Speaker Biographies

 

 

Amy J Behrman, MD, FACP, FACOEM
Dr Behrman is a professor of Emergency Medicine and medical director for Occupational Health Services at the University of Pennsylvania. Her practice and academic interests focus on occupational infections, nosocomial infection prevention, vaccine preventable diseases, and adult immunizations. She is responsible for clinical care and surveillance programs for healthcare personnel, research staff, and veterinary staff at a large academic center. She is current chair of the national Medical Center Occupational Health Section of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
Gary Borkowski, DVM, MS, DACLAM
 
Training as a veterinarian and 35 years experience in the field of laboratory animal medicine. Have worked with a variety of large and small animals, with the use of hazardous agents and chemicals in these programs. Have 4 years as AAALAC Global Director, overseeing the accreditation of over 1000 programs worldwide.
>Elizabeth Gilman Duane, MS, RBP, CBSP

Betsy is currently a consultant providing health and safety expertise to the life sciences industry.  An  accomplished health and safety leader with 33 years of experience in the life sciences industry, she recently retired as Director of Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability (EHSS) at Amgen. Betsy is skilled at forming strong, sustainable relationships and securing consensus across an organization to advance environmental health and safety initiatives, including integrating environmental health and safety programs following mergers, acquisitions and internal reorganizations. In addition, she is an internationally-known biosafety expert with strong pandemic preparedness and response skills.  Prior to joining Amgen, she was a consultant with Environmental Health & Engineering Inc., providing health and safety services to the life sciences industry with a focus on high-containment infectious disease laboratories and vaccine manufacturing.  In 2005, Betsy was President of the American Biological Safety Association – International (ABSA) and has been active in ABSA for 31 years.  She currently serves on the Emerging Infectious Disease and Accreditation Committees.  She is a founding member of the New England Biological Safety Association (NEBSA).  In 2000, she received the John H. Richardson Special Recognition Award from ABSA, for service to the Training and Education Committee.  ABSA awarded her the Edward J. Hanel Jr. Presidential Award in 2019 for outstanding contributions to ABSA and the field of biosafety.

Gary Fujimoto, MD

Gary Fujimoto, MD, is currently an Occupational Medicine consultant in private practice in Los Altos, California, working with a variety of high technology, biotechnology and pharmaceutical research groups both nationally and internationally.
Gary was formerly Program Director, Occupational Medicine Department, Health Care Division, Palo Alto Medical Foundation and Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, and on the Active Medical Staff, Department of Emergency Medicine (Surgery), Stanford University School of Medicine.
Gary was twice honored with an Excellence in teaching award from Stanford University School of Medicine.
He served as the principal medical consultant for biological and chemical exposures at Stanford University for over 20 years, and has served on the Institutional Biosafety Committees for several pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Gary also serves on the board of the Griffin Foundation, and has been involved with the occupational health colloquium since its beginning.

Michelle Kom Gochnour, MN, RN, COHN-S

For over 30 years, Michelle Kom Gochnour has focused her career on developing and providing occupational health and safety services in the areas of academia, government, private industry, and the military. This work has involved collaborations with other professionals to improve processes and ensure safe work environments and decrease risk to workers. She earned her master’s degree in nursing with a specialty in occupational and environmental health nursing from the University of Washington. Currently, Michelle holds the position of the Senior Occupational Health and Safety Consultant for Research at Seattle Children’s Hospital where she is part of the Environmental Health and Safety team for four laboratory research buildings, including a BSL3 facility. She serves on several institutional biosafety committees (IBCs), Children’s institutional animal care and use committee (IACUC), and is current president of the Northwest Health, Environmental and Laboratory Professionals (NW HELP) group. Michelle loves a good risk assessment discussion and is driven to constantly seek to decrease risk through occupational health and safety mitigation strategies.

Philip Harber, MD, MPH

Philip Harber is a professor of public health at the University of Arizona. He recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award from ACOEM. He has published over 200 research and medical papers and is the senior editor of the forthcoming book, “Occupational Health in Higher Education and Research Institutions”. He previously was professor of Medicine and Family Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, chief of the Division of Occupational-Environmental Medicine, and director of the occupational-environmental medicine residency. He has served as chair of the NIOSH/CDC Study Section (IRG), vice chair of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) for preventive medicine RRC, Board of directors of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM), and a member of several IOM committees. His clinical and consulting expertise includes occupational respiratory diseases, occupational toxicology, and occupational ergonomics. He also served as director of the UA Occupational Health Office and medical director for occupational health (of employees).

Lucy Horton, MD, MPH
 

Dr. Horton is a board-certified infectious disease specialist who cares for patients with complex infections and has extensive experience caring for patients with COVID-19, including those with chronic COVID symptoms.
She is medical director of both the UC San Diego Health’s COVID-19 Employee Health and Contact Tracing
Group, and Ambulatory COVID Drive Up and Results Team Services. She founded the Post-COVID Care Clinic at UC San Diego Health which provides multidisciplinary care to patients with Long COVID. She has the expertise, leadership, training, and motivation necessary for implementing clinical research projects on Long COVID.

