BioBus helps K-12 and college students in New York City discover, explore, and pursue science. We focus on students excluded from the scientific community due to factors such as race, gender, economic status, and physical access. Through this work, we envision a world where all people have the opportunity to reach their full scientific potential. We’ve reached 350,000 students at more than 900 schools and community organizations since 2008, primarily NYC public and charter schools and as far away as New England, California, and even Rwanda, Egypt and Jordan. BioBus students connect with scientists from diverse backgrounds, learn lab and research skills, practice science communication, and take steps to become the next generation of scientists and problem-solvers, making the world better for all of us. Our students access and become part of the scientific community through introductory science labs aboard our mobile labs at their schools; after school, weekend, and summer programs; and year-long internships. We offer programs city-wide with a focus on Harlem, the South Bronx, and the Lower East Side.
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We are returning to in-person programs! During the pandemic, we revamped all of our programs in order to bring science to students in the safety of their homes and socially-distanced classrooms. We have live, interactive lab classes, STEAM challenges using materials students can find at home, and town hall livestreams with guest scientists. Our Junior Scientist interns have even continued research and science communication projects. Learn more about our COVID-19 response.
BioBus reached more than 50,000 students through short, introductory programs during the 2018-2019 school year, with hundreds of students engaging in in-depth programs and research internships. During the 2019-2020 school year, we reached over 24,000 students both through in-person programs and transitioning all of our programs to online and at-home options during the pandemic. We continue to offer remote science education now while we work with school and community partners, families, and students to prepare to safely transition back to in-person programs in the coming year.
Students discover the excitement of hands-on science aboard our Mobile Labs, equipped with $75,000 microscope and staffed by scientists. Parked in front of a school, entire classes of pre-K through twelfth-grade students climb on board for inquiry-based, hands-on, standards-aligned lab sessions.
After 45-minutes aboard a BioBus Mobile Lab, students have more positive attitudes towards science and want to do more. Eight to twelve week BioBus “Explore” programs at existing schools and community centers provide the students opportunities to develop their own research practice. At the same time, BioBus scientists build site staff's capacity to run inquiry-based research programs, as well as help equip sites with hardware and supplies.
We further support our students in becoming tomorrow’s scientific leaders through our “Pursue” paid internships for high school and college students. BioBus interns develop an independent science research project while serving as mentors to many of our younger students through teaching. "Pursue" and some "Explore" programs are located at BioBase Harlem @ Columbia's Zuckerman Institute. At this community lab, students work side-by-side with BioBus scientists and use the same advanced research microscopes found aboard our mobile labs.
BioBus is not a museum. BioBus is not a classroom. BioBus is not a fairground ride. BioBus is not even (always) a bus. BioBus is the research science lab that is in front of your school, at your block party, in front of your neighborhood park, in your summer camp, and at the college you want to attend. From the time you are four years old until college and beyond, BioBus supports your journey to make science part of your life, wherever that journey leads.
Ben Dubin-Thaler, Ph.D., Founder and Executive Director, created the BioBus in 2008 after completing his Ph.D. in Biology as well as his B.A. in Physics and Mathematics at Columbia University. “Dr. Ben,” as he is known to students aboard the BioBus, started BioBus as an experiment to test his hypothesis that, given the opportunity to use research-microscopes to perform hands-on experiments, anyone would be excited about science and want to do more. Ben and his team create a new kind of laboratory space that is empowering, accessible, un-intimidating, and that facilitates scientific engagement amongst populations historically underrepresented in science professions. Ben, now a recognized nonprofit and science education leader who is regularly invited to speak and consult for other organizations, hopes to create a future in which people from all cultures and backgrounds have equal opportunities to practice and understand science.
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Latasha Wright, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, Latasha received her Ph.D. from NYU Langone Medical Center in cell and molecular biology. She continued her scientific training at Johns Hopkins University and Weill Cornell Medical Center. She has co-authored numerous publications, presented her work at international and national conferences. BioBus enables Latasha to share her love of science with a new generation of scientists. Latasha spearheaded the creation of the first BioBase community lab, the BioBus internship program, and our Harlem expansion. Everyday that Latasha spends teaching students about science in this transformative environment helps her remember that science is fun. She loves sharing the journey of discovery with students of all ages.
