- Sheldon Broedel, Jr., Ph.D.
- Paul Behrens, Ph.D.
- Marco Chacon, Ph.D.
- David Fink, Ph.D.
- Mark Ginski, Ph.D.
- Lawrence C. Mahan, Ph.D.
- Cindy Oliver, Ph.D.
- Nadine Ritter, Ph.D.
- Timothy Wood, Ph.D.
B.S. Biology, State University, New York
M.S., Ph.D., Microbial and Molecular Genetics, UMBC
Dr. Broedel is a founder of Athena Environmental Sciences, Inc. and has served as CEO/CSO since the company’s inception in 1994. He also hold a positions as an Adjunct Instructor for the Master’s in Biotechnology at UMBC and an Adjunct Professor with the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Broedel serves on several boards including Chairman of the Science Advisory Board for the College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences at UMBC, Board Member of the Science Advisory Board to Villa Julie College, Board Member of the Master’s in Biotechnology Program, UMBC and for Applied Cell Sciences, Inc. Dr. Broedel received his doctoral and master's degrees from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in Microbial and Molecular Genetics and his B.S. degree in Biology from the State University of New York at Geneseo. He has 20 years of industrial experience, which included positions with Martin Marietta Laboratories, Dorlin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (formerly ChekTec Corporation) and Athena Environmental Sciences, Inc. as well as 8 years of academic research experience. In 2005, Dr. Broedel received UMBC’s Outstanding Alumni of the Year Award. Dr. Broedel has published a diverse range of scientific publications, holds three issued patents, and has designed, reduced to practice and launched more than 160 products. He and his development teams have received eight SBIR grant awards for their work with infectious diseases, environmental products and diagnostic tests. His technical expertise and experience includes microbiology, genetics, molecular biology, immunochemistry, biochemistry and enzymology, drug discovery and high throughput screening, fermentation and process development, and GLP/GMP manufacturing of biologics.
Dr. Broedel teaches BTEC 654: Emerging Topics in Biotechnology and BTEC 690: Technology Entrepreneurship.
Dr. Behrens is a co-founder of Martek Biosciences Corporation, an algal biotechnology company that began in 1985. He currently serves as a director and is involved in research focused on developing new products from microalgae. Prior to founding Martek, Dr. Behrens worked at Martin Marietta Laboratories where his work was on the use of algae as a component of NASA’s Closed Environmental Life Support System for long duration space flight. Dr. Behrens is a graduate of UMBC, having received both Masters and Doctoral degrees from the Department of Biological Sciences, and previously a B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University. He has been an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Biological Sciences since 1988. He is currently an Adjunct Professor and annually teaches a portion of the undergraduate Plant Biology course. In 2002, Dr. Behrens received UMBC’s Outstanding Alumnus of the Year Award. He also serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences at UMBC.
Dr. Chacon is the founder, president and CEO of Paragon Bioservices, Incorporated. With 30 years of research laboratory experience and 19 years of executive experience, Dr. Chacon has the depth of experience, energy and personal commitment to transform biotech startups to commercially-viable enterprises.
He is also the founder of Irazu Biodiscovery in 2000, based on his research and scientific insights regarding the mechanism of calorie-restriction protection. Dr. Chacon holds a Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Maryland.
Dr. David Fink’s career in biotechnology and biomedical product development spans over 30 years as a researcher, consultant, entrepreneur and officer of several start-up biotech companies. At the bwtech@UMBC Incubator and Accelerator, Dr. Fink coordinates incubator services and advises approximately 20 early-stage incubator companies. He is also the Program Manager for UMBC’s ACTiVATE® entrepreneurship program for women. He received his BSChE from the University of Cincinnati and his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan. He has authored over 40 scientific papers and book chapters, and he been awarded 22 US patents.
Dr. Mahan is an accomplished senior scientist with over 25 years experience in basic medical research including more than 10 years in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, an author of over 100 published articles and abstracts, and holder of four U.S. patents. His scientific expertise spans cellular and molecular biology, functional genomics, neuroscience, pharmacology, immunology and biochemistry. Dr. Mahan received his training in pharmacology and physiology at the University of California, San Diego, California and in molecular biology the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD. Dr. Mahan has additionally held positions as guest researcher at the National Research Council of Canada (Ottawa, ON), director and managing partner of an emergent biotechnology company in Vancouver, BC and a private business consultant on biopharmaceutical technology platform development and facilities design. Dr. Mahan joined Maryland’s Department of Business & Economic Development (DBED) in 2001. In his former role as Senior Strategy Advisor for Biosciences to the Secretary and the Office of the Governor, Dr. Mahan provided guidance to the administration on Maryland’s bioscience environment, as well as oversaw global business development and strategic partnering initiatives. In his current position as Acting Executive Director of the Maryland Biotechnology Center, a new Governor initiative, Dr. Mahan provides guidance to bioentrepreneurs and strategic advice on Maryland’s industry and assets in one of the largest clusters of bioscience companies and federal research laboratories in the United States. These activities include immediate and long-term corporate strategy development; alliance partnering; venture capital assistance; business incubation, expansion and retention, federal-academic-private sector collaborative initiatives; as well as policy and legislation guidance.
