The University of Washington Bothell has named Dr. Guy Hamilton as director for the new Center for Biotechnology Innovation & Training, effective Sept. 5, 2023.
Hamilton is currently the executive dean of Workforce & STEM at Shoreline Community College, where he helped develop biotech programming for high school and post-baccalaureate students in collaboration with regional biotech companies. He also has played a leadership role on collegewide initiatives there, including serving as chair of the Faculty Senate, chair of the Strategic Planning and Budget Committee and interim vice president for instruction.
“I am honored to join UW Bothell as the first director of CBIT,” Hamilton said. “The Puget Sound region is currently experiencing a rapid expansion in the biotechnology sector unlike any time in the past 25 years. A significant portion of this expansion is focused in the Bothell/Canyon Park/Redmond area with companies such as AGC Biologics, Bristol Myers Squibb, Just EvoTec and Seagen, creating a tremendous opportunity for UW Bothell and CBIT to become a hub for research and workforce development programs that support the needs of the industry.
“I can’t wait to work with the faculty and staff at UW Bothell to develop transformative educational pathways that create opportunities for our students in Biotechnology.”
Hamilton received his Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from Indiana University and his doctorate in Biology from the University of Oregon. He was a post-doctoral scholar at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle. He is the principal investigator for a National Science Foundation Advanced Technical Education grant to create a national resource center to support the development of immunotherapy workforce training programs and is a national leadership team member for the NSF’s InnovATEBIO program.
“I’m thrilled that Guy will be shaping the direction of CBIT,” said Dr. Leslie Cornick, dean of UW Bothell’s School of STEM. “He has spent more than 20 years designing workforce training programs in the Puget Sound region, including developing diversity, equity and inclusion strategies to recruit students — and then providing wraparound services to ensure their success.
“I’m confident that under his leadership, CBIT will provide our students with the education and training they need to build biotechnology skillsets required by regional and national industries.”
I’m confident that under his leadership, CBIT will provide our students with the education and training they need to build biotechnology skillsets required by regional and national industries.Dr. Leslie Cornick, dean of UW Bothell’s School of STEM