Welcome to GABS!

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, April 17
4:00 PM
in BS 011

Earth Day Painting Event

Let’s celebrate Earth Day in a colorful and creative way!

Bring your artistic spirit, and we’ll bring the painting supplies and pizza.

Whether you’re an experienced artist or just love to dabble in colors, there’s a mini magnetic canvas waiting for your touch.


What is GABS?

The Graduate Association of Biological Sciences (GABS) is a Graduate Student Organization (GSO) that promotes research and career advancement for training biologists at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Our goals are to:

  • Provide a symposium for graduate students to share their work
  • Award travel grants for professional conferences
  • Address the concerns and issues of graduate students within the department

This group is open to all graduate students within the Department of Biological Sciences at UMBC.



Spring 2024 Research Symposium

FRIDAY, MARCH 15 in UC 310/312

Keynote Speakers:

Laura Duvall, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, Columbia University

“Neuropeptide regulation of mosquito attraction to humans”

Richard Huganir, Ph.D.

Professor of Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins Medicine

“Regulation of neurotransmitter receptors in health and disease”




Fall 2023 Career Panel


Gretchen Hubbard

Workplace: Caris Life Sciences

Job Title: Senior Director,
Molecular Science Liaisons

Scientific leader, communicator, and educator in precision oncology.

Education: UMBC

Ph.D., Cell and Molecular Biology

Justine Yu

Workplace: Amgen

Job Title: Senior Manager,
R&D Communications

Develops communication strategies to support R&D business objectives and tell the science narrative.

Education: UMBC

Ph.D., Molecular Medicine

Melanie Stegman

Workplace: Molecular Jig Games

Job Title: Owner, Game Developer and Scientist

Creates simulation games to teach molecular science, such as Immune Defense.

Education: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Ph.D., Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology

Christopher Potter

Workplace: Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Job Title: Associate Professor

Associate professor of neuroscience and co-director of the neuroscience training program.

Education: Yale University

Ph.D., Genetics

Darren Dasburg

Workplace: Clarus Biologics, Inc.

Job Title: CEO and Biotech Entrepreneur

Specialties: Technical Operations, Biotechnology, Cell and Gene Therapies, start up leadership, engineering, and manufacturing.

Education: Colorado State

B.S., Mechanical Engineering and Energy Conversion

Dule University, MBA