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Mollie Thurman, M.A., Director of Community Science,works with a wide network of academic partners and educators to bring the experience of scientific research to young people in New York and New England. Since joining BioBus, Mollie has designed and managed a variety of programs inspired by her former research topics, marine science and urban ecology. She is especially interested in connecting academic researchers with students in both formal and informal educational settings. Leading a team of BioBus educators, interns and professional scientists, she has worked on many novel research questions. Her favorite project to date was studying the prevalence of microplastics in the guts of East River filter feeders -- spearheaded by a group of NYC middle schoolers. Mollie received her M.A. from Columbia University in conservation biology, and has worked as a researcher with the Harvard School of Public Health and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Originally from Gloucester, Massachusetts, she is thrilled to be leading the expansion of BioBus programs to New England.
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Christine Marizzi, Ph.D, Director of Community Science, Harlem, graduated from the University of Vienna, Austria, with a Ph.D. in Genetics. With 13+ years in national and international science education, she dedicates her time, energy and intellect to build frameworks that help students realize their greatest potential in STEM fields and provide traditionally under-represented minorities with multiple entry points to academic and professional careers in STEM disciplines. She frequently consults on best practises for student-centered, place-based science education, and serves as scientific reviewer for international journals, funding agencies and science centers. Her deep interest in biological systems and data visualization also led to several critically acclaimed projects at the intersection between technology, art, and science with a wide range of collaborators. Her current position at BioBus allows her to combine her extensive training in science with her passion for science communication and outreach in a nonprofit environment. #ScienceIsForEveryone
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Ashley Pirovano, M.P.S., Director of Community Science, Lower East Side, graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with a B.S. in Biology and earned a Master’s degree in Plant Biotechnology at SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry while studying communication between endophytic bacteria and biofuel feedstocks. Ashley has worked in formal and informal science education since 2017. She has developed several community-driven programs, including the Neighborhood Soil Science Curriculum, Afterschool Science Hour events, and the Student Town Hall YouTube series. Ashley was awarded the PASEsetter Award for her achievements in out of school education in 2022. Ashley is proud to work at BioBus where she has the platform to empower young people of color to reach their scientific potential!
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Robert Frawley, Ph.D., Lead Community Scientist, received a BS in Biomedical Engineering at Columbia University and a Ph.D. from Weill Cornell Medical College. As a graduate student he worked at the Hospital for Special Surgery studying the physics and chemistry of how bones form and how the soft tissue in our spines can be manipulated to decrease pain. Rob is also an adjunct professor at Marymount Manhattan College, teaching microbiology and epidemics, and he is a credentialed swim coach with several NYC-based swim teams. Every day, Rob looks forward to getting to know the Harlem community better, bringing his unique blend of engineer, educator, and science nerd to 3D print microscopes, recruit scientists as BioBus volunteers, and get to talk with students of all ages about science.
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Sedef Tinaztepe, Ph.D., Lead Community Scientist, first climbed aboard BioBus in 2014 as a New York Academy of Sciences STEM mentor, and continued as a volunteer scientist long after the mentoring program was over. She officially joined the BioBus staff in January 2018, upon completing her Ph.D. studies in Genetics and Development at Columbia University. An experienced molecular biologist, Sedef has worked at a number of research and clinical laboratories, studying molecular genetics of diverse organisms such as humans, viruses, mosquitoes, and grasses. She believes that hands-on experiences play a critical role in developing an appreciation of science, and she is excited to inspire and support young scientists of NYC at BioBus.
