The membership of the CSR reflects the breadth of the chemistry and chemical engineering disciplines and is balanced across the sectors that employ chemistry and chemical engineering, including government research funding agencies. Members of the roundtable reflect a diverse cross-section of the chemistry and chemical engineering community.
The CSR’s charter enables government representatives to serve as full members, but consequently precludes it from providing advice and recommendations. Its primary role therefore is to facilitate communication among leaders in the chemical sciences, who can in turn bring important information to the broader chemical sciences community. Typically, CSR members represent the senior chemist or chemical engineer in an organization, providing the basis for strong collaboration and cooperation among federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, professional and industry associations, universities, the chemical industry, private foundations, national laboratories, the legislature, and the executive branch.
Biographies of the current members of the CSR are below. A downloadable version is available here.
The Chemical Sciences Roundtable is proud to share this C&EN Cover Story written by our own member Allison A. Campbell: Pedaling the Power of Chemistry which details her three focus areas as President of ACS.
TINA BAHADORI, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
MICHAEL R. BERMAN, Air Force Office of Scientific Research
DONNA G. BLACKMOND, Scripps Research Institute
EMILIO BUNEL, Argonne National Laboratory
ALLISON CAMPBELL, WR Wiley Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory
RICHARD R. CAVANAGH, National Institute of Standards and Technology
MICHELLE CHANG, University of California, Berkeley
MILES FABIAN, National Institutes of Health
MICHAEL J. FULLER, Chevron Energy Technology Company
MIGUEL GARCIA-GARIBAY, University of California, Los Angeles
BRUCE GARRETT, Department of Energy
CARLOS GONZALEZ, National Institute of Standards and Technology
MALIKA JEFFRIES-EL, Boston University
JACK KAYE, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
MARY M. KIRCHHOFF, American Chemical Society
ROBERT E. MALECZKA, Jr, Michigan State University
DAVID F. MYERS, GCP Applied Technologies
ASHUTOSH RAO, Food and Drug Administration
LEAH RUBIN SHEN, Legislative Assistant/Office of Senator Chris Coons (D-DE)
ANGELA WILSON, National Science Foundation
Jennifer Sinclair Curtis is Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and Dean of the College of Engineering at University of California, Davis. She is a Fellow of AAAS, AIChE and ASEE. Professor Curtis is a recipient of a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar Award, AIChE’s Thomas-Baron Award in Fluid-Particle Systems, the AIChE’s Fluidization Lectureship Award, AIChE’s van Antwerpen Award, the American Society of Engineering Education’s Chemical Engineering Lectureship Award, the Eminent Overseas Lectureship Award by the Institution of Engineers in Australia, and ASEE’s Sharon Keillor Award for Women in Engineering, and the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award. She has served on the National Academy of Engineering’s Committee on Engineering Education and has participated in two NAE Frontiers of Research Symposia (2003 and 2008). Professor Curtis received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University (1983) and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University (1989). Prior to joining UC Davis in 2015, she was Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and Associate Dean for Research at the University of Florida. She has also served on the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University and Purdue University. At CMU she received the engineering college’s Ladd Research Award, and at Purdue she was named University Faculty Scholar.
Professor Curtis’ research focuses on the development of multiphase CFD models and discrete element method models for particulate flow. Her work has been applied to improve the design and optimization of chemical, energy, mining, pharmaceutical, and agricultural processes in which particulate processes are pervasive. Her multiphase flow models, based on first principles granular kinetic theory, have been adopted by the software package ANSYS Fluent, the largest producer of simulation software used by 96 of the 100 biggest industrial companies and over 40,000 customers. Her multiphase flow models are also included in the CFD Research Corporation’s multiphase flow CFD software package and the open-source CFD code (OpenFOAM).
