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Scientific Advisory Board

GeneTec LLC utilizes the expertise of the Scientific Advisory Board on an ongoing basis in several areas including clinical laboratory medicine and infectious diseases. The use of experts who are independent of the company provides unbiased input that helps GeneTec LLC accelerate development and ensures that the instruments and tests in the pipeline are prioritized and laser focused on the markets and applications where the greatest clinical value can be realized.  The Board also provides feedback on new technologies or intellectual property where they have specific scientific know-how and/or clinical expertise.
The Board has the diversity needed to properly address matters from both domestic and worldwide perspectives

Paul Keim, Ph.D.
Regents’ Professor and Cowden Chair in Microbiology
Department of Biological Sciences
Northern Arizona University

Professor and Director
Pathogen Genomics Division
Translational Genomics Research Institute of Arizona (TGen)

Paul Keim, Ph.D. is the Director of the Pathogen Genomics Division of Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) and a Regents Professor and holder of the Cowden Endowed Chair in Microbiology at Northern Arizona University.  Dr. Keim received his undergraduate degree in Biology and Chemistry in 1977 at Northern Arizona University and his Ph.D. in 1981 at University of Kansas. Dr. Keim has been a professor at Northern Arizona University since 1989. Dr. Keim is internationally renowned for his work in high-resolution genomic forensic analysis of biothreat pathogenic agents such as Bacillus anthracis (anthrax).  His research focuses on the advancement of forensics and genomics analysis of bacterial pathogens. To date his work in pathogen genomics has focused on bolstering of bio-defense through improved forensic analysis, understanding interactions between man and microbe to develop new therapeutics and diagnostics that will alleviate the human ailments caused by dangerous pathogens.

Steve Miller, MD, PhD
Associate Professor and Director
UCSF Clinical Microbiology Laboratory
Laboratory Medicine
Infectious Disease Microbial Pathogenesis
University of California, San Francisco

Steve Miller, M.D., Ph.D. is the Associate Professor and Director, UCSF Clinical Microbiology Laboratory, Laboratory Medicine and Infectious Disease/Microbial Pathogenesis with hospital affiliation(s) at UCSF Medical Center, UCSF Childrens Hospital and Mt. Zion Medical Center. Dr. Miller’s has been the recipient of the Paul E. Strandjord Young Investigator Award and is a College of American Pathologists Foundation Scholar.  His specialty is molecular microbiology and his research and clinical interests include the use of molecular methods for diagnosis and monitoring of clinical infectious disease, particularly in immunocompromised and transplant patients. Conventional clinical testing often is unable to identify pathogens of interest in patient samples, and my research aims to develop methods to better identify infectious agents, which could improve patient care and public health. Current projects include the clinical evaluation and implementation of quantitative PCR measurements of viral illness using microarray and deep sequencing genomic methods.

James Snyder, Ph.D.
Professor of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
University of Louisville

James W. Snyder, Ph.D. is a professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Chief of Microbiology at the University of Louisville Hospital. Dr. Snyder earned his Ph.D. in medical microbiology from the University of Dayton; he is a fellow in the American Academy of Microbiology and a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves.  His specialties include medical mycology, bioterrorism and molecular diagnostics of infectious diseases and he has research interests in product and instrument evaluation; in vitro activity of new antibiotics; fungal physiology, molecular diagnostics, ophthalmic infections and effectiveness of antibiotics. Dr. Snyder serves as the American Society for Microbiology Representative to the Laboratory Response Network Working Group for preparation and response to bioterrorism and emerging infectious diseases. In 2009 Dr. Snyder was honored by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) with the TREK Diagnostic ABMM/ABMLI Professional Recognition Award for his efforts in bioterrorism.

Jessie Trujiilo, Ph.D., DVM
Veterinary Microbiologist/Assistant Professor
Center for Advanced Host Defenses, Immunobiotics and
Translational Comparative Medicine
College of Veterinary Medicine
Iowa State University

Jessie Trujillo, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Veterinary Microbiology and Preventive Medicine at Iowa State University, College of Veterinary Medicine located in Ames, Iowa. She is a microbiologist specializing in molecular medicine, virology and immunology. Dr. Trujillo attained her Ph.D. from the Washington State University, Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology.  Formally trained as a veterinary pathologist (WSU), she is educated and experienced in the recognition of infectious agents, the pathogenesis of disease and host-pathogen interactions. Her academic appointment is within two departments within the College of Veterinary Medicine; Veterinary Microbiology and Preventative Medicine, and Veterinary Diagnostics and Production Animal Medicine. Previously, she held an assistant professor position at Utah State University (USU) in the Department of Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Science. Responsibilities of this position included clinical service as the Veterinary Microbiologist and Section Head of the Molecular Diagnostics, Bacteriology and Serology of the Utah Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.

Richard Webby, Ph.D.
Director, World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Studies on the Ecology of Influenza in Animals and Birds.
Department of Infectious Diseases, Virology and Molecular Biology
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
University of Tennessee

Richard Webby, Ph.D. is a member of the St. Jude Faculty in the Department of Infectious Diseases, Division of Virology at the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee and the Director, World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Studies on the Ecology of Influenza in Animals and Birds.  He received in Ph.D. at the University of Otago in New Zealand and his research interests include influenza virus ecology, influenza vaccination, influenza virus pathogenicity and determinants of host susceptibility to influenza.  Dr. Webby has been the recipient of a number of honors and awards including his work highlighted in 2011 Nature Magazine – The flu catcher. An interview with Richard Webby; World Organization for Animal Health/Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Swine Influenza Expert Group Member; Special Recognition Award “In honor of extraordinary work in H1N1 influenza research.” National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases; member Influenza Advisory Committee, US National Pork Board; and a Research Leader in Public Health and Epidemiology, Scientific American 50.