Work that matters

No global movement springs from individuals. It takes an entire team united by a common purpose.

Meet Our Team

Our global team – including our staff, advisors and affiliated scientists – are integral to our success.

Management

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Nathan Wolfe

CEO and Founder

 MA, Biological Anthropology DSc, Immunology and Infectious Disease

Dr. Nathan Wolfe is the Lorry I. Lokey Business Wire Consulting Professor in Human Biology at Stanford University. He is the Founder and CEO of Metabiota, a company that specializes in microbiological research, products and services, and the Chairman of Global Viral, a non-profit that promotes understanding, exploration and stewardship of the microbial world. Dr. Wolfe received his doctorate in Immunology & Infectious Diseases from Harvard in 1998. He has received numerous awards including a Fulbright fellowship and the NIH Director’s Pioneer Award and was named a National Geographic Emerging Explorer in 2009 and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader in 2010. Dr. Wolfe has over eight years of experience living and conducting biomedical research in Southeast Asia (Malaysia) and sub-Saharan Africa (Cameroon and Uganda), and he currently coordinates activities of over 50 scientists and staff in countries around the world. He has received support totaling over $60m in grants and contracts from Google.org, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the US Department of Defense among others. He has over 80 scientific publications, and his critically acclaimed book, The Viral Storm, has been published in six languages and was shortlisted in 2012 for the Royal Society’s Winton Prize.

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Robert Mann

President & COO

Mr. Robert Mann has extensive experience leading and managing operations of top-tier healthcare and medical device companies, as well as implementing approaches to improve the standard of global health care. 

As President and COO of Metabiota Inc., Mr. Mann forwards the company’s mission to mitigate threats from, and create harmony with, the microbial world through the development of international medical diplomacy programs and partnerships between government, military and public health systems, academic institutions, NGOs and health related products for the private sector. 

Prior to joining Metabiota Inc., Mr. Mann served as President of Lumenis Americas, the largest medical laser company in the world. During his tenure at Lumenis, Mr. Mann led the global dermatology practice and established a new standard of care for the treatment of traumatic injuries to the skin. Prior to Lumenis, Mr. Mann served as Group Vice President at Laserscope, acquired by American Medical Systems in 2006.

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Jim Pitkow

CTO

Jim is an entrepreneur and scientist.  As an entrepreneur, he has focused on computational software ranging from search technologies to advertising systems. Jim was a research scientist at Xerox PARC. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology and graduated Cum Laude in Psychology from the University of Colorado, where he helped prototype some of the first uses of the Web within NASA.

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Nalini Natarajan

Vice president PRODUCT

Nalini leads product management and marketing at Metabiota. In this role, she is responsible for building out and launching Metabiota’s product offerings to a global customer base.  

Prior to joining Metabiota, Nalini was Senior Vice President Product Management at Risk Management Solutions (RMS) where she led product management for RMS(one),  first-in-its class, cloud based risk management platform; as well as RMS' flagship software suites. In this role, she was responsible for driving the multi-year product roadmap, leading product design, user experience, and technical publications for all of RMS’ software products.

Before joining RMS, she held roles in applications engineering and development at Advent, a provider of software solutions for investment management, and TenFold, a provider of application development environments. Nalini holds a BS in chemical engineering from Osmania University, Hyderabad, India, and an MS in chemical engineering from Florida State University.

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Mary C. Guttieri

Vice President Science

PhD, Microbiology

Dr. Mary C. Guttieri has extensive experience developing, implementing, and managing strategic partnerships to facilitate global advancement of human and animal health.  As Executive Vice President, Dr. Guttieri drives strategies, processes, and systems to support Metabiota’s scientific research and services for international disease and pathogen detection, response, analysis, reporting, and prevention.  Dr. Guttieri has extensive experience working on programs funded through the USG Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and currently serves as Metabiota’s Director of the Academic Engagement Partnership Program and is also the Science & Technology Program Manager for the Biological Threat Reduction Integrating Contract (BTRIC), which support objectives within DTRA’s Cooperative Biological Engagement Program.  Prior to employment with Metabiota, Dr. Guttieri was the Director of Global Biological Threat Reduction Programs at Southern Research Institute, where she also engaged in BTRIC activities.  As a Biodefense Microbiologist for the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, Dr. Guttieri conducted research for more than a decade focused on the generation of vaccines, immunotherapeutics, and antiviral drugs for the treatment or prophylaxis of infections caused by hemorrhagic fever viruses and orthopoxvirsues.  Dr. Guttieri’s affiliations span industry, academia, government, and non-governmental sectors within the global health arena.