Mark Jones is Executive External Strategy and Communications Fellow at Dow Chemical, a role held since September 2011. He received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry at the University of Colorado Boulder in gas-phase ion-molecule chemistry, research unlikely to lead to an industrial career. He joined Dow in 1990 and spent most of his career developing catalytic processes, working mainly in the area of oxidation catalysis and alkane activation. Fuel cells, lithium ion batteries, syngas conversion, biomass utilization, algal chemical production, technology evaluations, the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, and other projects added spice to his career. He currently reports directly to the Dow CTO where his responsibilities include implementation of Innovation Goals set as part of Dow’s ambitious 2025 Sustainability Goals, goals he had a significant hand in developing, innovation communications, and renewable chemistries. He writes for the American Chemical Society Industry Voices blog and is a frequent host of ACS Webinars, both efforts to shine a light on the great work done by industry scientists and engineers. He holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Randolph-Macon College and did a post-doc at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences.
Tina Bahadori is the National Program Director for Chemical Safety for Sustainability (CSS) at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. CSS research advances sustainable development, use and assessment of existing chemicals and emerging materials by developing and applying computational science, integrated chemical evaluation strategies, and decision-support tools. Before joining EPA in May 2012, she was the Managing Director of the Long-Range Research Initiative at the American Chemistry Council (ACC). Dr. Bahadori is a past president of the International Society of Exposure Science and was an associate editor of the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology. She has served as a member of several committees of the National Academies, including one that developed a research strategy for environmental, health, and safety aspects of engineered nanomaterials. Tina holds a doctorate in environmental science and engineering from the Harvard School of Public Health. From MIT, she holds a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering and Technology and Policy, as well as Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemical Engineering and in Humanities.
Michael R. Berman is a program manager for Molecular Dynamics and Theoretical Chemistry at the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. Dr. Berman joined AFOSR in 1991. He is a staff member of the Directorate of Chemistry and Life Sciences. He frequently participates in government review panels and advisory boards, and has been active as session chair and presenter at national and international meetings. Dr. Berman has more than two decades of experience in scientific research and management in academia, industry and government. He is the author of 35 published scientific papers and is a member of the American Chemical Society, American Physical Society and Sigma Xi.
Donna G. Blackmond (NAE) a professor of chemistry at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California. She received a PhD in chemical engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1984 and was a professor of chemical engineering at the University of Pittsburgh from 1984-1992. In 1992, she left academia for industrial research, becoming an associate director at Merck & Co., Inc., where she was responsible for the setting up of a new laboratory for research and development in the kinetics and catalysis of organic reactions. From 1996-99, Professor Blackmond was a research group leader at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany. She moved to the United Kingdom in 1999 to take up the position of professor and chair of physical chemistry at the University of Hull. She joined the faculty at Imperial College London in 2004, where she held joint professorial appointments in the departments of chemistry and chemical engineering & chemical technology as well as the chair in catalysis. Professor Blackmond received an Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award from the Organic Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society (2005), the Royal Society of Chemistry Physical Organic Chemistry Award (2009) and held a Royal Society Research Merit Award (2007-2012). In 2016 she received the Somorjai Award for Creative Research in Catalysis and the American Institute of Chemists Chemical Pioneer Award. Professor Blackmond was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2013 and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2016.
Emilio Bunel received his Ph.D. in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology in 1988. He began his professional career at DuPont Central Research as a member of the Catalysis Group. He was responsible for the discovery and subsequent development of new processes for the synthesis of Nylon intermediates required in the manufacture of Nylon-6,6 and Nylon-6. In 2001, Bunel was hired by Eli Lilly to establish the Catalysis Group within the Discovery Research Organization. This group was responsible for the preparation of organic compounds using transition metal catalyzed reactions. The molecules prepared spanned all the aspects of the pharmaceutical endeavor from early lead optimization to process development. In 2003, he became an associate director at Amgen, Inc. His work included the establishment of the Catalysis Group in support of route selection/process development efforts to manufacture active pharmaceutical ingredients for clinical testing. Most recently, Emilio was employed as the director of research at Pfizer, Inc., where he directed the Catalysis Group in support of medicinal chemistry and process development. After spending so many years in industry, Bunel decided to get back to where science is discovered and not just used. Argonne has a talented group of scientists and engineers, but with funding shifting to applied science, the division must tailor itself to that atmosphere. He also emphasized the importance of having a strong basic research program as well.