T Warner Hudson, MD, FACOEM, FAAFP

T Warner Hudson MD FACOEM FAAFP is Associate Clinical Professor of Occupational and Environmental Health at UC Irvine.  Prior to this he was Medical Director of Occupational and Employee Health at UCLA for the Health System and campus there.  He has years of experience designing, leading and implementing occupational health strategies and programs for research and animal workers, health care personnel, travel and field work medicine.  He was a voting member of the UCLA IBC for 7 years and has published and presented numerous articles, and sessions on related biosafety issues.  He has been clinically active in this area as well for over 40 years and was President of ACOEM 2011-2012. 

Marcia Isakari, MD, MPH, MRO

Dr. Isakari is the Medical Director for the UC San Diego Center of Occupational & Environmental Medicine (COEM). She has extensive clinical and leadership experience directing occupational medicine clinics and delivering clinical services to employers in virtually all industrial sectors, including biotech/life sciences/technology, public entity and healthcare. In particular, for local biotech clients, she has developed customized occupational medicine solutions and provides medical directorship for Salk Institute and La Jolla Institute.  

Dr. Isakari is board-certified in Occupational & Environmental Medicine and a fellow of the American College of Occupational & Environmental Medicine (FACOEM). She is certified as a Medical Review Officer (MROCC) for drug and alcohol testing and Professional Supervisor in hearing conservation (CAOHC). Lastly, she serves on the UC San Diego Institutional Biosafety Committee and is the past chair of the University of California Office of the President (UCOP) Safety Leadership Council.

Aristea Lubar

Aristea Lubar is an Associate Biosafety Officer for the University of California San Diego. Her background is in vector biology, parasitology, and infectious disease. She spent four years in research studying malaria and leptospirosis, during which she liaised with multiple global institutions, before transitioning into biosafety. She obtained a B.S. in Zoology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Kent Osborn, DVM, PhD

Currently Associate Director for the University of California San Diego Animal Care Program (ACP), I provide veterinary pathology and clinical veterinary support for animal care and use at UC San Diego and oversee the ACP Diagnostic Services Laboratory. I also oversee the Vivarium Safety Program, and the Laboratory Animal Medicine Training Programs (residents and externs), all the while also participating in varied clinical and administrative veterinary tasks and projects. I currently serve on the UC San Diego Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), and on the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance IACUC. With regard to aquatic animals, I am the lead veterinarian for the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Scripps Institution of Oceanography itself. Other animal care facilities at UC San Diego include multiple colonies of aquatic animals, including zebrafish, stickleback fish, African clawed frogs and axolotls. Past veterinary work includes positions as Associate Director of the Department of Animal Resources at The Scripps Research Institute, Associate Pathologist for San Diego Zoo Global, and Post Graduate Research Pathologist and Primate Pathologist/Associate Veterinarian for the California National Primate Research Center at UC Davis.

Robyn Raban, PhD
 

Robyn Raban, Ph.D. is currently a Research Project Manager in the laboratory of Dr. Omar Akbari at University of California, San Diego. A principal goal of the Akbari lab to study and exploit insect genetics to develop innovative genetic technologies to reduce the burden of vector borne diseases. This work is currently funded by DARPA, the NIH and other sponsors. Dr. Raban has been working in the arthropod-borne disease field for over 12 years as a researcher and project manager. She received her B.A. in Environmental Science from University of California, Berkeley, and an M.Sc. in Medical Entomology from the University of Florida, Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory. She received her Ph.D. in Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology from Colorado State University where she worked with mosquitoes and BSL2/ACL2 and BSL3/ACL3 arthropod-borne pathogens at the Arthropod Infectious Disease Laboratory. Dr. Raban then worked in industry as a principal investigator on Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Department of Defense funded projects focused on novel prevention strategies for arthropod-borne diseases at research centers and field sites in Africa and Asia. Before joining the Akbari lab, she also worked as a scientist, project manager and grant writer in other industry and academic fields.

Ellyn Segal, PhD

Ellyn Segal received a B.S. from McGill University in Biology/Genetics and a Ph.D. in Genetics from Stony Brook University, doing research at Cold Spring Harbor Labs in N. Y. and Scripps Research Foundation in San Diego, CA. She continued her education with a Post-doctoral position in Microbiology and Immunology at UCSF. From there she moved to Stanford University, where she was a post-doctoral scholar and Sr. Research Scientist working on bacterial pathogenesis and cellular microbiology. In 2001 she moved into her current position as Biosafety & Biosecurity Manager for Stanford University. Dr. Segal is interested in the intersection of new technologies and issues with Biosafety.

