Faculty and Staff

Teaching Faculty

Name Position Phone Email
Sherwin Abraham, Ph.D. Senior Scientist 919-513-8094
Susan Bernacki, Ph.D. Research Associate, Biomedical Engineering 919-513-7710
Ruben Carbonell, Ph.D. Director 919-515-0177
Kirill Efimenko, Ph.D. Research Associate Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 919-513-0548
Driss Elhanafi, Ph.D. Senior Scientist 919-513-8236
Michael Flickinger, Ph.D. Associate Director, Academic Programs 919-515-0175
Gary Gilleskie, Ph.D. Director, Operations 919-515-0176
Nathaniel Hentz, Ph.D. Assistant Director, Analytical Lab 919-515-0218
Sarwat Khattak, Ph.D. Senior Scientist 919-513-0969
Rick Lawless, CPIP Associate Director, Strategic Programs 919-515-8526
Paul Mozdziak, Ph.D. Professor, Poultry Science 919-515-5544
Amith Naik, Ph.D. Senior Scientist 919-515-8377
Jennifer Pancorbo, Ph.D. Assistant Director,
Bioprocess Services
Gisele Passador-Gurgel, Ph.D. Teaching Assistant Professor 919-515-0222
John Sheppard, Ph.D. Professor, Food, Bioprocessing, and Nutrition Sciences 919-513-0802
John van Zanten, Ph.D. Teaching Assistant Professor 919-515-0217
Lucas Vann Manager, Bioprocess Engineering 919-515-0214

BTEC Teaching Fellows

Name Title
Decebal Bora, Pharm. D., MPH Director of Regulatory Affairs, ActoGeniX N.V., Ghent, Belgium
Bruce K. Burnett, PhD, RAC (US, EU) Director of Regulatory Affairs, Duke Translational Medicine Institute, Duke University
Lucia Clontz, MS, D. H.Sc. Site Quality Head, Xellia Pharmaceuticals
Marcello Fidaleo, PhD Assistant Professor, Department for Innovation in Biological, Agro-Food and Forest Systems, University of Tuscia, Italy
Richard E. Kouri, PhD Professor of Practice, Poole College of Management, NC State University
Pierre Leveau, Pharm. D. Head of the Quality, Safety and Environment Unit, European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & HealthCare (EDQM) – Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France
Jeff Odum, MS, CPIP Director of Operations, Integrated Project Services, North Carolina
Abhinav A. Shukla, PhD Vice President of Process Development and Manufacturing, KBI Biopharma


Name Position Phone Email
John Balchunas Assistant Director, Professional Development Programs 919-515-0550
Nathan Blackwell Bioprocess Training Associate 919-513-2196
Steve Boone Finance Manager 919-513-1631
Patty Brown Senior Instructional Designer 919-513-1099
Brittany Gabriel Bioprocess Training Associate 919-513-2196
Lesleigh Hastings Bioprocess Training Associate 919-515-0225
LaShonda Herndon Bioprocess Training Associate 919-513-2196
Brian Herring Instructional Media Developer 919-515-0212
Lauren Liles Bioprocess Training Associate 919-515-0193
Brian Mosley Scientist II 919-515-2855
Meghna Muralidhar Bioprocess Training Associate 919-513-2196
Winnell Newman Manager, Student Programs 919-515-0213
Robert Niklas Maintenance Engineer 919-515-0184
Michael Ray Bioprocess Training Associate 919-515-0173
Michele Ray Manager, Bioprocess 919-513-0952
Joe Reigher Maintenance Engineer 919-513-8212
Eric Safarz Bioprocess Training Associate 919-515-0178
Jennifer Sasser Technology Support Technician 919-513-0964
Rita Simoes Research Scholar 919-513-8237
Chris Smith Graduate Programs Coordinator 919-513-2195
Jason Stappenbeck Maintenance Engineer 919-515-0185
John Taylor Bioprocess Training Associate 919-513-2196
Jessica Weaver Scientist II 919-515-2644
Melody Woodyard Assistant Director, Finance & Administration 919-513-8095
Erica Vilsaint Bioprocess Training Associate 919-513-2196
Haiwei Zhang Scientist II 919-513-1699