Dr. Max Arella
Dr. Max Arella has over 30 years experience in academic research, scientific consultation and start-up technological companies with expertise in international affairs for the development and implementation of projects in advanced technology.
Dr. William Black
Dr. Black is Professor in the Dept of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology of Colorado State University. His Arthropod-borne and Infectious Diseases Laboratory works on the mosquito Aedes aegypti, the primary vector to humans of the virus that causes dengue fever, yellow fever and chikungunya. This includes trying to identify the genes that determine why one population is susceptible to infection while other populations are resistant. As there are currently no vaccines to prevent dengue viruses and no drugs to treat it, the goal has been to identify genes in Ae. aegypti that enable it to survive insecticides. This will help public health workers to identify which insecticides to use in the event of a dengue fever, yellow fever or chikungunya outbreak.
Dr. David Kerr
Dr. David Kerr is an Intellectual property lawyer partner at Berg Hill Greenleaf Ruscitti, LLP with a joint JD/MBA and graduate degrees in the molecular biosciences. David helps secure and enforce intellectual property rights in countries throughout the world. David specializes in intellectual property litigation, including both enforcement and defense of traditional intellectual property rights such as patent, trademark and copyrights, as well as unfair competition, misappropriation and trade secret matters. He also provides strategic business guidance to emerging bio-technology companies.
Dr. Norman G. Lewis
Norman G. Lewis, Regents Professor, Washington State University, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and other learned societies. His internationally recognized successful academic and industrial expertise spans more than 50 years in chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, and genetic engineering. He has published in excess of 250 papers, with an h-index over 50. Professor Lewis’ research program has largely been supported by US and Canadian federal agencies, including DOE, NASA, NSF, NIH, USDA and NSERC, as well as by various companies and foundations. He has also served his profession in various senior editorial positions ( e.g. Phytochemistry), as well as Director of the Institute of Biological Chemistry at WSU, and in other leadership roles in numerous scientific societies for a period spanning 25 years or so.
Dr. Hector Quemada
Dr. Hector Quemada is the Director of Biosafety Resource Network at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. Hector is an independent consultant for the Gates Foundation and Monsanto. Hector is an expert in regulatory affairs and sits on Little Fly Lab’s Scientific Advisory Board.
Dr. Amanda Simcox
Dr. Amanda Simcox is the Professor for the Department of Molecular Genetics at Ohio State University, where she studies EGF receptor signaling in the early wing disc to decipher the complete gene regulatory network that operates in this short period of time to specify the adult wing and body wall of the thorax. The finding that these conserved signaling pathways are operating leads to an expectation that the circuit in the wing will be used in other tissues and animals. Amanda sits on Little Fly Lab’s Scientific Advisory Board.