Todd J. Cooke (Ph.D., Cornell University, 1979)
Professor of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics; Director of Integrated Life Sciences in the Honors College.
Dr. Cooke's research interests lie in the development and evolution of green plants and in the process of biology student learning. His awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship and a College Teaching Excellence award, plus three Center for Teaching Excellence-Lilly Foundation Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching awards for designing and/or implementing innovative undergraduate courses. Dr. Cooke was named a Life Science Education Fellow of the National Academies for 2009-2010.
Sabrina R. Kramer (Ph.D., University of Maryland, 2008)
Associate Director of Integrated Life Sciences, Honors College
Sabrina has a wide range of research interests ranging from pathogen-host interactions and viruses as templates for nanowires to the support of faculty development and teacher training in higher education. She is a proud University of Maryland alumna (Go Terps!) and formerly the Assistant Director for Faculty Programs at the Teaching and Learning Transformation Center.
Zabrina S. Anzyl (Master of Arts, College Student Personnel, 2009)
Assistant Director for Student Services
Zabrina is a proud Terp alum who earned her BA in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland in 2005. Her first career was with the National Security Agency before earning her MA in higher education at Bowling Green State University. Zabrina most recently comes from Bucknell University, and is passionate about advising and mentoring students in their individual pursuit of excellence while normalizing self-care.
Rachel Smith (University of Maryland MPH student)
Rachel is a first-year graduate student studying to earn her master’s degree in public health,
concentrating in epidemiology. She earned her BS degree in biology with a minor in Spanish at East Tennessee State University. While earning her undergraduate degree, Rachel was very active with the school’s student programming board and became passionate about using programming to enhance campus life. She is excited to use her science background and student programming experience to assist ILS students and provide a supportive and engaging learning experience at the University of Maryland.
Nawal Shams (University of Maryland, Class of 2021)
Undergraduate Student Office Assistant
Nawal is a sophomore Neurobiology & Physiology and Psychology double major in ILS. She spent her summer researching the molecular mechanisms surrounding SHIP1,I2PP2A/SET and MiR300 in regulating NK immune-regulatory and anti-tumor functions and NK cell activation against chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) under Dr. Rossana Trotta at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She is also an active member of various campus organizations such as Terrapind Bhangra, Maryland Mauj, Pre-Med Society, and UMD MASC. Upon graduation, Nawal hopes to matriculate into medical school to pursue an MD degree.