Kristin Searcy Bell ’97 holds both an MS and a PhD in civil and environmental engineering from NorthwesternUniversity. She is a manager for the Environ Foundation, which is an international consultancy working to help resolve demanding environmental and human health issues. She has over seven years of experience in environmental engineering, with particular emphasis onassessing the fate and transport of contaminants in river systems. She has served as the manager for sediment remediation and restoration projects that involved contaminated sediment assessment, remedy evaluation, and remedy selection. Kristin has written and co-authored several peer-reviewed papers addressing contaminant and pathogen transport in riverine systems.
Steven C. Gerken ’77 founded Avitacor, a Life Sciences management consulting firm, in 2005, and has been serving as President since its inception. Dr. Gerken brings over 30 years of experience in the life sciences to Avitacor and is currently consulting as the Chief Business Officer for Global Bio Therapeutics USA, a gene therapy company, to help develop its proprietary gene expression platform into approved therapies for treating a variety of human diseases. Dr. Gerken started in San Diego biotechnology as a bioinformatics scientist at Sequana Therapeutics, the first company to focus on commercializing the human genome project, bringing his expertise in human genetics and bioinformatics from the University of Utah Human Genome Center. Previously, Dr. Gerken conducted postdoctoral studies in developmental genetics at the University of Utah in the lab of Nobel laureate, Dr. Mario Capecchi. Dr. Gerken most recently held various positions within Chugai Pharmaceuticals, notably as a director of Informatics. His responsibilities included bio and chemical-informatics for new drug development, and information technology for corporate and global operations. Dr. Gerken received a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from the University of California, Irvine, and he received his MBA from the Rady School of Management at the University of California, San Diego. He also studied International Business Management at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, India.
Pamela Chapman ’95 is a supervising epidemiologist with ChemRisk, a scientific consulting firm that specializes in using risk assessment methods to characterize and provide improved understanding of complex exposures involving chemicals, pharmaceuticals, or radionuclides in a variety of potentially contaminated media.
Maile Tanaka ’02 received a Master’s degree in Environmental Science and Management from UC Santa Barbara, and is a biologist at PCR Services Corporation, an environmental consulting company in Irvine, California.