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Damien Joly

Director, Epidemiology and Information Management

PhD. Biology

For over 15 years, Dr. Joly has worked at the interface of human, livestock and wildlife health, developing using field and quantitative techniques to identify the potential consequences of disease outbreaks for wildlife, livestock and human health; describe spatial and temporal patterns to inform risk assessment and disease management actions; and design, implement and evaluate the efficacy of wildlife disease management options.  Dr. Joly is an expert in the development of wildlife health information management systems, having lead a team that developed a global wild bird avian influenza database and most recently with the Global Animal Information System, used to collect, manage and distribute information on over 250,000 wildlife diagnostic specimens collected from 20 countries around the world.  Dr. Joly has given 58 invited and contributed scientific presentations, and has authored or co-authored 35 peer-reviewed publications since 2000. Dr. Joly has worked on USAID-funded zoonotic disease surveillance projects since 2006, most recently the USAID Emerging Pandemic Threats PREDICT project, for which he served as information management coordinator (2009 – 2014) and led the Wildlife Conservation Society’s contribution (2010 – 2013).  Dr. Joly holds an appointment as Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Ecosystem and Public Health, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Calgary.

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Karen Saylors

Director, Behavioral Sciences/Central Africa Programs

PhD, Medical Anthropology

Karen Saylors, Ph.D. is a medical anthropologist with 14 years experience designing and implementing field research projects in emerging infectious disease and behavioral change strategies. At Metabiota, Karen manages large teams in Central Africa and Vietnam in field surveillance of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, influenza, and the socio-cultural and behavioral factors influencing zoonotic disease transmission. Karen has extensive research experience in behavioral health and HIV prevention, having worked as lead ethnographer for the World Health Organization collaborating center for Research & Training in Mental Health in Montreal, and in
 monitoring and evaluation with many different at-risk cultural groups throughout the US. Prior to working at Metabiota, Karen worked with Medecins Sans Frontiers as field director of a buruli ulcer project in Cameroon, was Director of Research and Evaluation for a Native American non-profit organization for five years, focused on HIV and community readiness approaches appropriate to various cultures, and worked for Navajo Nation and the New Mexico Department of Public Health conducting population based surveillance and field epidemiology. Karen holds a Ph.D in Medical Anthropology from the Universite de Montreal.

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Brad Schneider

Director, laboratory sciences

PhD, Virology/
Experimental Pathology

Dr. Brad S Schneider serves as the Director of Laboratory Sciences for Metabiota, providing oversight, strategic direction, and management of research, surveillance, and response activities in Africa and Asia. With over 15 years of experience in the field, Dr. Schneider has worked with a broad range of pathogens in a diversity of settings, including some of the most logistically challenging regions of the world. He currently manages international laboratory teams comprising expatriates and local nationals engaged in efforts to deploy modern diagnostic capabilities within host country veterinary and public health systems, while fostering biological safety and international cooperative research. He employs diplomacy to establish productive international networks between US and host-country partners. Previously, at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), he gained expertise in a broad spectrum of laboratory and field techniques, aiding in the design of diagnostic assays for detection of possible bioterrorism agents and training to serve as a member of a deployable biological incident response team. He has provided scientific consulting to both the U.S. Government and private sector entities in biodefense, emerging infectious diseases, and outbreak response. Dr. Schneider serves globally in leadership and advisory roles as a member of academic, ethics, review, and editorial boards, and has published over 50 peer-reviewed manuscripts on a diversity of infectious disease topics, including viral, bacterial, and parasitic pathogens.

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Betsy Pugh

Controller

MBA Finance

Betsy Pugh is a results oriented strategic financial executive with 25 years of senior level experience in the federal government contracting industry. She is a
progressive leader and trusted advisor frequently tapped for high-level financial decisions and automated solutions in complex SEC, commercial and government contracting environments. She has championed successfully 40 prominent audits 
from internal and external regulators; lead high-profile mergers and due diligence ventures for financial integration; and improved profitability through pricing methods, indirect rate structuring, and budget process enhancements.

As Controller of Metabiota, Inc., Betsy directs the financial and accounting operations and objectives of the company to pair with its mission. She provides
leadership for financial abilities and program control to US operations as well as in-country operations in China and Africa driven to build strong teams and motivate employees to deliver exceptional results.

Prior to joining Metabiota, Inc., Betsy served as Vice President of Administration and Director of Accounting for Alion Science and Technology, Inc., a leader in the innovative application of science, engineering and operational experience to support the successful resolution of national and global problems. During her tenure, Betsy relocated an accounting department from Chicago, IL to Fairfax, VA for this $800M corporation restructuring o operational processes while implementing
compliance guidelines and regulations. She obtained recognition as the CEO’s Award Winner for Administrative Dedication and Excellence in 2010.

