Kevin J. Spring is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Integrative Biology and Pharmacology at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. His work has contributed to the understanding of the lipid and protein composition of cell membranes and the roles it plays in regulating cellular activity. He is active in the synthetic biology community with a role in cell-free and membrane compartmentalized synthetic systems. His postdoctoral scientific training has extended past his primary position and included an intense two week long training in synthetic biology at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York.
Prior to joining the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Kevin obtained a Ph.D. from the University of Houston Department of Biology and Biochemistry where he developed studied stochastic changes in gene copy numbers and the role natural selection plays in maintaining gene ratios. His work at the University of Houston also included investigation of the effectiveness of a parasitic organism on reducing mosquito larva populations. His work was funded from grant applications submitted by Kevin to the Environmental Institute of Houston, the Houston Coastal Center, and Sigma-Xi. He was also awarded the UH's Excellence in Research Award 4 years in a row. During his graduate school education, Kevin, supported himself chiefly as a teaching assistant, where he taught over 600 undergraduate students laboratory, microbiology, and scientific writing techniques.
Kevin received a B.S. in biology from the University of Houston-Downtown where he had the opportunity to experience and interact with a diverse student population. While in school, he spent his spare time organizing graduate and undergraduate students. He served as the Sports Coordinator and Treasurer of the BioScience Graduate Society at the University of Houston. He also helped organize the Students for Personal Safety, a campus wide advocacy and informational organization that taught self-defense courses to students as well as lobby the campus administration to provide a safer campus environment. He also organized and raised funds for a solely graduate student lead ecology and molecular evolution seminar series. He was the Vice President and Treasurer of the Environmental Club at University of Houston-Downtown, which involved the planning to start plastic bottle recycling on campus.
Kevin has been employed since he was 15 years old. He supported himself through college working the night shift as a mail clerk at the law firm Vinson & Elkins and as a photograph laboratory technician. In 2010 he started a small company that hosted, designed and maintained websites. Kevin was employed throughout his high school career as a mail clerk and computer maintenance at a small, locally owned insurance company.
Kevin is a lifelong learner and continues to advance his knowledge deeper in biology and also in law, programming, computer networking, and design. He loves meeting new people with diverse interests, opinions, and cultures. Please feel free to contact him to start a conversation.