Timothy Fawcett, Ph.D.


Timothy Fawcett Ph.D.Timothy Fawcett, Ph.D. has been in the biotechnology business for over 30 years.  Trained as a biochemist, he has held senior positions in both academia and industry and has been a mentor to many young scientists throughout his career.

Dr. Fawcett earned his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from the University of New Hampshire, and his doctorate in Biochemistry from Louisiana State University. Prior to joining BTI in May 2001, he was Training Center Manager of Life Technologies, Inc./ Invitrogen. There he wrote, developed, and taught workshops designed to teach medical doctors, principal investigators, and laboratory technicians in areas such as cell culture, recombinant DNA, and protein expression through a combination of lecture and laboratory exercises. Dr. Fawcett has investigated molecular responses to cellular stress at the National Institute on Aging, and the National Institutes of Health in the Laboratory on Gene Expression and Aging

For the last 12 years, Dr. Fawcett has been the Director of the BioTechnical Institute of Maryland (BTI), a non-profit located in Baltimore, Maryland.  He is also the Founder and Director of BioSciConcepts.  BioSciConcepts is an internationally recognized provider of expertise in the biological sciences and has provided consultation services to several small and large biotechnology companies. Dr. Fawcett is a featured expert on The Cell Culture Dish webisite  and is a scientific advisory board member for several biotech companies.

Dr. Fawcett has a deep knowledge of biotechnology and has experience in most of the technical aspects of the workflow.  This makes him the person to help you perform your job better.


Leslie I.D. Prewitt, Executive Director

As an accomplished executive, BTI’ s Executive Director Leslie Prewitt brings over 20 years of experience in nonprofit management, development, marketing, and communications. Ms. Prewitt has a deep understanding of BTI’s workforce development programs, its funders, and its collaborations within Maryland’s life sciences environment. She has a strong background in marketing and past nonprofit experience that equip her with the skills, insights, vision, and practicality to successfully administer all aspects of the organization. Expanding her influence and leadership at BTI, she works closely with the staff and board of directors on maintaining and increasing BTI’s impact on Maryland’s communities and economy. Under Ms. Prewitt’s guidance and direction, BTI is poised for extensive growth with community engagement and strong, new business partnerships. Paired with her commitment and dedication to BTI’s mission and workforce development initiatives, her accomplishments include increased community engagement; development of new, innovative business relationships; and cultivation of existing and new constituents. Ms. Prewitt is an active graduate of Leadership Maryland Class of 2009 and volunteers with several community organizations. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from the University of Maryland. Prior to joining BTI, she was part of the management teams with New Horizons Supported Services and Opportunity Builders, Inc., both nonprofits providing services for adults with developmental disabilities.  In addition, she headed her own consulting firm that provided fundraising and marketing strategies for a variety of nonprofit and for-profit clients.


Wayne Butscher, Ph.D. - Director of the BioSTART to Laboratory Associates Program

Dr. Butscher received his undergraduate degree at the University of Connecticut, and his Master's degree in Tropical Public Health at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. He later earned a doctorate in Parasitology from McGill University, then completed two post-doctoral fellowships. While at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, Dr. Butscher performed studies in autoimmune thyroiditis. His second fellowship was served at the National Cancer Institute of the NIH, where he studied molecular immunological aspects of T-cell activation.

Prior to joining BTI in 2003, Dr. Butscher worked as a Molecular Biology Applications Specialist at PerkinElmer Life Sciences, and as a Field Applications Specialist with Compugen, Inc. He has also served as a mentor in the Meyerhoff Scholarship Program, and in the Peace Corps. Now at BTI, Dr. Butscher teaches in the Laboratory Associates Program, and performs administrative duties.


Bahman Vasseghi, MD Instructor and Senior Laboratory Technician

Dr. Vasseghi is a licensed medical doctor from Iran. He migrated to the U.S. with the desire to move toward research and away from the clinical area. He enrolled in the Laboratory Associates Program and completed the BTI training in early 2014. Prior to joining the BTI team in September 2014, he was with PathSensors.

Therese Poku - Administrative Coordinator

Ms. Poku is a graduate of the September 2014 class.  She brings a wealth of prior experience and empathy to this role.  Her role controls and maintains many of the documental and organizational needs of the program.