Allison Campbell is nationally recognized for her contributions toward materials development through her research in the field of biomaterials, and she is credited with co-inventing a bio-inspired process to “grow” a bioactive calcium phosphate layer, from the molecular level, onto the surfaces of artificial joint implants (total hip and knee) to extend implant life and reduce rejection. She is also recognized for her work in understanding the role of proteins in biomineralization. Dr. Campbell has authored numerous peer reviewed technical papers, been an invited speaker at national and international meetings, and has several patents based upon her research. Additionally, she is an avid promoter of science education, sharing her enthusiasm for science with young students through a number of hands-on education programs.
Richard R. Cavanagh is the Director of the Office of Special Programs at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He directly supports the NIST Director and Associate Director for Laboratory Programs by (1) coordinating and providing oversight of high-profile programs that span the mission and expertise of two or more NIST laboratories: (2) helping ensure that research supporting forensics, homeland and national security projects/programs is congruent with NIST’s research capabilities and overall programmatic priorities, (3) overseeing and enforcing NIST policy on Human and Animal Subjects Research, and (4) overseeing the development and implementation of NIST’s policies regarding Scientific Integrity and Research Misconduct.
Dr. Cavanagh has held several leadership responsibilities in addition to those at NIST. He is a Fellow of the American Vacuum Society and of the American Physical Society. He has served on the General Committee of the Physical Electronic Conference, Chaired the Gordon Research Conference on Dynamics at Surfaces, served on the Executive committee of the AVS Surface Science Division, and was a member of the Executive Committee and Governing Board of the Council for Chemical Research. He was the chairman of the Versailles Project on Advanced Materials and Standards (VAMAS) from 2011 to 2014..
Michelle Chang is an associate professor at University of California, Berkeley in the Departments of Chemistry and Molecular and Cell Biology. She received her Ph.D. from MIT in the Department of Chemistry and her postdoctoral training in the Department of Chemical & Biochemical Engineering at University of California, Berkeley. Her research group works at the interface of enzymology and synthetic biology, with a focus on studying biological fluorine chemistry, formation of mixed-valent nanomaterials by directional-sensing bacteria, and processes involved in developing synthetic biofuel pathways. She has received the Dreyfus New Faculty Award, TR35 Award, Beckman Young Investigator Award, NSF CAREER Award, Agilent Early Career Award, NIH New Innovator Award, DARPA Young Faculty Award, Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, 3M Young Faculty Award, Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award, and Pfizer Award in Enzyme Chemistry.
Miles Fabian is a program director in the Division of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biological Chemistry. Fabian manages research grants in the areas of bioorganic and medicinal chemistry, as well as institutional training grants in chemical biology. Prior to joining NIGMS, Fabian was a founding scientist at Ambit Biosciences in San Diego. He earned a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Nebraska and a Ph.D. in biophysical chemistry from the University of California, San Diego. Fabian conducted postdoctoral research at Yale University.
Michael J. Fuller is a Completions Fluids and Stimulation Advisor at Chevron. With more than 12 years’ experience in the upstream oil/gas sector, Michael works in Chevron’s Energy Technology Company (ETC) in Drilling and Completions. He holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Northwestern University (2004) and a B.S. in Business Chemistry from Northern Illinois University (1999). His current role in Chevron ETC includes applications, development, and troubleshooting of fluids and materials for productivity enhancement, acid stimulation, hydraulic fracturing, drilling and completions (including sand control). His contributions span deepwater projects, unconventionals (including shale and tight-rock), and other challenging reservoir conditions. In his former roles at Schlumberger, his accomplishments comprised development, engineering, and troubleshooting of chemical products, fluids, and materials in upstream oil and gas disciplines. Michael subsequently managed an applications-laboratory team (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) supporting the Stimulation/Sand-Control operations throughout the Middle East and Asia.
Through his career, Michael has produced multiple publications and patents in the areas of hydraulic fracturing (of both shale and conventional reservoirs); sand control applications and fluids; formation damage (and formation response to upstream fluids); productivity enhancement; and general drilling and completions applications and fluids. Michael has been a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) for more than 12 years and the American Chemical Society (ACS) for more than 15 years. He has served on committees for the 2013 SPE ATCE meeting (Well Stimulation section) and the 2017 SPE International Symposium on Oilfield Chemistry. Additionally, he has acted on the American Petroleum Institute (API) committees developing new recommended practice documents related to hydraulic fracturing (API RP 100-2 and 100-1).