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Devon Collins, Ph.D, Lead Community Scientist, is a neuroscientist and educator from the Midwest. He completed his PhD in behavioral neuroscience at the Rockefeller University, where he studied how common genetic variation affects the brain’s responses to drugs and stress. Devon has taught science to learners of all ages and backgrounds in the New York area for several years in the lab, in informal science education events and programs, and in the NYC school system. He believes that science is a vital human endeavor, that basic scientific literacy is an essential part of any person’s skill set, and that anyone can learn and appreciate science. When he’s not doing science or teaching science, you can find him baking, running, container gardening, or napping on his sofa with his cat and dog.
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Alison Dell, Ph.D, Lead Community Scientist, is a molecular biologist and artist. Alison likes creating drawings and designs based on living materials and systems, and likes thinking about how neurons make connections and communicate through cell signaling. Alison believes that science is everywhere and everyone should be welcome in lab, which is one reason she's so excited to join the Biobus team. Dell is co-founder of Art in the Lab - an ongoing series of free public events that mix drawing and laboratory work and is the incoming co-chair of the American Society of Cell Biology's Education Committee. Dell received her Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Pennsylvania, where she now teaches Biodesign in the department of Fine Art and Design.
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Tessa Hirschfeld-Stoler, M.A., M.Phil., Senior Community Scientist, graduated from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in Neurobiology & Behavior. She then entered the Ph.D. program in Cellular, Molecular, Biomedical Sciences at Columbia University where she earned an M.A. and M.Phil researching Alzheimer's Disease and other neurodegenerative disorders. Tessa joined the lab of Mark Ansorge where her research focused on the role of the serotonin system in the development of anxiety and depression disorders. During graduate school, she discovered a deep passion for science education through her 6+ years of volunteer teaching in NYC public schools and as a volunteer at BioBus! As a Scientist at BioBus, she works with students, community partners, and research institutions to provide opportunities for students from all backgrounds to pursue hands-on science experiences and explore science research! Her goal is to support her students to become the next generation of scientists!
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Li Murphy, Interim Director of Community Science, New England, has been involved with BioBus for over a decade, starting as a Junior Scientist in 2012. She holds a degree from Harvard University in Organismic & Evolutionary Biology and Earth & Planetary Sciences. She is an entomologist whose research in Dr. Naomi Pierce’s lab explored how sensory systems and chemical signals coevolved with group-living in halictid bees. Currently, she oversees BioBus’s expansion to the New England area. Li loves building in-person and virtual tools that empower students to engage with ecologies of importance to them. She has experience working with partners from all walks of life to support and enrich BioBus’s mission-driven programs— from multinational corporations and state funding agencies to community gardens and her next-door neighbors. She currently serves on the Mobile Laboratory Coalition Board of Directors and as an American Geophysical Union Local Science Partner. She is a National Geographic recognized educator and a certified Dimensions of Success observer. When not exploring sidewalks and parks in Greater New England with students, she likes to meander worldwide looking for roadside attractions or interesting insects and rocks.
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Marina Delgado, Community Scientist, graduated from Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, where she majored in Interdisciplinary Science––a field that addresses planetary health challenges through the gathering, management and interpretation of data. Marina received a Eugene Lang Opportunity Award and a Mohn Family Foundation Scholarship Award in Summer 2017, funding her research experience at the Centro de Investigación y Extensión Forestal Andino Patagónico in her home country of Argentina, where she studied the endangerment of prehistoric tree Pehuen, and increased awareness of the tree's cultural and sacrilegious importance to Patagonia's indigenous people, los Mapuche. Throughout her college career, she held three merit-based fellowship positions, the last of which focused in culturally-competent science education with a strong foundation in social justice. She recently extended her education in Cornell Small Farm's Community Mushroom Educator training program, in which she studied how to build access to mushroom growing for BIPOC in NYC's Lower East Side. Marina’s community engagement work and service as a fellow has shaped her passion for the intersections between education and social justice. As a bicultural Latina, having the opportunity to give young BIPOC a positive experience with science is especially valuable to her.
