PathSensors Scientific Advisory Board

Dr. Andrew Flannery, Ph.D. – Board Chairman
Dr. Flannery is responsible for overseeing biosensor production, quality control, and developing new biosensor lines. As the project director for several grants and contracts, Dr. Flannery also manages the scientific team for new product development. Since joining PathSensors in 2014, he has developed new biosensors to detect Campylobacter, Ebola viruses, and Abrin. Dr. Flannery serves as Director of New Product Development, Biosafety Officer and as Chair of the Company's Scientific Advisory Board. Before Joining PathSensors, Inc., Dr. Flannery was a research assistant professor at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he discovered and characterized key components of the iron acquisition pathway in the human parasite, Leishmania. He is a member of The American Phytopathological Society, The American Society for Microbiology, and The American Society of Cell Biology. Dr. Flannery received his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University’s School of Medicine, in the Department of Microbial Pathogenesis.

Dr. Beth Carroll, Ph.D.
Dr. Carroll has most recently served as Senior Stewardship Manager at Syngenta. Prior to that she was manager Food Quality and IPM initiative at Novartis Crop Protection and Manager, Study Resource at CIBA Crop Protection / Novartis Crop Protection. Dr. Carroll has a deep experience base in agricultural production, EPA and USDA regulations, and agricultural policy especially in relation to interpretation of pesticide policy, risk assessments, and regulations with potential to affect growers, packers & processors. Specialties include Plant Pathology; Horticultural Science & Food Microbiology; Agricultural Regulations & Policy. Dr. Carroll is an alumni of North Carolina State University where she earned a Bachelors degree in Horticultural Science, Masters degree in Food Sciences and a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology.

Mr. Donald Grim
Mr. Grim has 30+ years of experience in quality assurance/food safety for the food services and manufacturing industries. He was formerly the Vice President of Quality Assurance and Food Safety for Marriott International (more than 3,000 food service locations worldwide) and developed a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) plan that has been implemented in 7,500 properties. Mr. Grim oversaw the activities of 25+ outside food safety auditors and over 1,000 third party audits annually. He was also former Vice President of Quality Assurance and Food Safety for Avendra, LLC (a $3 billion procurement company), and served in executive QA and food safety positions for Morton Frozen Foods, Hanover Brands, and a national provider of frozen egg and egg products. Currently Mr. Grim owns his own consulting business and is Senior Consultant for Seneca Corporation, a software company dedicated to crisis management.

Dr. Jacqueline Fletcher, Ph.D.
Dr. Fletcher is a 32 year member of the faculty of the Oklahoma State University Department of Plant Pathology, where she most recently held the title of Sarkeys Distinguished Professor. Dr. Fletcher’s team at OSU is recognized internationally for their work on the molecular biology, genetics, and hostK pathogen interactions of plant pathogenic bacteria known as phytoplasmas. Dr. Fletcher is also the director of the National Institute of Microbial Forensics and Food and Agricultural Biosecurity (NIMFFAB) and has served on the American Phytopathological Society Council for 10 years, including four years as president. Dr. Fletcher holds a BS in Biology from Emory University, an MS in Botany from the University of Montana, Missoula, and a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from Texas A&M University.

Dr. Gregory Lamka, Ph.D.
Dr. Lamka has 22 years at Dupont Pioneer Hi-Bred International. During that time he held positions including Global Seed Treatment Strategy Manager, Global Phytosanitary Regulatory Manager, and Global Quality Assurance Manager. Dr. Lamka has been recognized for his efforts through the DuPont Engineering Excellence Award, ASTA President’s Distinguished Service Award, Iowa Seed Association Distinguished Service Award, and the American Phytopathological Society’s Excellence in Industry Award.

Dr. Florian Krammer
Dr. Krammer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology at The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital. The Krammer laboratory studies cross-reactive antibody responses to the surface glycoproteins of antigenically variable RNA viruses. Our main focus is on influenza viruses, but we are also interested in antibody responses to hantaviruses, filoviruses, and other emerging RNA viruses. Work done in the laboratory includes the expression and characterization of viral glycoproteins, generation of glycoprotein-directed monoclonal antibodies, and the characterization of the interaction between antibodies and surface glycoproteins; we are specifically interested in analyzing conserved epitopes and – through detailed studies – aim to elucidate the mechanisms by which these antibodies protect the host from viral infection and disease. The final goal is to translate these findings into novel vaccines and therapeutics.

Dr. Paul Silber, Ph.D. – Adjunct SAB member and member of the PathSensors Board of Directors
Dr. Silber was the former President/CEO and founder of In Vitro Technologies, Inc. (IVT), a bioscience company that provides products and services to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Dr. Silber currently Chairs the GBTC Biotech Roundtable. In addition, he serves on the boards of the Biotechnical Institute of Maryland, the TechCenter at UMBC Business Advisory Board, and the Dean’s advisory board of the UMBC College of Natural Sciences. He is also on the Leadership team of the Open Society Institute and an active mentor of other local entrepreneurs and is a member of the Chesapeake Emerging Opportunity (Angel) Fund and a founding member of BLU Venture Investors. Dr. Silber has an undergraduate degree in Biology (Carleton College), a Master's degree in Public Health (Univ. Alabama) and a Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology (Univ. Arizona). He is the holder of two patents and the recipient of various business awards and recognition awards from the State of Maryland.

Dr. Li Maria Ma, Ph.D.
Dr. Li Maria Ma is an Associate Professor in food safety and biosecurity at the National Institute for Microbial Forensics & Food and Agricultural Biosecurity (NIMFFAB) at Oklahoma State University (OSU). She received her B. S. in Food Engineering from Dalian Polytechnic University, P. R. China, and Ph. D. in Food Microbiology from Purdue University. Dr. Ma has over 20 years of working experience with a variety of foodborne pathogens including Shiga toxin-producing E. coli, Salmonella, Shigella, Listeria monocytogenes, Campylobacter jejuni, and Clostridium botulinum. Her current research areas include the development of rapid molecular detection and DNA fingerprinting methods for foodborne pathogens, ecological studies of foodborne pathogens in plant/animal environments through conventional and metagenomic & meta-transcriptomic approaches, and development of novel control measures against foodborne pathogen contamination of foods. She has published over 30 peer-reviewed scientific articles and holds 3 U. S. patents. Dr. Ma currently also serves as the president for the Oklahoma Association for Food Protection (OKAFP), an affiliate of the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP).