Reid Compton

Reid Compton

Program Director; Life Sciences


Reid Compton received his PhD in biology from the University of Virginia in 1984. He has been at the University of Maryland teaching a number of upper- and lower-level biology courses since 1997. Prior to that, he had positions as a scientific editor at the National Academy of Sciences, as a faculty member in the department of anatomy at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and as a post-doctoral research fellow at Princeton University. Compton’s research focused on the cellular and molecular regulation of animal development, specifically the relationship between cell proliferation and differentiation.

Since coming to College Park, Compton has committed entirely to undergraduate education and promoting student success. In addition to serving as the faculty director of the Life Sciences Scholars program since 2009, he is the director of undergraduate studies in biology. He was the first recipient of the Provost’s Faculty Advisor of the Year Award, was named the 2014 CMNS Creative Educator of the Year, and has been recognized as a mentor for The Celebrating Teachers Program and the Merrill Presidential Scholars Program four times. Compton is the proud father of two Terps: Bryan, a 2005 graduate in finance, and Erin, a 2008 psychology graduate and former Life Sciences Scholar.