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Maia Yoshida, Community Scientist, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, where she majored in Cellular & Molecular Biology. She then spent two years at the Lim Lab at the University of California, San Francisco, studying immune cell cytokine signaling networks and their applications for engineering cell therapies that target cancers. She also headed the lab's outreach efforts, developing programs in collaboration with the Exploratorium and the California College of the Arts and became excited about science education that integrates the arts. This led her to pursue a M.A. in STEM Education at King's College London as a Thouron Scholar. There, she conducted original research with the Institute of Imagination on children’s perceptions of the relationship between maker education and inquiry-based science learning and also interned with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew to develop a program focused on inspiring and supporting youth plant science interests through design-based approaches. Maia believes in BioBus's mission of supporting science education that is relevant, creative, and inspiring, emphasizing that science is everywhere and for everyone!
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Joseph Parziale, Support Community Scientist, was a Junior Scientist intern for multiple summers at BioBus before returning to the team in his current role. Joseph graduated from the Macaulay Honors College at Brooklyn College with a B.S. in Biology. He is excited to make science accessible to all and develop the next generation of young scientists!
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Candida Barreto, Support Community Scientist, graduated from Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts and majored in Interdisciplinary Science; the program focuses on addressing planetary health issues through a social justice lens and applying this knowledge to real-world scenarios. Candida received the Mohn Science and Social Justice Fellowship award from Summer 2019-Summer 2021, which funded her internship experiences at Public Health Solutions working on data analysis for WIC (Women, Infants, and Children), and at BioBus studying soil composition and mycoremediation in NYC Community Gardens, as well as developing outreach models for the hispanic community city-wide. Most recently she worked with the Lower East Side Ecology Center as an education intern where she developed an urban ecology-based curriculum in partnership with Henry Street Settlement. As a native New Yorker, she is passionate about giving back to under-resourced communities throughout the city with a close focus on Hispanic and Immigrant communities.
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Grace Avecilla, Community Scientist, received a B.S. in Biology from the University of Central Florida and a Ph.D. in Biology from New York University. During undergrad, Grace worked in several labs, studying the evolution of grasshoppers, discovering single-celled eukaryotes from ocean water samples, and investigating an insect that transmits bacteria which cause disease in orange trees. As a Ph.D. student, Grace used experimental evolution of baker’s yeast and computer simulations to study how genomes evolve in response to stressful environments. Grace loves talking to students about their questions about the world, and is excited to teach them how they can answer those questions with science!
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Luz Velasco, M. S, Community Scientist, first had contact with BioBus as a volunteer in 2021. She is originally from Guatemala and lived for over ten years in Brazil, where she went to undergrad and grad school and researched rainforests, science education, and science communication. During her bachelor’s degree, she studied carbon stock in forests of Rio de Janeiro and interned in Climate Change laboratories where she studied biodiversity in tropical rainforests. During her master’s degree in Science Communication, she studied using technology as a means of communication to raise awareness for biodiversity conservation. She is pursuing her Ph.D. at Fordham University in Education, specializing in STEM and Innovative Instruction. She is passionate about science and wants to study ways to provide access to science education to society, especially underserved populations.
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Alice Chou, Ph.D, Community Scientist, New England, is a marine neuroethologist with a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. As a doctoral student in the Cronin lab, she discovered a new region in mantis shrimp brains. Driven by questions about the interactions between neural dynamics and climate change, she continued as a postdoctoral research fellow in Eve Marder’s laboratory at Brandeis University while also working as a Fellow with the Brandeis Science Communications Lab. Although she specializes in crustaceans and neuroscience, chapters of her scientific story include bribing monkeys, wrangling skates, and poking honeybee brains. Alice is particularly enthusiastic about catalyzing curiosity about the science embedded in our daily lives through community collaboration and social justice. She has over 10 years of experience teaching informally and formally across age groups, and directed a community-oriented, not-for-profit youth leadership summer camp during college. When life was (mostly) remote, she even leveraged the digitization of our lives to connect with an even broader audience through science podcasts and livestreams. She believes that accessibility is key to making science inclusive and equitable, and is excited to contribute to expanding BioBus into New England
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Bella Duati, Support Community Scientist, New England, received a B.S. in Earth and Environmental sciences from Syracuse University. Bella is the Recipient of the Community Engaged Internship for the 2021 New York Sea Grant. During her internship she helped create a survey and collected data with the goal of standardizing seining methods to improve monitoring efforts. Bella’s undergraduate research project focused on sampling annual growth bands from fossil mollusks as old as 3.5 Million Years! The geochemical signals achieved in the shell help reconstruct how warm Earth’s climate was the last time atmospheric CO2 concentrations were as high as today. Bella’s passion for the ocean led her on a sailing expedition nonstop from San Francisco to Hawaii. Bella’s fervor for exploration is something she is excited to instill in young minds and help to inspire a new generation of scientists.