Miguel Garcia-Garibay has been a Faculty member in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry since 1992. He came to UCLA after doing Postdoctoral research at Columbia University, which followed his PhD studies at the University of British Columbia, in Canada. The earlier portions of Dr. Garcia-Garibay education were completed in his native, Mexico, at the Universidad Michoacana, where he did research on natural product isolation and characterization. Dr. Garcia-Garibay was promoted to full professor in the year 2000 and he has served as Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry since 2005. Dr. Garcia-Garibay is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of the American Chemical Society and the Journal of Organic Chemistry. He has been a member of the CNSI since 2005. His current research efforts are aimed to the development of artificial molecular machinery in highly organized crystalline media, and to the development of green chemistry by taking advantage of organic reactions in molecular nanocrystals.
Bruce Garrett joined the Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES) in November 2016 as Director of the Chemical Sciences, Geosciences, and Biosciences Division. He leads an excellent team responsible for managing a broad portfolio of experimental, theoretical, and computational research to provide fundamental understanding of chemical transformations and energy flow in systems relevant to DOE missions. Dr. Garrett brings to BES almost four decades of experience in a national laboratory and private research organizations. Before joining BES he was Chief Scientist for Chemical Sciences at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). During his 27 years at PNNL he managed organizations ranging from small research groups to the Physical Sciences Division, where he had responsibilities for an organization of over 150 staff members as well as serving as the point of contact for the PNNL’s BES Chemical Sciences, Geosciences, and Biosciences programs.
Dr. Garrett received a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of California, Irvine and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. He was a postdoctoral specialist at the University of Minnesota. His expertise is in theoretical and computational chemistry with a focus on reaction rate theory and its application to gas and condensed phase chemical reactions, gas-to-particle nucleation kinetics, and mass transfer across interfaces. His research produced more than 220 publications that resulted in more than 18,000 citations. Recognition of his scientific contributions includes being named Fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Carlos Gonzalezreceived his B.S. degree in Chemistry (1981) from Universidad Simon Bolivar, Caracas, Venezuela; his M.A. in Physical Chemistry (1985) from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI; and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Wayne State University, Detroit, MI. Dr. Gonzalez was a Postdoctoral Scholar at Carnegie Melon University, Pittsburgh, PA under the mentorship of Prof. John A. Pople, 1998 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry. Dr. Gonzalez joined NIST in 1997 as a member of the Computational Chemistry Group within the Physical and Chemical Properties Division. Dr. Gonzalez was appointed to the position of Chief, Chemical and Biochemical Reference Data Division on October 1, 2008. In 2012, Dr. Gonzalez was appointed to the position of Chief, Chemical Sciences Division.
Malika Jeffries-EL is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Boston University. Prior to joining the Department of Chemistry in 2016 she was an Associate Professor at Iowa State University, most recently serving as a Martin Luther King Jr. Visiting Professor at MIT. She received BA degrees in Chemistry and Africana Studies at Wellesley College and Ph.D degrees in chemistry from The George Washington University. After spending one year at Smith College as a Mendenhall Fellow she worked as a post-doctoral fellow under the direction of Professor Richard D. McCullough at Carnegie Mellon University. In 2005 she joined the faculty in the Chemistry Department at Iowa State University and was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2012.
Her research focuses on the development of organic semiconductors–materials that combine the processing properties of polymers with the electronic properties of semiconductors. She has authored over 30 publications, received over 2000 citations and given over 80 lectures domestically and abroad. She has won numerous awards including the 3M untenured faculty award (2008), the Emerald Honors for most promising minority scientist (2008), the Lloyd Ferguson Award from the National Organization of Black Chemist and Chemical Engineers (2009), NSF CAREER award (2009), the ISU-College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Diversity Award (2011), the ACS Women Chemist Committee Rising Star award (2012) and the Iota Sigma Pi Agnes Fay Morgan Research Award . She also held the ISU Gregory L. and Kathleen C. Geoffroy Faculty Fellowship (2005-2008) and is currently a Martin Luther King Jr. Visiting Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Malika is also a dedicated volunteer and has served in several activities within the American Chemical Society including the editorial advisory board for Chemical and Engineering News, the Society Committee on Education (SocEd), the advisory board for the Women Chemist of Color Initiative, editorial advisor board for Macromolecules, Member-at-large for the Organic Division, Program co-Chair for the Polymer division and as a councilor for her local section. Additionally she is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Materials Chemistry C. She also serves the community through her work with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She is a native of Brooklyn, New York.