Mary Ann Sondrini, EdM

Mary Ann Sondrini, EdM, has been the Director of the Eagleson Institute, a nonprofit foundation with a mission to globally promote the principles and practices of health and safety in the life sciences community since its inception in 1989. Her responsibilities include overseeing the development and promotion of all Institute activities, including seminars, conferences, DVDs and global mentoring projects. Being a strong believer in the benefits of interactive learning, all programs implement a variety of instructional strategies to keep the learners engaged.  Mary Ann has a degree in biology from Williams College and a graduate degree in education with a focus in curriculum development from Harvard School of Education. She has taught numerous courses in the development and presentation of training programs. In 1997, she was the recipient of the Everett Hanel, Jr. Presidential Award given by the American Biological Safety Association for her extensive contributions to that organization.

Maureen Thompson, RN, COHN-S

Maureen Thompson BSN, RN, COHN-S, RBP is the Assistant Director of Environmental Health and Safety at Emory University and Environmental Health and Safety Officer (EHSO) at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center (NPRC). Her responsibilities include: guidance and oversight for regulatory compliance, environmental health and safety training, BSL/ABSL-3 containment oversight, safety inspections, hazard identification, hazard monitoring and risk assessments. She is also responsible for the follow-up and investigations related to student, volunteer and employee injuries and exposures as well, as the workers compensation program. Prior to working in research Maureen worked as a Neonatal Nurse at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Early career experiences include work in clinical laboratories and pediatric phlebotomy. Maureen has worked in the field of Environmental Health and Safety for more than 25 years, first as the Safety Officer at Children’s Health Care of Atlanta and then as the EHSO at the Yerkes NPRC. She continues to work with numerous agencies and research facilities to address research related health and safety concerns and development of comprehensive safety programs. She is a voting member of the Emory University Institutional Biosafety and Research Safety Committees and is the EHSO representative on the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.

James M. Welch
Jim Welch served 19 years as the executive director of the Elizabeth R Griffin Research Foundation, a US-based non-profit organization that works nationally and globally promoting biosafety and biosecurity in fostering global health security. Upon his retirement in 2018, the Foundation was transitioned to the Elizabeth R Griffin Program at the Center of Global Health Science and Security at Georgetown University Medical School where he now serves as an Affiliate. He is a member and was the originating chair of the steering group of the Global Health Security Agenda Consortium (GHSAC), was the first NGO member of the Global Health Security Agenda Steering Group and is on the International Working Group on Strengthening the Culture of Biosafety, Biosecurity, and Responsible Conduct in the Life Sciences. He has been associated with the Joint External Evaluation International Alliance (JEE), the OIE Consultation Group on Sustainable Biosafety and Biosecurity, and served for over a decade on the advisory board of the National Biosafety and Biocontainment Training Program at the US National Institutes of Health. He served on the governing councils of the International Federation of Biosafety Associations (IFBA) and ABSA International. He was as a named member of the Law Enforcement and Veterinary International Conference at INTERPOL, an external advisor for the Duke University Infectious Disease Response Training Program, and a member of the Global Health Security Roundtable. He was the 2011 recipient of the John H Richardson Award of ABSA International and is an honorary member of the Association of Primate Veterinarians and the International Biosafety Working Group. He currently is on the advisory board of the Global Biorisk Advisory Council and is the elected president of the Kingsport, Tennessee Board of Education. He has been a key speaker, instructor, moderator and panelist at professional and governmental conferences, seminars, universities and private companies around the world.
Dawn Wooley, PhD, SM[NRCM], RBP, CBSP
 
Dr. Dawn P. Wooley is a Professor at Wright State University. Her research expertise includes the molecular mechanisms of viral mutation, recombination, and pathogenesis, the use of viral vectors for gene transfer, and the biosafety of viral vectors in laboratory and animal research. Dr. Wooley conducted postdoctoral research with Nobel Laureate Howard Temin at the University of Wisconsin. She earned her Ph.D. degree in Virology from Harvard and an honors B.S. degree in Microbiology from The Pennsylvania State University.
Sidney Zisook, MD
 

Sidney Zisook, M.D., is director of the University of California, San Diego Residency Training Program, and a Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry at UCSD. Dr. Zisook received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Berkeley and his medical degree from Stritch-Loyola, Chicago. He completed his residency in Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and was a clinical fellow of Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Zisook’s research centers around mood as both a primary and secondary manifestation/disorder. Much of his research has been focused on the natural history, differentiation from depression and treatment of grief and bereavement. Current research projects include: 1) treatment of bereavement – associated depression; 2) interventions for traumatic (aka complicated) grief; 3) interventions for treatment resistant depression; 4) predicting antidepressant response; 5) preventing physician suicide. Dr. Zisook also is Director of the Operation Core of the Advanced Interventions Center for Older Persons with Psychotic Disorders.

Dr. Zisook’s major clinical focus is treatment of adult patients with grief, mood and anxiety disorders. Using an integrated approach which combines various psychotherapeutic modalities with pharmacotherapy, Dr. Zisook provides consultation for patients with particularly chronic and refractory conditions, individuals with complicated bereavement reactions, and older persons with mood and/or anxiety disorders.