BTEC Instructors

BTEC’s highly qualified scientists, engineers, and operations staff carry out the center’s programs. Many have extensive experience with leading biomanufacturing companies.

Name Position Phone Email
Ryan Barton, Ph.D. Sr. Scientist, Automation, Bioproces Engineering 919-513-0969
José Bruno-Bárcena, Ph.D. Professor of Microbiology, Plant and Microbial Biology 919-513-1495
Greg Buhrman, Ph.D. Scientist I, Analytical 919-513-5914
Miles Calzini, Ph.D. Scientist I, AIM-Bio 919-513-5924
Ruben Carbonell, Ph.D. BTEC Distinguished Fellow 919-515-5118
Crystal Collazo Scientist II, Fermentation
Kirill Efimenko, Ph.D. Research Associate Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 919-513-0548
Driss Elhanafi, Ph.D. Senior Scientist, Cell Line Development 919-513-8236
Hayley Flores, Ph.D. Senior Scientist, Fermentation 919-515-0222
Gary Gilleskie, Ph.D. Executive Director 919-515-0176
Cyndell Gracieux-Singleton, Ph.D. Manager, Analytical 919-513-2196
Elissa Hudspeth Assistant Director, Downstream 919-513-8094
Rick Lawless Lecturer
Stefano Menegatti, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 919-515-6398
Danny Monroe, Ph.D. Assistant Director, Academic Programs 919-513-2195
Pa Nhia Moore Manager, Student Programs 919-515-0213
Paul Mozdziak, Ph.D. Professor, Poultry Science 919-515-5544
Jennifer Pancorbo, Ph.D. Director, Industry Programs and Research 919-515-0215
Balaji Rao, Ph.D. Director, Academic Programs 919-515-0175
Deepa Sambandan, Ph.D. Research Program Manager 919-515-0166
Kurt Selle, Ph.D. Assistant Director, Fermentation and Cell Line Development 919-515-4797
John Sheppard, Ph.D. Professor, Food, Bioprocessing, and Nutrition Sciences 919-513-0802
Sara Siegel, Ph.D. Senior Scientist, AIM-Bio 919-513-1698
Suleiman Sweilem Scientist II, Cell Culture 919-513-7493
Douglas Tremblay Lab Manager, Biomedical Engineering 919-515-9741
John van Zanten, Ph.D. Teaching Assistant Professor 919-515-0217
Haiwei Zhang Senior Scientist, Bioprocess Services 919-513-1699
Michael Flickinger, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus

BTEC Fellows

BTEC recognizes the industry professionals and subject matter experts (SMEs) who contribute to its teaching mission with BTEC Fellow appointments each academic year. Brief profiles are provided for the current BTEC Fellows.