Planning Committee

Susan Wolf

Susan M. Wolf, JD, is Chair of the conference planning committee. She is McKnight Presidential Professor of Law, Medicine & Public Policy; Faegre Baker Daniels Professor of Law; and Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota. Prof. Wolf is Chair of the Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  Prof. Wolf's research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF) as well as private foundations including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Greenwall Foundation.

Prof. William Arnold

William Arnold, PhD, is Distinguished McKnight University Professor, Joseph T. and Rose S. Ling Professor, and Associate Department Head in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo-Engineering at the University of Minnesota. His research focuses on water pollutants, and seeks to understand how organic pollutants (like industrial solvents, pesticides, and pharmaceuticals) behave in natural systems (such as lakes and rivers) and engineered systems (like drinking water pipes and wastewater treatment technologies).

Prof. Gregory Cuomo

Gregory Cuomo, PhD, is Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs in the University of Minnesota's College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS). He is a Professor in the Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics, Deputy Director of the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station (MAES), and Division Head of CFAN's 10 outstate research and outreach centers.

Mickey Eder

Milton "Mickey" EderPhD, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. His research interests include quality and safety within primary care office systems and engaging diverse communities in all aspects of research with the goal of translating knowledge into improved health outcomes. He is Associate Director of the U of M Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and Director of the Office of Community Engagement to Advance Research and Community Health. He has chaired and served on AHC biomedical review boards.  Previous research and program evaluation regarding patient safety, health literacy, and health disparities, helped improve patient outcomes within a Federally Qualified Health Center network.

Sarah Gollust

Sarah E. Gollust, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management in the School of Public Health, University of Minnesota. Prof. Gollust is a social scientist examining the processes through which health information is presented in the media, shapes public attitudes and opinions, and influences the health policy process. She has applied this research approach in studying obesity, health disparities, the Affordable Care Act, and cancer screening and prevention. She is a past Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania and Bioethics Fellow at NIH.


Megan Gunnar, PhD, is Regents Professor; Distinguished McKnight University Professor; Director (Department Chair) of the Institute of Child Development; and Associate Director, Center for Neurobehavioral Development, all at the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on how children and adolescents regulate stress physiology and emotions and the impact of early life stress on brain and behavioral development.

brian herman

Brian Herman, PhD, is Professor of BioMedical Engineering in the College of Science and Engineering, and previously served as the Vice President for Research, at the University of Minnesota. Before coming to Minnesota, Dr. Herman was Professor and Chair of the Department of Cellular and Structural Biology, and then Vice President for Research, at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He is a past recipient of an American Cancer Society Faculty Research Award (1991-1995) and two NIH National Institute on Aging “Method to Extend Research in Time” (MERIT) Awards (1994-2004, 2005-2015).

David Ingbar

David H. Ingbar, MD, is Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine; Division Director, Department of Medicine; and Director, Research Education, Training, and Career Development (CTSI-Ed), Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), all at the University of Minnesota. His clinical interests are acute lung injury/ARDS, respiratory failure, pulmonary embolism, hemoptysis, critical care, and pulmonary edema. Prof. Ingbar is past-President of the American Thoracic Society.

Amy Kircher

Amy Kircher, DrPH, is Director of the Food Protection and Defense Institute, a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence, and Assistant Professor in the University of Minnesota's College of Veterinary Medicine. Prof. Kircher coordinates a research consortium dedicated to protecting the food system. Her current research includes identification and warning of food disruptions through data fusion and analysis. Prior to coming to the University of Minnesota, Dr. Kircher held epidemiologist positions at NORAD – US Northern Command and with the United States Air Force.

Frances Lawrenz

Frances Lawrenz, PhD, is Associate Vice President for Research and Wallace Professor of Teaching and Learning in the Department of Educational Psychology, which is part of the College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on science and mathematics program evaluation, utilizing a variety of techniques and usually involving mixed methodologies. She was recognized by the American Educational Research Association, receiving the 2016 Research on Evaluation SIG Distinguished Scholar Award and by the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, with the Distinguished Contributions to Science Education through Research Award in 2014.

Tucker LeBien

Tucker LeBien, PhD, is a Professor of Laboratory Medicine & Pathology; Director of the Office of Discovery and Translation in the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI); and Senior Advisor for Research Operations in the Office of Academic Clinical Affairs, all at the University of Minnesota. In addition to his administrative, research advocacy and oversight roles, Prof. LeBien serves as the University's liaison to the University of Minnesota-Mayo Partnership in Biotechnology and Medical Genomics. That innovative collaboration is focused on positioning the state of Minnesota as a world leader in biotechnology and biomedical research. Since its founding in 2003, the Partnership has attracted more than $160 million in new grant funding from the National Institutes of Health.  

Michael Osterholm

Michael T. OsterholmPhD, MPH, is Regents Professor; McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair in Public Health; the Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP); and Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota. He is also a Professor in the Technological Leadership Institute, College of Science and Engineering, and an Adjunct Professor in the Medical School. Prof. Osterholm is a member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) and the Council on Foreign Relations, and is currently serving as one of the US Department of State's international Science Envoys. He has previously served as a high-level advisor on issues related to bioterrorism, public health preparedness, and infectious diseases.

Mike Sadowsky

Michael Sadowsky, PhD, is Director of the BioTechnology Institute; Professor in the BioTechnology Institute and Department of  Soil, Water & Climate; and serves on the faculty of 10 Graduate Programs, all at the University of Minnesota. Prof. Sadowsky is a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is internationally known and respected for his research work in the area of fecal microbiota transplantation and environmental microbiology.

John E. Wagner

John E. Wagner, Jr., MD, is McKnight Presidential Chair in Childhood Cancer Research; Children's Cancer Research Fund/Hageboeck Family Endowed Chair in Pediatric Oncology; Professor and Director of Blood and Marrow Transplantation in the Department of Pediatrics; Scientific Director of Clinical Research at the Stem Cell Institute; and Co-Director of the Center for Translational Medicine at the University of Minnesota.  Prof. Wagner has led the University of Minnesota's Cord Blood Transplantation Program in the treatment of adults and children and is responsible for its international prominence, having first pioneered its use in 1990 in leukemia.

Sarah Waldemar

Sarah Waldemar is Director of the Research Compliance Office, an independent unit that helps ensure that University of Minnesota research complies with relevant laws, rules, policies, and guidelines. She has served the University for more than 37 years, including as Director of Research Education and Oversight; Head of the Office of Oversight, Analysis, and Reporting; and Administrative Director of the Division of Environmental Health Sciences in the School of Public Health. She has coordinated multi-center clinical trials and been a leader in the University’s risk recalibration activities. She holds a B.A. from the University of Minnesota and is a graduate of Minnesota Partnership for Executive Leadership Development.

Doug Yee

Douglas Yee, MD, is Director of the Masonic Cancer Center, Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology, and John H. Kersey Chair in Cancer Research at the University of Minnesota. As Director of the Cancer Center, he serves as the point person for all cancer research at the University. He also treats patients with breast cancer and conducts research to improve cancer therapies.

Philip David Zelazo

Philip David Zelazo, PhD, is the Nancy M. and John E. Lindahl Professor, Department of Psychology, Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota. From 1992-2007, he taught at the University of Toronto, where he held the Canada Research Chair in Developmental Neuroscience. Prof. Zelazo's research focus is developmental psychology and neuroscience, with particular attention to executive function (conscious control of thought, action, and emotion).