Our Staff

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 BTI in June 2001, Ms. Weiss was the Assistant Director of the Greater Baltimore Technology Council. The Council’s mission is to strengthen the technology community in Greater Baltimore through programs, events and activities designed to bring entrepreneurs and resources together, with the goal of building a more robust business climate.

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 25 years of experience in leadership and management of both for-profit and non-profit organizations, Ms. Weiss serves as the Executive Director of BTI.

Timothy Fawcett, Ph.D. – Scientific Director

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. In addition, he consults in the industry.

As Director at BTI, Dr. Fawcett leads BTI’s Workshop Program and assists with curriculum development.

Wayne Butscher, Ph.D. – Director of the BioSTART to Laboratory 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. Now at BTI, Dr. Butscher teaches in the Laboratory Associates Program, and performs administrative duties.

Therese Poku – Administrative Coordinator

Ms. Poku is a graduate of the September 2014 class.  She brings a wealth of prior experience and empathy to this role.  Her role controls and maintains many of the documental and organizational needs of the program.

CNN Visit....

CNN visits BTI's classroom laboratories in Baltimore, Maryland in their report highlighting job training programs which provide new career opportunities and better earning potential for minorities.

The BTI Story....

The BTI Laboratory Associates Program provides tuition-free training in basic laboratory skills to bright, ambitious, unemployed and under-employed Maryland residents.

BTI Success....

BioTechnical Institute of Maryland graduate Ervin Griffin shares how BTI helped him rediscover his passion for science and learning, and the positive changes the program made in his life.