Jack Kaye currently serves as Associate Director for Research of the Earth Science Division (ESD) within NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD). He has been a member of the Senior Executive Service since August, 1999, managing NASA’s Earth Science Research Program. Earlier positions in his more than 28-year career at NASA include being a Space Scientist at the Goddard Space Flight Center and Manager of the Atmospheric Chemistry Modeling and Analysis Program at NASA HQ. In addition, he has held temporary acting positions as Deputy Director of ESD and Deputy Chief Scientist for Earth Science within SMD. His academic training is in chemistry (B.S. Adelphi University, 1976; Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, 1982). He also held a post-doctoral research associateship at the US Naval Research Laboratory. As Associate Director for Research, Dr. Kaye is responsible for the research and data analysis programs for Earth System Science, covering the broad spectrum of scientific disciplines that constitute it. He represents NASA in many interagency and international activities and has been an active participant in the US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) in which he has served for several years as NASA principal and Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Global Change Research (from Jan., 2009 through May, 2010 he served as the Acting Chair for these activities). He also serves as NASA’s representative to the Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology. He recently completed a six-year term as a member of the Steering Committee for the Global Climate Observing System and currently serves an ex officio member of the National Research Council’s Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability. He has received numerous NASA awards (most recently, the Outstanding Leadership Medal in 2009), as well as been recognized as a Meritorious Executive in the Senior Executive Service in 2004 and 2010, and named as a Fellow by the American Meteorological Society in 2010. He was elected to serve as co-secretary of the Atmospheric Sciences Section of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) for 1998-2000 and earlier served on the AGU Publications Committee. The AGU has recognized him on two occasions with a Citation for Excellence in Refereeing. He has published more than 50 refereed papers, contributed to numerous reports, books, and encyclopedias, and edited the book Isotope Effects in Gas-Phase Chemistry for the American Chemical Society. In addition, he has attended the Leadership for Democratic Society program at the Federal Executive Institute and the Harvard Senior Managers in Government Program a the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Mary M. Kirchhoff is Director of the American Chemical Society Education Division, which serves learners and educators by building communities and providing effective chemistry education products, services, and information. She holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of New Hampshire, a M.S. from Duquesne University, and a B.A, from Russell Sage College. In 1992, she joined the faculty at Trinity College in Washington, DC, where she served as Chair of the Division of Natural Science and Mathematics. She began working in green chemistry as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Environmental Fellow and Visiting Scientist with the U.S. EPA’s green chemistry program. Mary joined the American Chemical Society in 2001, serving as Assistant Director of the ACS Green Chemistry Institute for three years before moving to the Education Division. She served on the National Academies’ Committee on Communicating Chemistry in Informal Settings. Mary was elected an AAAS Fellow in 2006.
Robert E. Maleczka, Jr. is a Professor of Chemistry at Michigan State University. He received a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Illinois, and then spent three years in the anti-infective discovery group at Abbott Laboratories, before undertaking graduate studies at the Ohio State University. He earned his Ph.D. under the direction of Leo Paquette and then moved to the University of Pennsylvania as an American Cancer Society post-doctoral fellow in the laboratories of Amos Smith. In 1995, he began his independent career at MSU as an assistant professor. He moved up the ranks, being promoted to associate professor in 2001, full professor in 2006, and being named Department Chair in 2010. The Maleczka group’s research interests include the invention of “green” reactions for organic synthesis and the total synthesis of natural products. Honors bestowed on Professor Maleczka include being named an American Chemical Society Fellow, the Merck Technology Collaboration Award, the EPA’s 2008 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award, the Astellas USA Foundation Faculty Award, the Novartis Lecturer title at Yale University, and Mentor of the Year award from the MSU Chapter of the National Society for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE). In 2006, Professor Maleczka and his collaborator Professor Milton “Mitch” Smith co-founded BoroPharm, Inc. a Michigan-based company dedicated to the preparation and commercialization of novel building blocks for pharmaceutical syntheses. Professor Maleczka is an active member of the profession. Among his service and outreach roles, he has served as a Diversity Scholar in the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning, as an invited participant ACS/EPA Green Chemistry Market Roundtable and White House Forum, as a member and Chair of the ACS Award for Affordable Green Chemistry Selection Committee, as an elected member of the Executive Committee of the ACS Division of Organic Chemistry, and was recently named to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Chemical Sciences Roundtable (CSR).
