IEM Boards and Committees

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Advisory Board

IEM Advisory Board

Members in the individual Centers meet frequently to discuss progress and planning. In addition, the IEM holds town hall meetings of its members. Directors of the IEM Centers meet periodically to exchange information and to foster collaborations among the Centers.

The IEM holds annual meetings of its Advisory Committee composed of extramural leaders in industry and private sector and intramural faculty and administrative leaders to report its progress and receive advices for the improvement of its activities.  IEM Advisory Board provides advice on direction and strategy, research needs and advice on funding.



Name Title Company Email
Peter Farrell Chairman & CEO

ResMed Inc.
Michael Hosteler Attorney at Law

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Irwin Jacobs Founding Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Emeritus

Gene Lay President and CEO

Joe Panetta President and CEO

Anthony Ratcliffe  President and CEO Synthasome, Inc
Drew Senyei Managing Director Enterprise Partners Venture Capital
Jay Srirangam Technical Development Team Leader



Name Position Department Email
William Bradley Professor and Chair Radiology
Sandra Brown Vice Chancellor VC-Research
Bryan Clary Professor and Chair Surgery
Wolfgang Dillmann Professor and Chair Medicine
Jack Dixon Dean Scientific Affairs, School of Medicine
Gary Firestein Professor
Lawrence Goldstein Professor CMM
Ralph Greenspan Professor Biological Sciences
Gabriel Haddad Professor and Chair Pediatrics
Miroslav Krstic Associate Vice Chancellor Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Scott Lippman Director/Professor Moores Cancer Center
James Mckerrow Dean Sch Pharm/Pharm Sci
Teri Melese Vice Chancellor VC-Research
Alexander Norbash Professor and Chair Radiology
Albert Pisano Dean-Jacobs Sch Engr Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering
Ramesh Rao Director Calit2
Paul Roben Assoc Vice Chan Innovation & Commercialization
Geert Schmid-Schonbien Chair/Professor Bioengineering
Palmer Taylor Professor School of Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Science
Susan Taylor Professor Chemistry & Biochemistry
Miwako Waga Director VC-Research
Robert Weinreb Chairman/Professor Ophthalmology

Center Directors

Name Position Department Email
Adah Almutairi Associate Professor Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sci.
Andrew Barleben Asst Prof/Surgery Surgery 
Michael Berns Adjunct Professor Bioengineering
Krishnan V. Chakravarthy Assistant Clinical Professor Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine 
Shaochen Chen Chair/Professor Nanoengineering 
David Cheresh Professor  Pathology 
Todd Coleman Professor Bioengineering 
Sylvia Evans Professor Pharmacy 
James Friend Professor  Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering 
David Gough Professor Bioengineering
David Hall Professor Radiology
Tzyy-Ping Jung Research Scientist Institute for Neural Computation 
Louise Laurent  Professor
Juan Lasheras Professor Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Klaus Ley Division Head and Professor La Jolla Institute for Allergy 
Scott Lippman Director/Professor Medicine 
Andrew McCulloch Director/Professor Bioengineering 
Elliot McVeigh Professor Bioengineering 
William Mobley Associate  Dean/Neuro Initiatives Neuroscience 
Alexander Norbash Chair/Professor  Radiology 
Gladys Ramos Associate Clinic Professor Reproductive Medicine 
Robert Ross Professor Medicine 
Robert Sah Professor Bioengineering 
Maike Sander Professor Pediatrics  
Shankar Subramaniam Professor/ Associate Director  Bioengineering 
Frank Talke  Professor  Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering 
Nizet Victor  Professor  Pediatrics 
Joseph Wang Professor Nanoengineering  
Sam Ward  Professor  Orthopaedic Surgery 
John Watson Professor Bioengineering 
Liangfang Zhang Professor Nanoengineering 

IEM Director & Associated Directors

Name IEM Affiliation Position Department Email
Andrew McCulloch IEM Director Professor Bioengineering
Karen Christman GEM II Program Director and Associate Director Professor Bioengineering
Colin Depp IEM Education Program Director and Associate Director Professor IR Psychiatry
Deborah Spector GEM Program Director and Associate Director Professor  Cellular & Molecular Medicine

Daniela Valdez-Jasso GEMINI Program Director and Associate Director Assistant Professor Bioengineering


Name Position Department Email
William J. Burfitt Executive Director of Development Development
Philip Godfrey Management Services Officer IEM
Justina Houston Administrative Assistant IEM
Kinnary Doshi Fund Manager IEM
Catherine Diep  Communications and Office Assistant IEM

WCBE Industrial Advisory Board (IAB)

WCBE Industrial Advisory Board (IAB)


The mission of WCBE is to foster and enhance interactions of IEM and the Bioengineering Department with Industry. The Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) provides valuable advice and leadership in enhancing industry liaison and student education and training.  Provide a conduit for student-employer relationships and enhance student professional development WCBE organizes student industrial internships, Breakfast with Industry, Chutes and Ladders for networking with industry, and Bioengineering Day. WCBE works on undergraduate design projects and the Masters of Advanced Studies-Medical Device Engineering program. It organizes student participation at U.S. and San Diego Science and Engineering Festivals and runs the Shared Cell Engineering Research Core.

Name Position Company Email
Julio Baez Biologicals Technology Leader Cipla Ltd.
Robert Balderas Vice President / Biological Sciences BD Biosciences
Walt Baxter Senior Principal Scientist Medtronic, Inc.
James Burke Director of Program Management Dexcom, Inc.
Frederick Cahn CEO BioMedical Strategies
Greg Williams Leader, Biologics and Advanced Materials Science R&D NuVasive, Inc.
Jason Haider Founder and CEO Xenco Medical
Jason Halsey SVP, R&D and Operations Agena Bioscience
Chase Mertz Product Manager Hologic, Inc.
Chris MacDonald Vice President, Operations & Data Science ChromaCode, Inc.
Harish Nagarajan Senior R&D Manager, Systems Biology & Bioinformatics Genomatica
Lou Obertreis Independent
Gustavo Prado Independent
Anthony Ratcliffe President and CEO Synthasome, Inc.
Peter Teriete CSO and Co-Founder TumorGen
Elaine Ye Project Research Analyst Device of Tomorrow Capital