Department of Biology


Ivy McClellan
2011 - Alumni

"I want to thank ALL of the biology staff for preparing me so well for graduate school.  I have at least 10 presentations this semester and, talking to other students, many of them feel their undergrad education did not prepare them well for this at all.  Also, I have NUMEROUS primary critiques due this semester and again, the students around me seem to be doing this for the first time.  After talking with the other first years in my field, I want to thank all of you for building such a wonderful, comprehensive program that prepared me so well.  I have all of my syllabi and nothing coming up has blindsided me thanks to being part of the UMHB biology department.  There will never be enough words to thank you all for the experiences you provided that so solidly prepared me to excel in graduate school."

Simon Montelongo
2011 - Alumni

"I wanted to let you know that I got accepted to the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM) here in Fort Worth.  I want to thank you for all your support and time you took to write me recommendation letters.  You have always inspired me to be a better person and scholar, and this I have in my heart." 

Zayde Radwan, M.D.
2009 - Alumni

UMHB was a great platform to launch my career from. The Biology Department was essential in preparing me for medical school. I felt as prepared, if not more prepared, then most of my classmates from Ivy League schools and other colleges around the country. By having the unique experience of being able to work one on one with the faculty at UMHB, I was able to design research projects with them and learn the process from the ground up.  This skill helped me publish many research papers during medical school and is still helping me with my current projects. UMHB set me up to succeed in medical school, which in turn helped me reach my goal of becoming an Orthopaedic Surgeon. Thank you all for your help, advice, encouragement, good times, and dedication to teaching! You all have played a key role in my development and life! GO CRU!

Kathryn McMillan
2016 - Alumni

I am working at UT Southwestern in their Center for Mineral Metabolism and Clinical Research on a study of α-Klotho and chronic kidney disease. I work under Dr. Hu, who is one the leading researchers in α-Klotho. 

Working in the Cell Biology lab definitely prepared me for this job. Because I already had learned so much background information and mastered so many basic lab skills, I could really just focus on learning how to run immunohistochemistry here. I would say the most helpful classes I took at UMHB for this job were Cell Biology, Immunology, Survey of Contemporary Biological Research, Developmental Biology, and Genetics. Thank you for everything you've done to help me get here. It's exciting research, and I really do like working here!

Jessica Gordon
2017 - Alumni

I am so excited to begin this new chapter of my life and I owe so much to the professors here at UMHB for helping me each step of the way. I know I've already said this to you multiple times, but I do really want to thank you one final time. This school and the Biology department mean so much to me and I hope to make both proud as I go out on my own!

I'll be attending Edward Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine at their Auburn Campus. This DO school originated in Virginia, but Auburn is its third branch (they have another in South Carolina as well). They have a strong focus on rural practices and medical missions which is two aspects I'd love to one day be involved with.

Javier Aguilar-Moran
2016 - Alumni

I want to thank all the personnel in the Biology department for all the dedication and time devoted to their students.  During my years at UMHB, I noticed the hard work and hours spent by the professors of this department to prepare classes for their students.  I am very grateful for the knowledge and the education I received from UMHB's Biology department.  I truly believe that what I learned has helped me in my personal and professional careers.  

I was accepted into the Physician Assistant Program at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston.  I will always remember UMHB and the professors of the Biology department; they will forever be known as the key foundations of my career and the place where I learned to become a better and more mindful person. The knowledge I acquired during your classes have helped me to better understand the pathological processes concerning most medical diseases; this in turn has made my PA school easier. Thanks again to all of you for your hard work and dedication in helping me in achieving my dreams.

Jade Blair
Spring 2013 - Alumni

As I begin the second year of my journey to earn a DDS at the UT School of Dentistry at Houston, I can’t help but feel overwhelmed with gratitude for the biology department at UMHB. When I say I couldn’t have done it without them, I mean it – both getting into dental school, and begin successful thus far. Much of the course work in dental school has proved to be a review of sorts of the material learned in undergrad. For example, we’ve had various lectures on developmental biology, cell biology, microbiology and immunology. While numerous classmates have not been exposed to one or more of these, I’ve been a step ahead with background knowledge in each of them. It has made a world of difference for my learning and I can better understand how each is involved specifically in dentistry. The UMHB biology department not only provided knowledge, but with the various labs and research presentations, they helped to refine my time management and critical thinking skills, both of which are essential in dental school (or any post grad program for that matter). As an added bonus to the top-notch education, the relationships I built with the professors are ones I will treasure forever. I couldn’t dream of a more compassionate, encouraging group of professors to learn from, they are truly a joy. A big thank you from the very bottom of my heart to each of the biology professors. You are truly a blessing!

Sarah Zachary
Spring 2013 - Alumni

My journey to UMHB started in high school when I realized my passion for the sciences and caring for others would be best applied in a career in medicine, more specifically as a Physician Assistant. During many hours of researching undergraduate biology programs, the quality and character of UMHB's curriculum stood above the rest. My expectations were surpassed as I participated in the program! The biology faculty challenged me to greater levels than I knew were possible. The mentorship, interview practice, and research opportunities provided through the biology faculty enabled me to be well-prepared for PA school. When it came time to apply, I was overwhelmed by the positive response from all of the PA schools I applied to. I never would have dreamed I would be training at Baylor College of Medicine in the largest medical center in the world. I owe so much to UMHB for their dedication to student success and development. Thank you for helping to make my goals a reality!

Departmental Contact: Dr. Kathleen Wood (
Address:  900 College Street, UMHB Station Box 8432, Belton, TX 76513
Phone: (254) 295-4214