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Andrea Canova, MA, Program Coordinator is a nonprofit youth development professional originally from Boulder, Colorado. She holds degrees from Colorado State University (BA in International Studies with a concentration in Latin America) and from CUNY School of Professional Studies (MA in Youth Studies). During her undergraduate years, Andrea studied for a year in Argentina and Costa Rica and during her graduate years, she researched youth programs in NYC and Bogotá, Colombia. Over the course of her career, Andrea has worked with youth programs at Global Kids, The New York Hall of Science, the YMCA, and The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute and is excited to continue her career with BioBus! When Andrea is not in the office, you can find her adventuring out of the city, hiking, traveling and spending time with her family and friends.
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Danny Valdes, IT Lead, graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Philosophy. Like Dr. Ben, Danny was wary of getting ‘trapped’ in the world of academia and so moved to New York City in 2009 hoping to make a difference in the field of education. Danny is dedicated to spreading BioBus’ mission of making education a fun and interactive experience accessible to all students. He manages all BioBus technology systems and is a Salesforce Administrator, managing the highly customized database used for program operations and development.
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Robert Horrace, Community Facilities Manager, brings over 30 years of touring and event experience to the BioBus mission. His background includes Event and Logistics Planning, as well as Tour and Production Management in the Entertainment Industry. Robert's extensive Transportation Management experience provides support to our Community Facilities maintenance program, while developing team wellness and ongoing compliance with F.M.C.S.A. and O.S.H.A. safety standards.
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Rory Verga, A.S. , Facilities Specialist and BioBus Driver, earned an Associates degree in Environmental Science from Queensborough Community College. He joined BioBus in the spring of 2017 to help transport the BioBus mobile labs all over New York City, believing in the organization’s mission in making science more accessible to the future generation of scientists. Prior to his arrival at BioBus, Rory drove and operated various kinds of heavy equipment for the NYC Department of Parks urban forestry service for 33 years. Rory is the primary driver for BioBus’s flagship mobile laboratory, a retrofitted 1974 transit bus.
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Raymond Wilkerson, Driver and Program Assistant, joined BioBus in 2015 to help drive the BioBus mobile labs all over New York City. Ray also assists in day to day BioBus vehicle and fleet management. Prior to his arrival at BioBus, Ray worked as a bus driver for the MTA for eight years, many of those years driving the M100 bus in Harlem. He has a Class B CDL and is the primary driver for BioBus’s newest mobile laboratory, a 2017 custom Airstream trailer.
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Sasha Chait, Director of Development, Sasha leads fundraising and development efforts, connecting generous donors with BioBus to bring the excitement of science to students all over New York City. Sasha previously worked at NYU Langone Medical Center, focusing on biomedical research, healthcare for underserved and unique populations, and medical education. Her nonprofit experience also includes Wills Center, a minority-based social and human service agency in Massachusetts, and WomensTrust, a microfinance, healthcare, and education organization in Ghana, West Africa. Sasha earned a B.A. from Clark University in International Development and Social Change with a concentration in social entrepreneurship and nonprofit management.
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Sean Kelly, MA, Development Lead, is a nonprofit development professional from New Hampshire with backgrounds in education and opera. He holds degrees from Hofstra University (BA Classics, BS Music – Vocal Performance) and the University of Notre Dame (MA, Classics), and worked on a doctorate in Classical Language and Literature at the University of Oxford. He was co-founder and director of The People’s Opera, an Oxford-based student-run opera company. As a theater practitioner, Sean is interested particularly in choruses and the way that meaning is produced by, among, and between groups of people. Similarly, as a fundraiser, Sean is interested in community-centric models of nonprofit administration.
