Planning Committee: Research Ethics Conference 2018

Susan Wolf
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).

Kathleen Call

Kathleen Thiede Call, PhD, is a Professor of Health Policy and Management in the School of Public Health. She received the University of Minnesota President's Community-Engaged Scholar Award and is Faculty Liaison for the Clinical and Translational Science Institute. Prof. Call's research interests include disparities in access to health insurance and developing community-engaged research projects focusing on equitable access to health care.

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" Eder, PhD, is Chair of the Biomedical Review Board at the University of Minnesota. He joined the University of Minnesota Department of Family Medicine and Community Health research faculty in 2014. He conducts translational research and focuses on transforming the public's relationship to research, engaging communities in all aspects of research, and improving health outcomes. Eder is also interested in practice-based research to improve patient safety within primary care. Additionally, he is the Associate Director of the U of M Clinical and Translational Science Institute's (CTSI) Office of Community Engagement to Advance Research and Community Health. Previously, he served as the Director of research and evaluation programs at Access Community Health Network in Chicago for 10 years. At this network of federally qualified health centers, he organized and initiated research involving patient safety, health literacy, and health disparities, with the goal of improving individual and community health outcomes. 

Gary Gardner, PhD

Gary Gardner, PhD, is Professor of Horticultural Science at the University of Minnesota. Prof. Gardner is a member of the graduate faculties in Plant Biological Sciences and Applied Plant Sciences; the Advisory Board of the Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute; and the Executive Committee of the Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences.

Sarah Gollust

Sarah Gollust, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Health Policy & Management the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota. Prof. Gollust conducts research on the influence of communication in health policy and the factors that shape public opinion and the policymaking process. Areas of research and teaching interest include health disparities, policies to prevent childhood obesity, cancer screening, and ethical issues in public health practice and policy. 


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 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.

Frances Lawrenz

Frances Lawrenz, PhD, is Professor of Educational Psychology and Associate Vice President for Research at the 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.

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. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) and the Council on Foreign Relations. He has 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 in the prestigious 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.

Jakub Tolar, MD, PhD

Jakub Tolar, MD, PhD, is Dean of the Medical School; Interim Vice President for Health Sciences; McKnight Professor of Pediatrics; Edmund Wallace Tulloch and Anna Marie Tulloch Chair in Stem Cell Biology, Genetics and Genomics; and Director of the University of Minnesota Stem Cell Institute. Prof. Tolar's research focuses on using hematopoietic stem cell transplant as a treatment for rare genetic disorders including Hurler syndrome and dyskeratosis congenital, and has achieved international recognition for his work in caring for patients with recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa.

Robert Tranquillo

Robert Tranquillo, PhD, is a Distinguished McKnight University Professor and Head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. His research is focused on cardiovascular tissue engineering; he led the team that developed the use of the "tissue-equivalent" as a replacement for a diseased or damaged small diameter arteries, heart valves, and myocardia. This therapy has the potential to revolutionize the care and treatment of patients with heart defects, by growing tissue that could replace a faulty valve, heal itself, and grow with the patient. 

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 oversees 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.