Dr. Ritter has nearly 30 years combined academic and industry experience as a protein chemist, specializing in the physiochemical and functional characterization, release and stability testing of biotechnology products. She is a prolific writer, speaker and trainer on analytical method development and validation, stability programs, product comparability studies, and reference standards for biopharmaceuticals. She is an active member of several committees, task forces, editorial boards, and scientific advisory panels for biotechnology professional organizations. Currently, she is a national and international consultant in the CMC technical, regulatory and quality elements required to successfully develop and commercialize biological and biotechnological products.
Dr. Wood is a scientific analyst for the Department of Defense. His work experience includes performing research in molecular biology and biochemistry at the National Cancer Institute, UMBC, The Scripps Research Institute, and the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Previous research topics have included cancer, infectious diseases, developmental biology, x-ray crystallography, and biochemical mechanisms of chromophore formation.
B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Porto, Portugal
M.S. and Ph.D., Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Antonio R. Moreira is Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Professor of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Dr. Moreira has both previous (Schering-Plough Corporation) and ongoing biotechnology industry contacts and experience. He draws from first-hand work in R & D, scale-up and introduction to commercialization of biotechnology products, such alpha interferon. Dr. Moreira has an active research program in bioprocess engineering and is a consultant to various biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.
He has received various awards including a NATO Senior Fellowship and the James Aggalloco Award from the Parenteral Drug Association. He served as the President for the Chesapeake Bay Area Chapter of the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering; he is immediate past-chair of the Council for Biotechnology Centers for the BIO Industry Organization, and serves on scientific advisory boards for various organizations. Dr. Moreira is Chairman of Peritus Consultants, Inc. an international consulting corporation. He is also a graduate of Leadership Maryland, class of 1998.
Dr. Moreira is the Graduate Program Director for the Graduate Certificate in Biochemical Regulatory Engineering. He teaches BTEC 660: Regulatory Issues in Biotechnology and BTEC 662: Good Manufacturing Practices and Bioprocesses.
Ph.D., Microbiology, University of Cincinnati
Postdoctoral work, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Rick Wolf is the Graduate Program Director (GPD) for and a co-developer of the M.P.S. program in Biotechnology. Dr. Wolf joined the Department of Biological Sciences in 1975, where he is now Professor of Biological Sciences. Dr. Wolf teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Microbial Molecular Genetics and runs an active research lab that investigates mechanism of gene regulation in the bacterium Escherichia coli. His research has been funded for many years by the NIH and it is conducted primarily by doctoral students. His students have gone on to become tenured members of medical school faculties, founders of biotechnology companies, and scientific administrators.
One of Dr. Wolf’s most active, non-research interests is the development of new graduate programs. In 1981, he and Dr. John Hays of the UMBC Department of Chemistry formulated an M.S. program in Applied Molecular Biology (APMB), the purpose of which was to train middle-level scientists to become laboratory-research scientists in the then fledgling biotechnology industry. As a research-project based program that teaches hands-on the methods of molecular biology and biotechnology, the program was the first of its kind in the country and was widely reviewed nationwide at its inception. Many of its 250+ graduates have taken employment with biotechnology companies while others have chosen to pursue advanced study as doctoral, medical, veterinary, and even law students. Following the APMB program, Dr. Wolf and Dr. Hays submitted a proposal for the initiation at UMBC of a Ph.D. program in Basic and Applied Molecular Biology. Later, that program initiative was converted into a University of Maryland system-wide Ph.D. program in Molecular and Cell Biology (MOCB). Dr. Wolf was the first Graduate Program Director for MOCB at UMBC and he is currently the GPD for APMB. He also served for six years as the Chair of the Biological Sciences Departmental Graduate Program Committee. He is looking forward to achieving similar success with the Master in Professional Studies: Biotechnology and the associated Certificate: Biotechnology Management.