Muldrow earned his Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Public Policy at George Mason University in Virginia; his Master of Science degree at the University of Missouri – St. Louis; and his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology/Environmental Science from Saint Francis University in Pennsylvania. He came to Delaware by way of Baltimore, Maryland.
“After graduate school, I did a lot of work for the federal government and National Science Foundation,” he said. “But I really wanted to get back to academia. That was always my final goal.”
While looking for opportunities in the education field, he discovered that WilmU had an open position that was perfect for him. “It was such an amazing opportunity to have some influence on a department and create new programs,” he said.
Location was a big part of the position’s appeal. “Delaware is great,” said Muldrow. “Professionally, I find it’s easy to access all types of people throughout the power structure. It’s easy to make partnerships. Delaware is a state that works together, and that’s amazing to see. You don’t find that everywhere. It’s been a great place to launch a scientific career largely because of that.”
Muldrow has delivered two TEDx Talks, including one that hit the top five in the environmental science topic. He also is recording several episodes of “The Great Courses,” a series of recorded courses available on Audible and other platforms.
“I have been working on a series for synthetic biology, which includes discussions about the modern marvels of the genetics revolution, synthetic biology and space, CRISPR and gene editing, de-extinction and xenobiology, among many other topics involving synthetic biology,” he said.
Outside his academic commitments, Muldrow is married and has four children. His family enjoys sports, traveling and visiting Delaware landmarks. “We are a pretty big sports family,” he said. This includes watching sports, both on television and in person, and participating in their favorite games. Muldrow’s two oldest sons play football, and his 11-year-old is interested in running track this year in middle school. “Both watching the game and attending in person, sports is a great way to spend quality time together,” he said.
A favorite place for the Muldrow family to visit is the Delaware Museum of National History. “My kids love the see-through floor section where they can walk on top of a coral reef,” Muldrow said. “They also love the trails outside. We’ve been going there for many years, since they were very small, and it’s a great place to spend the day together as a family.”