Sadia Halim, Ph.D., is a managing director at BNP Paribas in the Financial Institutions Coverage group based in New York. Upon completion of her doctorate in Virology in 2000 from SUNY Albany’s School of Public Health, a collaboration between the NY Department of Health, SUNY Albany and Albany Medical College, she began a career on Wall Street. Sadia offers experience in research, banking, and asset management. She is a CFA Charterholder and a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA). She is also an avid supporter of the Harlem Academy, an independent school serving grades one through eight which the BioBus visits each year, as well as being on the board of AVRI (AIDS Vaccine Research Institute), a 501(c)(3) non-profit research institute committed to the development of a vaccine to prevent HIV infection.
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.
Jared Fox, Ph.D., is 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.
Nicolas Biais, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in Biology at Brooklyn College. After earning his Ph.D. in France, he completed his postdoc in microbiology at Columbia University. Alongside his acclaimed research, his main interest is teaching science, having taught chemistry, physics, and biology to French medical students and people in his home-country, Haiti. He has been a supporter and visiting scientist to BioBus since 2008, and on the board since 2011.
John Butler, J.D., is 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.
Reva Gaur, M.B.A., works in News Partnerships at Facebook, where she leads the partner services team for the News vertical in the US, based out of Facebook’s New York City offices. Prior to Facebook, she spent a decade in the fields of media, communications, marketing and digital strategy, including as Director of Communications for Educational Alliance, a 125-year old nonprofit organization serving over 50,000 New Yorkers per year through a range of education and social services programs. Reva holds a Masters in Business Administration from NYU’s Stern School of Business and a Bachelors in Sociology from Brown University. Reva has been a BioBus volunteer since its inception, helping build the organization from a tiny startup to an internationally recognized model for science education. She has served on the board since 2010 and served as President from 2012 to 2014.
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. Follow her on Twitter @Scimaven and visit her academic biography and lab website.
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.