Biotechnology Program Advisory Committee

Biotechnology Advisory Committee

A group of faculty members serve as the Biotechnology Advisory Committee (BAC). Each member is involved in an area of basic research, which utilizes modern biotechnologies.

Continuing Members

  • Karen McDonald (Chair) - Professor of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science, in the College of Engineering. She is also the Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies in the College of Engineering. In the College of Engineering. She is the co-director of the NIH Training Program in Biomolecular Technology and a member of the DEB executive committee. Her research focus is the production of pharmacologically important proteins from plant cell cultures and the development of a new protein expression system.

  • Bruce Hammock (Former Chair) – Distinquished Professor of Entomology in the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences and the Cancer Research Center in the School of Medicine, Director, NIEHS-UCD Superfund Basic Research Program and the NIH Biotechnology Training Program. He is working on genetically-engineered viral insecticides, the development of immunoassays for the detection of xenobiotics in the environment and the development of predictive models for the biodegradation, mutagenicity and carcinogenicity of epoxides. He is a member of the National Academy of Science.

  • Kit S. Lam – Professor of Medicine and Chief, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Internal Medicine and Professor, Department of Chemistry, in the Division of Math and Physical Sciences in the College of Letters and Science. Dr. Lam is a practicing medical oncologist and a laboratory researcher. His laboratory is engaged in the development and application of combinatorial library methods for basic research and drug discovery.

  • Paul Luciw – Professor of Medical Pathology, in the School of Medicine and Associate Director - Research Programs, Center for Comparative Medicine. He uses molecular genetic approaches to investigate the regulation of viral gene expression and to elucidate mechanisms of viral pathogenesis.  

The research activities of the members of the BAC reflect the diversity of interests and expertise across the university.