Biotechnology PhD Training Program



Corporate Advisors

Ernie Pérez Almodóvar, PhD
Director of Manufacturing at Amgen responsible for 70% of Amgen’s drug filling needs. Joined Amgen in 2012 as a member of the downstream process development team that developed and implemented improvement projects and complete technology transfers at multiple commercial facilities. BTP alum with PhD from UVa’s Department of Chemical Engineering, graduating with Louis T. Rader and L. William Ballard, Jr. awards in the lab of Giorgio Carta, PhD.

Stacey Gorski, PhD
Associate Director of Medical Excellence & Training in the Medical Affairs department at Sanofi Pasteur, one of the world’s largest vaccine manufacturers. Joined Sanofi Pasteur in 2017 as Deputy Director of Medical Science Liaison. Maintains an active appointment as Dean’s Faculty at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia where she is a professor of immunology in the College of Pharmacy. BTP alum with PhD from the UVa Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology in the lab of Tom Braciale, MD, PhD.

George R. Martin, PhD
Member of the Scientific Advisory Board, Greystone Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Chief of the Scientific Advisory Board,
Fibrogen, Inc (San Francisco, CA), former Chief Technical Officer and Senior Vice-President at Fibrogen, former Scientific Director of the National Institute of Ageing, former Chief of the Laboratory of Developmental Biology and Anomalies, National Institute of Dental Research (Bethesda, MD).

Robert McKown, PhD
Professor, ISAT, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA. Directs the Biomanufacturing Lab at JMU and has a background in industry as a scientist at Advanced Genetic Sciences (Oakland, CA) and DNA Plant Technology Corp. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Virginia Biotechnology Association, 2003 winner of the VaBio Educator of the Year award and faculty advisor for the JMU student chapter of the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering.