Dr. T. Scott Pinkerton received his PhD in 2004 after working in a collaborative project between Dr. Jim Wild’s lab at TAMU and a local biotech company in College Station. Scott then went on to a post-doctoral research molecular biologist position with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service at the National Center for Agriculture Utilization Research (NCAUR) in Peoria, IL. At NCAUR he worked on the development of plant derived selectable marker systems. In 2009 Scott moved into a faculty position in the Biology Department at Bellevue University (BU) in Bellevue, NE. Bellevue University is a private, open enrollment, primarily undergraduate teaching institution. In 2015 he became Program Director (the equivalent of a Department Head) for the Biology program at BU and in 2016 oversaw a $3 million renovation and upgrade of the BU lab facilities. Along with the physical renovation of the lab spaces he oversaw the revision of the Biology curriculum to include inquiry and research based undergraduate coursework. Scott was also elected to two terms as a faculty senator at BU and served five consecutive terms as president of the BU faculty senate between 2011 and 2016. He is currently helping to plan and will oversee an approximately $1 million dollar outdoor/indoor biology and sustainability teaching space that will include a greenhouse, native plant garden spaces, and biofuel research area.
Dr. Pinkerton’s advice to current grad students:
“Always keep their eyes and ears open for opportunities to collaborate. Sometimes the most interesting and innovative collaborations come from the most unexpected places.”