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Team

Leadership

Director, Sharon Gerecht

Sharon Gerecht became associate director of INBT in January 2016 and director of INBT in January 2017. She is a Kent Gordon Croft Investment Management Faculty Scholar and professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Materials Sciences and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. Her research interests are in the field of microenvironmental regulation of cell fate.   She received her PhD in Bioengineering from the Israel Institute of Technology (’04) and postdoctoral training in bioengineering (2004-2007) at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology.

Associate Director, Hai-Quan Mao

Hai-Quan Mao has been associate director of INBT since January 2016. He is a professor in the Department of Materials Sciences and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University with appointments in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Translation Tissue Engineering Center at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. His research interests are in polymeric nanomaterials for regenerative engineering, therapeutic delivery, and immunoengineering. He received his PhD in polymer chemistry (’93) from Wuhan University and postdoctoral training in biomedical engineering (’95-98) at Johns Hopkins University.

Administration

Senior Administrative Director, Ada Simari

Ada Simari joined the INBT team in August 2018. She has an MBA in Management from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and over 15 years of experience in financial management and research administration. Ada works closely with INBT’s directors and staff to provide professional, high quality support to researchers and students to improve processes, policies, and lead long-term strategies.

Telephone | 410-516-3423
Email | asimari@jhu.edu

Administrative Coordinator, Sky Tharp

Sky assists INBT personnel and visitors with all administrative needs, in addition to processing administrative paperwork, maintaining lists, and lab rosters. Her customer service background helps the Institute accomplish their goals efficiently and fluidly. Sky’s commitment to quality services supports our multidisciplinary team as they work to transform the nanomedicine field.

Telephone | 410-516-5634
Email | htharp@jhu.edu

Budget Analyst, Jon French

Jon is responsible for many of the day-to-day financial transactions in the Institute; ensuring that all revenue and expenses are accounted for, and maintaining compliance within the established rules and regulations. He is in charge of tasks such as budgeting, purchasing, payments, auditing, and reconciliation of sponsored and non-sponsored accounts, which helps researchers to continue to make great strides with their research. He improves INBTs existing systems and processes and creates new ones to maximize INBTs efficiency. His BS in business administration and years of experience in accounting help INBT to perform bold, new research.

Telephone | 410-516-5636
Email | afrench5@jhu.edu

Senior Grants and Contracts Analyst, Carla Dodd

Carla monitors and oversees INBT’s extensive research portfolio. She works with INBT’s scientists to locate and secure various types of funding sources for their research. In addition, she ensures that secured funding adheres to the organization’s guidelines such as proper award distribution, progress reports, and financial reports. She is a certified research administrator and has worked in the profession at the University of Illinois-Chicago and Northwestern University. Her interests in research administration and finance helps INBT continue with their collaborative endeavors to pioneer new research discoveries.

Telephone | 410-516-0701
Email | cdodd1@jhu.edu

Grants and Contracts Analyst, Lateai Jones

Lateai works with Carla to facilitate the day-to day operations to manage INBT’s research portfolio. She works with INBT’s researchers to identify, acquire, and maintain various types of funding sources. In addition, she ensures that secured funding adheres to the organization’s guidelines such as proper award distribution, progress reports, and financial reports. Lateai has over thirteen years of experience in financial services and risk management, including highly analytic roles in both corporate institutions and non-profit organizations. Her wide range of financial servicing experience helps INBT take their research to new heights.

Telephone | 410-516-2996
Email | ljones96@jhu.edu

Director of Academic Programs, Camille Mathis

Camille manages and facilitates the many successful educational programs at INBT like the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), the Nanotechnology for Cancer Research training program, and the International Research Experience for Undergraduates (IRES), among others. Her dedication to INBT ensures that the institute’s educational programs provide students with the training they need to be successful, interdisciplinary scientists. She has worked in higher education for over 10 years as a former Assistant Director of Military and Veterans Advising and as an Academic Advisor. Her professional experience and MS degree in management with a specialization in human resource management preserves INBTs commitment to education.

Telephone | 410-516-6572
Email | cmathis@jhu.edu

Operations

Communications Specialist, Gina Wadas

Gina manages many communication channels to showcase the ongoing work at INBT. She translates INBT’s innovative and revolutionary work to diverse audiences over multiple platforms. She uses her cumulative knowledge and experience from a BS in biology, MS in science and technology journalism, and teaching science communications in academia, to promote INBTs extraordinary presence in the nanotechnology field. Gina also teaches science communications workshops to students in the REU program and Certificate of Advanced Study in NanoBioTechnology.

Telephone | 410-516-4802
Email | ginawadas@jhu.edu

Director of Corporate Partnerships, Luke Thorstenson

Luke works with industrial partners to establish collaborative opportunities for INBT students, faculty, and researchers. He manages INBT’s longstanding collaboration with The Inter-University MicroElectronics Center (imec) in Leuven, Belgium as part of our NSF-sponsored International Research Experience for Students (IRES) program. Luke also manages the innovative cooperative education program for MS students. Luke worked in the regenerative medicine sector with different organizations such as at the Alliance for Regenerative Medicine, Adjuvant Partners, and Hitachi Chemical. Prior to his work in regenerative medicine, Luke worked in policy and advocacy, both for non-profit organizations as well as in the House of Representatives. Luke has a MBA, with a  focus on health care management, from Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and an undergraduate degree in Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin.

Telephone | 410-516-8891
Email | lthorst1@jhu.edu