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We’ve gathered top scientists, researchers and educators from all over the world to shape and guide the next generation of successful biotech leaders. Each member of our faculty holds a Ph.D. and, collectively they have nearly 100 years of industry experience.

Our dedication to hiring only the finest people also extends to BRITE’s support staff. Our postdoctoral fellows are committed to assisting faculty with research while preparing for their own careers. BRITE’s industry relations, marketing, and recruitment staff are essential in the development of critical partnerships and assisting students in planning their career paths. Our administrative staff is key to maintaining BRITE’s highly organized and efficient workplace.


  • Alfred L. Williams, Ph.D. – Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Andy Li, M.D., Ph.D. – Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Carla Edge Oldham, Ph.D. – Assistant Research Professor
  • David S. Thomson, Ph.D. - Director, Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Gordon Ibeanu, Ph.D. - Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Jiahua Xie, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • John E. Scott, Ph.D. - Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Jonathan Z. Sexton, Ph.D. – Assistant Research Professor
  • Kevin P. Williams, Ph.D. – Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Liju Yang, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Tomas Ding, Ph. D. - Associate Research Professor
  • Weifan Zheng, Ph.D. – Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Research Support Staff

  • Audrey Adcock - Senior Scientist
  • Brent Caligan - Automation Specialist
  • Catherine Wooten - Research Scientist
  • Chiu Yueh Hung - Laboratory Technician
  • David Lamson - Senior Scientist
  • Ginger Smith - Senior Scientist
  • Nailya Gilyazova – Senior Scientist
  • Quinping He - Research Scientist
  • Rob Onyenwoke - Research Assistant Professor
  • Srinivasa Dandepally, Ph.D. - Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Syed Ahmad - Research Assistant Professor

Industry Relations, Marketing & Recruitment and Academic Affairs

  • Anthony Ervin - Academic Advisor/Recruiter
  • Linda G. Love - Industrial Relations Manager
  • Natacha Janvier-Derilus – Academic Advisor/Recruiter

Administrative Staff

  • Kai Ding - Research Operations Manager
  • Lemile "Vince" Chandler - Business Service Coordinator
  • Stephanie Cooper - Administrative Support Specialist
  • Wallace M. Cooper - Business Officer
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