Timothy A Garrow, PhD

Timothy A Garrow, PhD
Timothy A Garrow, PhD

Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences


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1000 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Department of Biomedical Sciences

Timothy Garrow, PhD, has a BS in Nutrition Science, an MS in Nutrition, an MS in Exercise Physiology, and a PhD in Biochemistry. In 1994, he joined the faculty in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and earned the rank of Professor in 2005. He served four years as FSHN’s Associate Head for Graduate Programs (2007-2011), and two years as FSHN's Associate Head for Undergraduate Programs (2014-2016).

While at UIUC, Dr. Garrow's research program focused on sulfur amino acid and one carbon metabolism, and in particular on the structure and function of the betaine-homocysteine S-methyltransferase (BHMT) and BHMT-2 enzymes, and the molecular biology of the bhmt gene including the effects of nutrition on bhmt gene expression. He has publications in a wide breadth of journals including the Journal of Nutrition, American Journal of Physiology, Metabolism, Biochemistry, Journal of Biological Chemistry, Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, Structure, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA), among others. At UIUC, he received college, national and international recognition as an outstanding researcher, and has presented invited lectures at national and international conferences on sulfur amino acid and one carbon metabolism, including presentations at the biennial FASEB Summer Research Conference on Folic Acid, Vitamin B12 and One Carbon Metabolism. Dr. Garrow has authored or co-authored two US patents, four book chapters, 61 original research articles, 12 serial and conference proceedings and obtained multiple grants from the National Institutes of Health and the American Heart Association.

At WMed, Dr. Garrow is the Course Director for Molecular Foundations of Medicine, and does considerable teaching in the Genetics and Metabolic Disorders course. He is the Biochemistry Discipline Director, and the Nutrition Thread co-Director. He also is the Director of the MS program in Biomedical Sciences.