B. Parent

Program Director
BSCI330:        Cell Biology and Physiology
BSCI433:        Biology of Cancer
BSCI399T:      Science of Alternative Medicine
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”.

David Sandstrom







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.

M. Colombini








Dr. Marco Colombini
PHYS131:         Physics for Life Science I
PHYS132:        Physics for Life Science II
Dr. Marco Colombini has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from McGill University, Canada (1974).  He is a Professor of Biology at the University of Maryland in College Park.  His research is in the area of Membrane Biophysics with a focus on membrane channels.  He was a co-discoverer of the mitochondrial VDAC channel, the first intrinsic membrane channel studied at the single-channel level.  He also discovered the ceramide channel, the first stable channel made exclusively of cellular lipids.   Currently he is trying to identify the protein(s) responsible for a novel, steeply voltage-gated bacterial channel called triplin.  He has 124 peer-reviewed publications and 24 book chapters.  His contributions to research were recognized by being elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2012).  His research is highly cited (over 11,000 citations) with a current H index of 58.  He was elected to the governing Council of the Biophysical Society (2009-2012).  He chaired the Bioenergetics Subgroup of the Biophysical Society (2004-2007) and serves on the editorial board of Biochimica et Biophysica Acta and the Journal of Bioenergetics and Biomembranes.  He served as Director of the Biology Graduate Program (2006-2012) and Associate Chair of the Biology Department (2006-2009, 2010-2012).   His teaching has included Cell Biology, Mammalian Physiology, Membrane Biophysics, Physical Chemistry, and Physics of Living Systems.  He has graduated 18 doctoral student and 17 master's students. 

Dr. Ryan Marcheschi
BSCI410:          Molecular Genetics
BCHM463:       Biochemistry of Physiology
Dr. Ryan Marcheschi received his Bachelor's degree in Genetics from Iowa State University in 2001 and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2009.  He then moved to the University of California, Los Angeles, where he conducted postdoctoral research in the field of metabolic engineering until 2013.  Dr. Marcheschi joined the Universities at Shady Grove faculty in 2014 as the Biochemistry for Physiology instructor. He is also a member of the faculty at Montgomery College, where he has taught the General Biology, Principles of Biology,
Principles of Genetics, and Microbiology courses.

Dr. Lucas Dunlap
Philosophy & Time Travel
Lucas Dunlap earned his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2015. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Rotman Institute of Philosophy at Western University in Ontario, Canada. His research interests are primarily in the foundations of quantum theory. His work has focused mainly on the relationship between quantum information theory and ontic approaches to the interpretation of quantum theory, including whether there is an information-theoretic solution to the measurement problem. He also has a research interest in the models of the behavior of quantum systems in the presence of closed time like curves, and in the philosophical issues of chronology violation more generally

Dr. 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.

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. 

Bill Knight
            Personal and Family Finance


W. Stickle

Dr. Wendy Stickle
CCJS325:            Slavery in the Twenty First Century:  Combating Human Trafficking
Dr. Wendy Stickle is the director of the CCJS undergraduate program at Shady Grove. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice in 2009. She teaches research methods, criminological theory, and juvenile delinquency, and human trafficking. Her research interests include program and policy evaluation, juvenile delinquency, prevention, and human trafficking.