IEM Boards and Committees

Learn more about the Institute's Advisory Boards and Executive Committees

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 Position Company Email
John Dobak President JAKK Group, Inc.
Peter Farrell Chairman & CEO ResMed Inc.
Stephen Flaim Advisor von Liebig Center
Michael Hostetler Attorney at Law Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Irwin Jacobs Cofounder Qualcomm
Gregory McKee Chief Executive Officer CONNECT
Diego Miralles Head, West Coast Research Center, Head, Janssen Healthcare Innovation, J&J Pharmaceutical R&D J&J Pharmaceutical R&D
Joe Panetta President and CEO BIOCOM
Tony Ratcliffe President and CEO Synthasome
Drew Senyei Managing Director Enterprise Partners Venture Capital
Bhasker Shetty VP, Pharmacokinetics, Dynamics & Metabolism Pfizer R&D


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
Jean Ford Keane Assoc Vice Chan Health Sciences
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.
Michael Berns Adjunct Professor Bioengineering
Krishnan V. Chakravarthy Assistant Professor Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
Ju Chen Professor Radiology
Shaochen Chen Professor Nanoengineering
Todd Coleman Associate Professor Bioengineering
Sylvia Evans Professor Pharmacy
William Freeman Professor Ophthalmology
David Gough Professor Bioengineering
David Hall Associate Professor Radiology
Stephen Howell Professor Moores Cancer Center
Tzyy-Ping Jung Research Scientist Institute for Neural Computation
Ratneshwar Lal Professor Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Juan Lasheras Professor Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Klaus Ley Division Head and Professor La Jolla Institute for Allergy
Andrew McCulloch Professor Bioengineering
William Mobley Department Chair Neuroscience
Elliot McVeigh Professor Bioengineering
Victor Nizet Professor Pediatrics
Kevin Patrick Professor Family and Preventive Medicine
Gladys Ramos Associate Clinic Professor Reproductive Medicine
Robert Ross Professor Medicine
Maike Sander Professor Pediatrics
Robert Sah Professor Bioengineering
Gabriel Silva Professor Bioengineering
Steven Sparks Associate Physician Surgery
Joseph Wang Professor/Chair Nanoengineering
John Watson Director and Professor Bioengineering
Kang Zhang Professor Ophthalmology
Liangfang Zhang Professor Nanoengineering

IEM Director & Associated Directors

Name Position Department Email
Shu Chien University Professor Bioengineering and Medicine
David Cheresh Professor Pathology
Shankar Subramaniam 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
Fund Manager IEM

Executive Committee

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 Title Company LinkedIn
Robert Balderas Vice President / Biological Sciences

Becton, Dickinson and Company
Walt Baxter Senior Principal Scientist

Medtronic Cardiac Rhythm Disease Management
James Burke Director of Program Management

Frederick Cahn CEO

BioMedical Strategies
Iman Famili President

Sinopia Biosciences, Inc.
Jason Halsey SVP, R&D

Agena Bioscience
Dan Kagan VP Innovation

Assay Depot
Raj Krishnan CEO

Biological Dynamics
Harish Nagarajan Research Scientist I, Computational Technologies

Lou Obertreis Consulting Manufacturing Engineer

Independent Consultant
Anthony Ratcliffe President and CEO

Christopher Rhodes President

Drug Delivery Experts
Christophe Schilling President & Chief Scientific Officer

Mark Title Management Director

Advanced Technology Leadership
Greg Williams Senior Product Development Engineering