David F. Myers is the Vice President of Product Development and Technical Support for the Specialty Construction Chemicals business of GCP Applied Technologies (a recent spinoff of W. R. Grace & Co). Dr. Myers rejoined Grace in 2014 after spending 10 years at RTI International, first as Vice President of the Engineering and Technology Unit and later as the VP and CTO of the Discovery-Science-Technology business. His career began with 16 years in several R&D roles at Grace.
Dr. Myers has BS and MS degrees in Chemical Engineering from MIT and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University. He is a member of the American Chemical Society and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, has served as a member of the Governor’s Task Force on Nanotechnology and North Carolina’s Economy, and is a former member of the Cleaner Fossil Fuel Systems Committee of the World Energy Council. Dr. Myers is a founder of the Research Triangle Energy Consortium and has served as an observer to the Board of Directors at three technology start-ups; Avantium Technologies, Nextreme Thermal Solutions, and siXis Inc. He has served on the board of the US Department of Energy National Advanced Biofuels Consortium and the Energy Frontier Research Center on Solar Fuels and Next Generation Photovoltaics at the University of North Carolina. Currently, he is a member of the Awards Committee of the AIChE and the Board of Visitors of the D’Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University. Dr. Myers holds more than 20 US patents related to technology for portland cement, oil well cementing, and concrete technology.
Ashutosh Rao is the Chief of the Laboratory of Applied Biochemistry, and a Supervisory Drug Quality Reviewer in the Division of Biotechnology Review and Research Ill at COER/ FDA. Dr. Rao received his Ph.D. in molecular pharmacology from the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. Prior to joining the FDA in 2006, Dr. Rao completed post-doctoral fellowships in biochemistry and molecular pharmacology at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, MD. Dr. Rao is currently responsible for the regulation of therapeutic proteins such as enzymes, monoclonal antibodies, and cytokines, and serves as an expert reviewer for biomarkers related to oncology or neuromuscular indications. He also serves on FDA working groups to develop regulatory policy on the development and validation of analytical methods during manufacture, novel excipients, reference standards, and on surrogate markers for accelerated approval. Dr. Rao also directs a laboratory research program that investigates the structure-activity relationship between protein oxidation and drug quality, safety and efficacy. He has authored several peer-reviewed research articles and FDA regulatory policy guidances, and serves on the editorial board for Cancer Research. Dr. Rao has been recognized by awards from the American Association for Cancer Research, Food and Drug Administration, and the National Institutes of Health.
Leah K. Rubin Shen is a legislative assistant for Senator Chris Coons (D-DE), covering environment, agriculture, transportation and infrastructure policy. She previously covered energy, environment, and science and technology policy for Senator Coons as a AAAS Congressional Science Fellow sponsored by the American Chemical Society. She received her Ph.D. in electrochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley in 2015, where she studied new materials for proton-exchange membrane fuel cells and was involved in research, teaching, and consulting activities through the Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry. Prior to her graduate studies, she taught science as a Peace Corps volunteer in Namibia and worked in concrete admixture R&D for BASF Construction Chemicals. She holds a B.A. from Case Western Reserve University in chemistry and music (voice performance) and is originally from Santa Cruz, CA.
Angela Wilson joined MPS in March 2016 as the Director of the Division of Chemistry at the National Science Foundation. She came from her new position as the John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor of Physical, Theoretical, and Computational Chemistry at Michigan State University. Prior to MSU, Dr. Wilson was the Regents Professor of Chemistry at the University of North Texas. Her Ph.D. in Chemical Physics is from the University of Minnesota. In addition to publishing extensively on theoretical chemistry and receiving many awards and honors, Dr. Wilson has also done coursework in an MBA program.