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The ongoing successes enjoyed by the Graduate Program in Life Sciences (GPILS) can be attributed in great part to the work and dedication of our faculty, students, postdoctoral scholars, and staff that serve on the various GPILS committees. Committees and current membership are listed below.


The Curriculum Committee is comprised of faculty representatives from each of our seven PhD granting graduate programs and is chaired by Jeffery Winkles, PhD, Professor, Department of Surgery, CVID. This committee reviews all proposals for new courses and works to identify opportunities to refine and enhance our current course offerings.

Training Grants

Comprised of currently funded training grant PIs, administrative leadership, and faculty actively engaged in the pursuit of a funded training program, this committee works to improve the quality of training and prospective outcomes of our student and postdoctoral researchers. This committee is chaired by James B. Kaper, PhD, Chair, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine.

Student Advisory Committee

The Graduate Program in Life Sciences' Student Advisory Committee consists of representatives from each of the GPILS graduate programs.  Members advise GPILS leadership on all matters ranging from academics, career development, special events, and community service.  


The Graduate Program in Life Sciences holds an annual awards ceremony to honor the achievement of our students, postdoctoral scholars, and faculty teachers. The Awards Committee is currently chaired by Dudley Strickland, PhD, Associate Dean for Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Director of the Center for Vascular and Inflammatory Diseases, and Professor, Department of Surgery, School of Medicine.

GPILS Advisory Committee

The GPILS Advisory Committee, chaired by James Kaper, PhD, Senior-Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the School of Medicine is comprised of senior faculty and recognized leaders from within the School of Medicine, the Dental School, the School of Nursing, and the UMBC Meyerhoff Program.