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January 2018 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.
Senior Advisor to the Provost
   For Academic Development, Diversity and
Brown University
Providence, RI 02912

Carmen W. Dessauer, Ph.D.
Department of Integrative Biology and
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.
Department of Zoology and Physiology
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

Tarun Kapoor, Ph.D. *
Pels Family Professor
Selma and Lawrence Ruben Laboratory of   
    Chemistry and Cell Biology
The Rockefeller University
New York, NY 10065

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

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

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

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

Michael Summers, Ph.D. *
Distinguished University Professor
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Robert E. Meyerhoff Chair for Excellence in Research and Mentoring
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Baltimore, MD 21250

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

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



Ad Hoc Participants

Demet Araç-Ozkan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular
Gordon Center for Integrative Science
University of Chicago
Chicago, IL 60637
Celeste Berg, Ph.D.
Department of Genome Sciences
     and Molecular and Cellular Biology Program
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195

Matthew Torres, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Co-Director Systems Mass Spectrometry Facility
School of Biological Sciences
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA 30332

Claire Walczak, Ph.D.
Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Assistant Director of Research
Medical Sciences Program
Indiana University School of Medicine
Indiana University – Bloomington
Bloomington, IN 47405

John Younger, M.D., M.S.
Chief Technology Officer
Akadeum Life Sciences, Inc.
Ann Arbor, MI 48103


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

Eric Hargan, J.D. *
Acting Secretary
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

This page last reviewed on January 11, 2018