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Jocelyn Curran, Government and Communications Associate, is the primary person executing organization-wide and external communications, with responsibilities including the website, social media, and annual report; supporting program communications with flyers and more; and enhancing fundraising communications. She spends about half of her time supporting our NYS and NYC government fundraising, including working with Ben and Latasha to deliver regular communications to the 60 city and state elected officials who support BioBus and arranging for electeds and staff to visit programs.
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Sarah Weisberg, M.Sci., Co-Founder, joined BioBus as a co-founder in 2010 after completing a Master’s of Science degree in Cell Biology at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. Prior, Sarah graduated Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College with a degree in Biology and Linguistics. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at Stony Brook University, where her work explores climate change impacts on fish and on the resilience of marine food webs. There, Sarah is a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded fellow as part of the Scientific Training and Research to Inform Decisions (STRIDE) program. Over her years at BioBus, Sarah has become a leader in science outreach – mobile and stationary; she has served as Chair of the Mobile Laboratory Coalition, as co-founder of SOWING: a network for science outreach, and she regularly develops and implements outreach plans for NSF-funded projects. Sarah is happiest when she is building inclusive science communities and using scientific research to advance equity.
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Susan Meisel, Esq., is Corporate Deputy General Counsel for Sony Music Entertainment where she has provided transactional oversight and global support at the corporate, label and subsidiary levels for over 10 years. Susan began her legal career as a corporate associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, and then held a number of in-house positions, including general counsel positions at Viacom New Media; the non-profit, Institute of International Education; and Village Voice Media. She received both her undergraduate and law degrees from Georgetown University. She also serves on the board of Lirica, a start-up mobile app business for learning languages with the power of music, and Women’s Link Worldwide, a non-profit that uses the power of the law to promote social change that advances the human rights of women and girls, especially those facing multiple inequalities.
Keith Foster is a Partner at Trend Forward Capital where he invests in early stage technology companies. Before Trend Forward Capital, Keith lived in London, UK for 8 years and served as Vice President & Chief of Staff of Trend Micro and prior to that as HR Director, supporting the global field operation. Keith’s organization transformation acumen and international business partnering expertise, assisted in fulfilling Trend Micro’s expansion and vision.
Jared Fox, Ph.D., was the science department chair at Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School (WHEELS) in Manhattan and has been recognized as a Math for America (MƒA) Master Teacher. Prior to teaching at WHEELS, Jared worked as a teacher in Edinburgh, Scotland and served as a Teach for America corps member in the Bronx. Jared holds a Ph.D. in science education from Teachers College, Columbia University where he researched how mobile science labs influence student attitudes towards science.
Stephen Jan, M.S., is a software engineer. His background includes communication applications at Google, e-commerce at Nook.com, digital advertising at Doubleclick.com, and several startups. Stephen has also founded a nonprofit that donates funding, medical equipment, and ambulances to hospitals in Africa, South America, and Asia. Stephen earned both his Masters and Bachelors degree in computer science and a Masters in bioengineering from Columbia University.
John Butler, J.D., is a Policy Advisory for the Office of the Governor in the State of New Jersey. Previously, he was an attorney and a Fellow at the Center for Court Innovation, a criminal justice think tank based in midtown. He has extensive experience in nonprofit management and operations as well as public sector consulting, including: director of fundraising and operations for Big Brothers Big Sisters, co-founding a nonprofit consulting firm offering communications and public relations services to small nonprofits, and co-founding the Iraq Legal Education Initiative at the American University of Iraq. He was also a design fellow at the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies, has represented clients through the Stanford Criminal Defense Clinic, and serves as a Trustee at Frost Valley, YMCA. He is a graduate of Brown University, has a masters in comparative politics from the London School of Economics and a JD from Stanford Law School.
