September 2019 Council Roster


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


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

Celeste Berg, Ph.D.
Department of Genome Sciences and Molecular
  and Cellular Biology Program
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195

Squire J. Booker, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry
Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Eberly Family Distinguished Chair in Science
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802

Goldie Byrd, Ph.D.
Professor and Director
Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity
Wake Forest School of Medicine
Winston Salem, NC 27101

Enrique M. De La Cruz, Ph.D.
Department of Molecular Biophysics
  and Biochemistry
Yale University
New Haven, CT 06520

Peter J. Espenshade, Ph.D.
Department of Cell Biology
Executive Director
Center for Innovation in Graduate
  Biomedical Education
Associate Dean for Graduate Biomedical Education
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD

William Gern, Ph.D.
Emeritus Professor
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. *
Professor of Plant and Microbial Biology
Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720

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

Sean Seymore, Ph.D., J.D. 
New York Alumni Chancellor’s Professor of Law
Professor of Chemistry
Vanderbilt Law School
Nashville, TN 37203

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

Cathy Wu, Ph.D.
Unidel Edward G. Jefferson Chair in Engineering
  and Computer Science
Departments of Computer and Information
  Sciences and Biological Sciences
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19711

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

Ad Hoc Participants

Olivia Rissland, D.Phil.
Assistant Professor
Department of Biochemistry
   and Molecular Genetics
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Aurora, CO 80045

Sara Van Driest, M.D., Ph.D
Associate Professor
Department of Pediatrics
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Nashville, TN 37232

Executive Secretary

Erica Brown, Ph.D.
Acting Associate Director for Extramural Activities
National Institute of General Medical Sciences
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD 20892

Ex-Officio Members

Alex Azar, J.D. *
The U.S. Department of Health Human Services
Washington, DC 20201

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

Ronald M. Przygodzki, M.D. 
Genomic Medicine Implementation
Associate Director, Genomic Medicine Program
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Veterans Health Administration
Washington, DC 20420

* Unable to attend