Dr. Cummings received his undergraduate degree from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Chemistry and Medical Technology, and completed his Masters and Doctoral degrees in Infectious Disease and Microbiology from the University Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, studying virology and immunology. Subsequently, he completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in molecular biology and cell biology at the Wistar Institute & the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Following completion of his fellowship and before joining Johns Hopkins University’s Biotechnology Program, Dr. Cummings was a faculty member at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore.
At Johns Hopkins, Dr. Cummings was the founding Director of the Center for Biotechnology Education, which he retired from in 2017 after 18 years. He was the Past President of the Maryland Branch of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and served on the editorial board of the ASM Microbe Library Visual Resources Collection.
Dr. Cummings has taught the following courses during his career: Principles of Immunology, Recombinant DNA Laboratory, Biodefense and Infectious Disease Laboratory Methods, Immunological Techniques in Biotechnology, Bioprocessing and Scale-up Laboratory, Emerging Infectious Diseases, Emerging Coronaviruses, Emerging Viruses, and Cell Culture Techniques. Dr. Cummings has taught online science courses for over 20 years as part of Johns Hopkins University and the National Institutes of Health, Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences.