Co-founder of pgEd; Associate Professor of Biology, Bowdoin College
Jack is interested in fostering relationships between college professors in order to incorporate a greater discussion of the ethical, legal and social issues that surround human genetics into college-level curricula. Jack is currently a Samuel S. Butcher Associate Professor of Natural Sciences at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and a Ph. D. in Cellular and Developmental Biology from Harvard University.
Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Newpath Management, L.P.
Thomas Cahill (M.D., Ph.D.) is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Newpath Management, L.P. (Newpath Partners), a stage agnostic life science private investment fund. The company is headquartered in Boston, MA, and invests in companies with innovative approaches across diverse scientific fields. Newpath’s core focus is on structuring investments to align interests amongst academic founders, management teams, and investor groups in an effort to optimize portfolio company performance.
Prior to founding Newpath Partners, Dr. Cahill worked at Raptor Group, Jim Pallotta’s family-backed private investment firm, where he helped further establish the life science and technology investment portfolio. Dr. Cahill received both his M.D. and Ph.D. from Duke University. His Ph.D. work, with Professor Robert Lefkowitz (Nobel Laureate), focused on the biophysical and structural properties of cellular receptors and their signaling to inform novel drug development and discovery. Dr. Cahill obtained a M.S. in chemistry from Stanford University focused on reaction dynamics and drug delivery in the laboratory of Professor Richard Zare. As an undergraduate, Tom performed research at Cornell University with Professor Roald Hoffmann (Nobel Laureate) focused on theoretical and computational chemistry.
Associate Professor Adjoint of Pediatrics, University of Colorado
Mike Dougherty was Director of Education for the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) from 2008-2018. He currently consults on genomics and health education and serves as Associate Professor Adjoint of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. His work has focused on genomics education for audiences ranging from physicians and other health professionals to genetics faculty, trainees, and students, and he has led research efforts to better understand the teaching and learning of genetics. Prior to joining ASHG, he spent nine years on the biology faculty at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia where he was the McGavacks of Loudoun Chair in Biochemistry and taught genetics, molecular biology, and biochemistry and conducted research on the genetics of neurodegenerative diseases. Dougherty has 25 years of formal genetics education experience, which began when he joined the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS) as a curriculum developer and then eventually served as its associate director. He has authored/co-authored numerous textbooks, genetics curriculum modules, online programs, and scores of research articles. He has served on several boards and was most recently a member of the Genomics and Precision Health Roundtable at the National Academy of Medicine. Dr. Dougherty earned his B.A. degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has been a Burroughs Wellcome Fellow in Alzheimer’s disease and Visiting Senior Lecturer in Eliot College at the University of Kent, UK.
Founder and CEO, Front Line Genomics
Richard Lumb is a scientist and social entrepreneur with an unrelenting passion for improving the positive impact of science and technology on society.
Richard is founder and CEO of Front Line Genomics, a social business with a mission to deliver the benefits of genomics to people faster. Front Line Genomics organizes the Festival of Genomics in London, as well as Special Interest Group meetings and conferences in both the US and Europe. They also publish Front Line Genomics magazine, several industry reports, webinars and a portal website for the genomics community.
Richard set up Front Line Genomics as a direct response to the death of his father from a genetically related illness. He is an advocate for extending the reach of genomics and precision medicine to all people, particularly those in underserved communities.
Richard holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry/protein folding from the University of Manchester, a master’s degree in management from Lancaster University and a bachelor’s degree in physiology from the University of Liverpool.
Deputy Executive Director for Communications, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Ann Merchant has worked in marketing and communications for more than 25 years. She is currently the Deputy Executive Director for Communications at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Washington, D.C., where she is responsible for a number of innovative outreach programs that contribute to an increased public understanding of science. With a special interest in promoting science, engineering, and medicine through non-traditional entertainment channels such as television, film, and videogames, she was instrumental in launching and now overseeing The Science & Entertainment Exchange, a program of the National Academy of Sciences that seeks to connect entertainment industry professionals with top scientists and engineers. She also has responsibility for the institution’s presence at large-scale outreach events such as the USA Science & Engineering Festival. Merchant served for many years as marketing director for the Academies’ publishing division where she and her staff promoted and marketed more than 175 new titles every year.