Preston C. Demouchet, Esq., is an attorney in the Trusts and Estates group at Carter Ledyard and Milburn LLP, where he provides tax and estate planning to individuals, families and corporate fiduciaries. Prior to law school, Preston taught middle school math in New York City as a Teach for America Corps member. Preston has been selected to the New York Metro Rising Stars list for Estate Planning and Probate in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Preston holds a B.B.A. in finance from Marymount University and a J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law. Preston is currently pursuing an Executive LL.M in Taxation at Georgetown University Law Center.
Mandë Holford, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in Chemistry at Hunter College and CUNY-Graduate Center, with scientific appointments at the American Museum of Natural History and Weill Cornell Medical College. Her joint appointments reflect her Mollusks to Medicine interdisciplinary research, which combines chemistry and biology to discover, characterize, and deliver novel peptides from venomous marine snails as tools for manipulating cellular physiology in pain and cancer. She is a World Economic Forum New Champion Young Scientist, recipient of the prestigious Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, and an National Science Foundation CAREER awardee. Dr. Holford is actively involved in science education, advancing the public understanding of science, and science diplomacy. In this regard she co-founded several initiatives, including KillerSnails.com, an award-winning learning games company that uses extreme creatures as a conduit to advance scientific teaching and learning, and RAISEW.org, an NSF project to increase women in science. She is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations, the World Economic Forum Expert Network, and a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow. Dr. Holford joined BioBus’s board in 2018.
Joel Oppenheim, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus and Diversity Advisor to the Office of Science Research and serves on the admissions committees for the M.D. and M.D./Ph.D. programs at NYU School of Medicine. Dr. Oppenheim’s leadership has increased the participation of women and minorities in Ph.D. biomedical sciences. He ran an National Institutes of Health-funded research lab, was co-PI on an NIH training grant, served as the microbiology departmental graduate advisor, and served as Senior Associate Dean for Biomedical Sciences and Director of the Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences. In these positions, Dr. Oppenheim oversaw approximately 350 students and over 700 postdoctoral trainees annually, as well as all twelve graduate research training programs. Dr. Oppenheim created the largest university-based career development programs for predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows in the country. He has served on many national advisory committees, on numerous grant study sections, and as a reviewer of National Research Council, National Science Foundation, and National Academy of Sciences reports involved with graduate education, pipeline issues, and the recruitment and retention of underrepresented students to graduate programs. He has spoken widely on topics ranging from how to prepare for and apply to graduate and professional schools to strategies for the recruitment and retention of students and career options. Dr. Oppenheim received the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences Lifetime Mentor Award. He is a founding member of the Leadership Alliance, which received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Engineering and Mathematics. Dr. Oppenheim joined BioBus’s board of directors in Dec. 2018. See his academic biography
Jayne Raper, Ph.D., is a professor of microbiology at NYU School of Medicine.
- Columbia's Zuckerman Institute
- Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens
- Lower Eastside Girls Club (LESGC)
- Lower East Side Ecology Center
- NYU Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSEC)
- Billion Oyster Project
- BraiNY, Greater NYC Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience
- Dana Foundation’s Brain Awareness Week
- Columbia SEBS (Science and Engineers for a Better Society)
- Earth Day NYC
- Girls Prep
- Harlem Week
- Imagine Science Films
- Lowline Lab
- Maker Faire
- Math For America
- New York Hall of Science (NYSCI)
- New York City School District 1
- NYC Department of Education Citizen Science Program
- NYC Department of Youth and Community Development
- RockEdu (Rockefeller University Science Outreach)
- World Science Festival
BioBus is grateful for the support of generous donors and partners, including:
New York City Council and Bronx, Manhattan, and Queens Borough Presidents
New York State Senate and Assembly
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
New York City Economic Development Corporation
Science Sandbox, an Initiative of the Simons Foundation
Richard Lounsbery Foundation
Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation
New York University
Columbia's Zuckerman Institute
City College of New York STEM Institute
West Harlem Development Corporation
BioBus also relies on the generosity of many individuals like you. Thank you.
Learn more at donate.biobus.org.