liu—his “primary mentor” and instructor in operating system design and algorithms —as well as Hood’s relationship with Fort Detrick’s Advanced Biomedical Computing Center. Professors George Dimitoglou and Ahmed Salem are among other “major influences” at the Graduate School.

Danny was delighted to “give back to the Hood College community” through a workship at Hood’s Center for Academic Achievement and Retention.

“Ebola Fighter” to Speak at Graduate School Commencement

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Dr. Thomas Geisbert

Dr. Thomas Geisbert

The Graduate School of Hood College is honored to have Dr. Thomas W. Geisbert deliver the keynote address at its 2015 Commencement on May 16.  Dr. Geisbert was one of several “Ebola fighters” spotlighted by Time magazine in its 2014″Person of the Year” selection. 

As a researcher at the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick, Maryland, Geisbert co-discovered the reston species of Ebola virus in 1989. This work was the subject of many articles in scientific literature and in the popular press as well as Richard Preston’s best-selling novel “The Hot Zone.” He is now a professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and the Galveston National Laboratory.

Reception for All New Students: August 20

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All students who are new to the Hood Graduate School for the Fall 2014 semester are invited to an orientation on Wednesday, August 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m. The informal welcome reception, to be held at Whitaker Campus Center, will provide an opportunity to meet faculty, staff and fellow students.

The agenda includes a campus tour, introduction to the bookstore and Apple computer lab, a welcome from Graduate School Dean Dr. Maria Green Cowles, and dinner with the program directors. Get the complete agenda and then RSVP here 

Grad Now at UNC Med School

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Aaron Wesley

Aaron Wesley

Recent Biomedical Science graduate Aaron Wesley has just completed his first year at the University of North Carolina Medical School. Aaron calls his Hood experience “pivotal” to his academic growth. He credits his thesis adviser, Dr. Craig Laufer, for “high quality mentorship…that was instrumental to my development as a scientist.”

Craig says Aaron is a prime example of students who choose the Biomedical Science program as a way to burnish their credentials before applying to medical or dental school.

Although still in the early phase of his medical education, Aaron is intrigued by emergency medicine and oncology.

Grad School Mentor’s Company Celebrates 10th Year

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Randy McClement, Frederick Mayor; Blaine R. Young, County Commissioners President;  Robert "Bob" Buckheit, ImQuest president (and Hood alum); Richard Griffin, Director of Economic Development, City of Frederick; and Helen Propheter, Manager, Frederick County Government, Business Development and Retention

Pictured with Robert “Bob” Buckheit, ImQuest president (and Hood Grad School alum), center, are Randy McClement, Frederick Mayor; Blaine R. Young, County Commissioner; ; Richard Griffin, Director of Economic Development, City of Frederick; and Helen Propheter, Manager, Frederick County Government, Business Development and Retention

Frederick, MD-based ImQuest BioSciences, a leading pre-clinical contract research and development company that evaluates the potential of new and novel pharmaceutical products, marked its tenth year on June 10 with announcement of the launch of its ImQuestSUCCESS platform.  ImQuest has won more than 200 awards in the past 15 years. Among the honors are the “U.S. Small Agency of the Year”recognition for three years in a row and ranking among the top 30 “Best U.S. Agencies to Work For” ten consecutive years.

Dr. Robert “Bob” Buckheit, Jr., ImQuest’s president and CSO, has supervised and mentored numerous Mster’s students in the Biomedical Sciences program in the Graduate School at Hood College. 

AFCEA Funds Microscope Purchase

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Dean Maria Green Cowles recently accepted a check for $2,500 from Steve Lamberson, president of the Frederick Chapter of AFCEA. Lamberson presented the check in support of the Hood Graduate School’s  partnership with the USAMRMC STEM and GEMS programs.  The money will be used to purchase a Celestron LCD deluxe digital microscope for the GEMS summer youth programs.

Pictured below in addition to Lamberson and Cowles are Colonel Eric Edgar, Commanding officer USAMRIID and Colonel Robert von Tersch, Director Strategic Partnerships, USAMRMC, and their staff; Dr. Rachel Bagni, Director of Hood’s Biomedical Science program; Judy Sherman, director of Hood’s Curriculum and Instruction and STEM programs; and Hans Wagner, Hood’s Biology Laboratory Supervisor who actively supports the GEMS program.AFCEA