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JP Gonzalez

Senior Staff Scientist

JP Gonzalez graduated from the Medical School of Bordeaux in 1974 (France), completed his internship in French Guyana at the University Hospital Center of Antilles-Guyana (internal medicine and infectious diseases), and received his Ph.D. in viral ecology (Arenavirus molecular ecology) in 1984 from Clermont-Ferrand University (France). He went on to study zoology, marine biology and genetics at Bordeaux University Faculty of Sciences, and got his Master of Public Health & Tropical Medicine form the Medical School of Bordeaux (1975)

As a medical researcher and formerly Research Director for the French Institute of Research for Development (IRD, Marseille, France), he has spent his career working in and for developing countries of South America, Africa and Asia (1979-2012). His main fields of interest encompass viral disease epidemiology, virus ecology, arboviruses and viral hemorrhagic fevers and understanding fundamentals of disease emergence. Since the late 70s, he has led international teams with partner institutions of developing countries as well as teams of virologists at the International Network of the Institut Pasteur (Dakar, Senegal; Bangui, Central African Republic). He worked for several years as a guest researcher at the Special Pathogen Branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta (Georgia, USA), visiting scientist at the Arbovirus branch of CDC in Fort Collins, and as a visiting professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at the Yale School of Medicine (New England, USA). He worked in high security laboratory practices and research (CDC, Yale) and on the early development of geographical information systems applied to Public Health and Infectious Diseases (Yale). From 1997 to 2007, he was invited as a visiting professor of Microbiology, Mahidol University (Thailand) where he founded the Research Center for Emerging Viral Diseases and developed a Technical Platform for the study of Emerging Vector Borne Diseases. He largely contributed to the development of tools and implemented strategies for the control and prevention of transmitted disease. He also developed several innovative concepts including the evolution of viruses on the geological time scale, the co-evolution as a general mode of evolution among others.

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Aiah Gbakima

Country Director

Work Experience:
Country Director, Metabiota Inc.-Global Virus Forecasting (2011-Present).

M & E. Consultant to Global Fund for TB, (April 2010-April 2011).

Vice Chancellor & Principal, University of Sierra Leone (2005-2009)

Professor of Microbiology, College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences, University of Sierra Leone (2005-2009).

Associate Professor, Biology Department, Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland (1997-2005).

Member, MPH Integrated Experience Panel, School of Hygiene and Public Health, Johns Hopkins University (1998-2002).

Senior Fulbright Research Fellow, 1991-1993, Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Bloomberg School of Hygiene and Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.

Visiting Scholar (1994-1997), Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Bloomberg School of Hygiene and Public Health, Johns Hopkins
University, Baltimore, Maryland.

I mainly direct the activities of Metabiota Inc. in country. Initially, our work involves research and the control of Lassa fever in the laboratory, clinical aspects the impact of climate and environmental changes of the population of Mastymus, the rodent
reservoir of the Lassa virus.

With the advent of the ebola outbreak, our activities now address the containment of the outbreak in the country. My main role is coordination of ebola containment activities. I am based in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone but do make monthly
visits to the field to monitor case management, contact tracing and addressing issues relevant to the outbreak by our consultants in the field. 2 

Our major challenges remain the denial by most of the population, limited supplies of PPEs, gloves, face masks, aprons, thermometers etc. The most pressing challenges are the lack of medical personnel to work in the treatment centers and to therefore
save lives.

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Neal Liang

Chief Representative, China

Neal Liang is characteristically experienced in biochemical and cell biological research. In Metabiota Inc., Neal works at the Guangzhou Representative Office as the Chief Representative, fully accounting for the Office’s operation, supervising all programs implementation in China towards their sustainable development, and serving a lead role in future extension through coordinated efforts with HQ. In addition to roles in scientific and operational functions, he also participates Metabiota’s commercialized product/service development as well as its future market assessment and sales in China.  

Neal received his doctorate degree in Biochemistry from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. With extensive knowledge in biochemical sciences, he is currently managing USAID funded infectious disease research programs that adopts multiple laboratory analysis methods.

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Corina Monagin

Director, PREDICT Surveillance Operations

Corina Monagin, DrPH, DLSHTM, MPH has been working in the international public health field for over 10 years. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Biological Anthropology from The George Washington University and her MPH in International Health Systems Management from Tulane University. She was awarded a Doctor of Public Health degree (DrPH) and a Diploma for post-graduate studies (DLSHTM) at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine for her work on emerging infectious disease policy in SE Asia.

