Staff

Timothy Fawcett, Ph.D.

Director

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.

 

Kathleen Weiss

Executive Director

Ms. Weiss received her undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park, and pursued post-graduate work in Management at Johns Hopkins University. Prior to joining the BioTechnical Institute of Maryland in June 2001, Ms. Weiss was the Assistant Director of the Greater Baltimore Technology Council.

Before working with the Technology Council, Ms. Weiss was the Director of Technology Initiatives at the Baltimore Development Corporation. There, she was responsible for managing and expanding Baltimore City’s technology business incubator program. Ms. Weiss has also served as Board President and member of an independent non-profit health services organization, PACT, which merged with the Kennedy Kreiger Institute. Now, with 30 years of experience in leadership and management of both for-profit and non-profit organizations, Ms. Weiss serves as the Executive Director of BTI and BioSciConcepts.

 

Amy Chase

Director of Marketing & Development

Ms. Chase brings twenty-five years of diverse experience as a creative strategist focused on non-profit development, business development, marketing, public relations, event planning, advocacy and community outreach to her role as Director of Marketing and Development.  Her responsibilities include raising funds to support the mission of BTI, working with academic and corporate partners to facilitate hiring of BTI graduates into their biotech organizations, managing marketing and public relations outreach as well as promoting the BioSciConcepts workshop program through BTI, which provides training to current laboratory workers on diverse topics including cell culture and molecular biology.

 

Wayne Butscher, Ph.D.

Program Director for the BioTechincal Institute of Maryland BioSTART to Lab 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.

Dr Bahman Vasseghi, MD

Instructor and Senior Laboratory Technician

Dr. Vasseghi is a licensed medical doctor in Iran. He migrated to the US and the desire to move toward research and away from the clinical area. He enrolled in the Laboratory Associates and completed BTI training in early 2014. He has worked at PathSensors prior to joining our staff in September 2014.

Therese Poku

Administrative Coordinator

Mrs. Poku is a graduate of the July 2014 BTI Laboratory Associates class.  She came to BTI after years in the Real Estate arena. She joined our staff in January 2015.