Department of Biology


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!

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." 

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.

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!

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.

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