Corina has many years experience as a logistical coordinator and program manager for public health programs. She spent several years working in collaboration with the World Health Organization and Tulane University in West Africa developing an international infectious disease laboratory network. She coordinated wet and dry laboratory workshops dealing with viral hemorrhagic fever prevention as well as providing daily on-site logistical support. As a
result of her work, Corina assisted in increasing laboratory diagnostic capacity throughout the
region.

Corina was involved in the start-up of a non-for-profit and for-profit company as well as the initial set-up of many SE Asia research field sites, working as a Global Program Manager based out of the University of California, Los Angeles. She worked as the Asia Program Coordinator for Metabiota, providing logistical and research operational support for sites in China and SE Asia, based in Guangzhou, China. She increased capacity to control and respond to emerging infectious diseases in the region and recently was responsible for coordinating an international outbreak response team to assist in the H7N9 outbreak in China.

She is now based on California and works as the Global Program Manager at Metabiota for the USAID PREDICT program. She develops, manages and coordinates emerging infectious disease surveillance and research projects in 7 countries in Africa, Asia and SE Asia

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Nataliya Mykhaylovska

Eastern Europe Regional Manager

Nataliya Mykhaylovska, Ph.D., is a Research Projects Manager at Metabiota since 2013.  

Nataliya Mykhaylovska has an extensive experience developing and coordinating research projects. As the Project Senior Specialist responsible for the technical area “Biotechnology, Agricultural Science and Medicine” at the Science and Technology Center in Ukraine (STCU), Nataliya managed more than 30 R&D bio-projects in Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and collaborated with the Bio-Technology Engagement Program (BTEP), the Department of Energy/International Partnership Program, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the Defence Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). Nataliya has significant experience in developing guidelines for grant writing and conducting corresponding training for researchers. Prior to STCU, Nataliya worked over five years for the Institute for Advanced Training of Educational Managers where she got a Ph.D. in Pedagogical Sciences, developed curriculum materials and gave lectures focused on occupational safety and health problems in Educational Institutions of Ukraine. In January 2009 she accepted employment with Southern Research as their Cooperative Biological Research (CBR) Projects Manager in association with teaming partner Black & Veatch.  In this capacity, she has coordinated and managed activities related to Biological Threat Reduction (BTRP) Cooperative Biological Research (CBR)  projects in Ukraine (2009-2014) and facilitated development and implementation of CBP projects in Armenia (Dec 2011-Dec 2012) through supervision of Armenian CBR Analyst/Coordinator and working on project development. With her assistance, 6 CBR full-scale project proposals for Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (CBEP) in Ukraine and 2 proposals in Armenia have been developed (Technical Science Proposal, Budget, SOP manual, ACURO/IACUC documents).

Team

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Valentina Abdullina

AEP Travel & Meeting Coordinator

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Melissa Bradshaw

AEP Africa Regional Program Manger

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Brad Brooks

AEP Deputy Director

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Ash Casselman

Director of Business Development

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Carmen Chen

Administrative Assistant

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Amethyst Gillis

Regional Program Manager

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Carlyle Gollogly

AEP Southeast Asia Program Manager

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Karen Hite

Cooperative Biological Research

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Tuan Hoang

Financial Analyst

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Lisa Ihnken

Human Resources Services

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Lisa Kralovic

Contracts Manager

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Apple Li

Accounting Specialist

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Nicole Li

Administrative Assistant

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Debbie Mollard

Data Coordinator

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Tammie O’Rourke

Senior Information Management Development

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Nancy Ortiz

Project Coordinator

MPH/PhD. Candidate, UC Berkeley

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Falgunee Parekh

Staff Scientist, Epidemiology

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Thanh Nguyen

AEP Contracts Coordinator

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Daniel O’Rourke

Research Assistant

Advisors

Zachary Bogue

Managing Partner, Data Collective

Managing Partner, Founders Den

Donald Burke

Dean, Graduate School of Public Health,

UPMC - Jonas Salk Chair in Global Health

Chris Dibona

Director of Open Source, Google Inc.

Thomas Monath

Chief Technology Officer, PaxVax, Inc.

Tim O'Reilly

Chief Executive Officer, O'Reilly Media

Admiral Gary Roughead

Former U.S. Navy Chief of Naval Operation

Riaz Valani

General Partner, Global Asset Capital

George Whitesides

Woodford L. and Ann A. Flowers University Professor, Harvard University

Where we work

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