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January 2017 Council Roster


Jon R. Lorsch, Ph.D.
National Institute of General Medical Sciences
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD 20892


Goldie Byrd, Ph.D.
Nathan F. Simms Endowed Professor
Department of Biology
Director, Center for Outreach in Alzheimer's
Aging and Community Health
North Carolina A&T State University
Greensboro, NC 27405

Liza D. Cariaga-Lo, Ed.D.
Vice President for Academic Development, Diversity and Inclusion
Brown University
Providence, RI 02912

Carmen W. Dessauer, Ph.D.
Department of Integrative Biology and Pharmacology
University of Texas Health Science Center
Houston, TX 77030

Samuel H. Gellman, Ph.D.
Ralph F. Hirschmann Professor of Chemistry
Department of Chemistry
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI 53706-1396

William Gern, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research
Research and Economic Development Office
University of Wyoming
Laramie, WY 82071

Kaye Husbands Fealing, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
School of Public Policy
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA 30318

Larry Overman, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor
Department of Chemistry
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697

Mark Peifer, Ph.D.
Hooker Distinguished Professor
Department of Biology
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599

Sean Seymore, Ph.D., J.D.
Professor of Law
Professor of Chemistry
Vanderbilt Law School
Nashville, TN 37203

Janet L. Smith, Ph.D.
Margaret J. Hunter Collegiate Professor 
   in the Life Sciences
Professor of Biological Chemistry
Life Sciences Institute
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Willem (Wilfred) A. van der Donk, Ph.D.
Richard E. Heckert Endowed Chair
   in Chemistry
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL 61801

Ad Hoc Participants

Darrin Akins, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Research
College of Medicine
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Oklahoma City, OK 73104

Matthew Bennett, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Biosciences
Rice University
Houston, TX 77005-1892


Sevinc Ercan, Ph.D
Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
New York University
New York, NY 10003-6688

Elizabeth Kovacs, Ph.D.
Director, Burn Research
Department of Surgery
University of Colorado Denver
Anschutz Medical Campus
Aurora, CO 80045

Sabeeha Merchant, Ph.D.
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Director, Institute of Genomics and Proteomics
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1569

Guy Padbury, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President
Preclinical Development
Merck Research Laboratories
West Point, PA 19486-0004

Cathy Wu, Ph.D., Ph.D.
Edward G. Jefferson Chair of Bioinformatics
   and Computational Biology
Department of Computer & Information Sciences
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19711-5449

Executive Secretary

Ann A. Hagan, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Extramural Activities
National Institute of General Medical Sciences
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD 20892

Ex-Officio Members

Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.*
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD 20892-0148

The Honorable Sylvia Burwell*

Department of Health and Human Services
Washington, DC 20201

Ronald M. Przygodzki, M.D.
Acting Director
Biomedical Laboratory Research
   and Development
Associate Director
Genomic Medicine Program
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Veterans Health Administration
Washington, DC 20420

*Unable to attend

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