Speaker Biographies

Prof. Susan M. 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. She is currently a Principal Investigator on a project funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) and National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the National Institutes of Health, LawSeq: Building a Sound Legal Foundation for Translating Genomics into Clinical Application (1-R01-HG008605). Prof. Wolf is currently a member of the National Academies Committee on Science, Engineering, Medicine and Public Policy, under whose auspices the Committee on Responsible Science issued the 2017 report on “Fostering Integrity in Research.”

Melissa Anderson

Melissa S. Anderson, PhD, is Professor of Higher Education and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development at the University of Minnesota. Her research over the past 30 years has been in the areas of research integrity, scientific misconduct, international research collaboration, and academy-industry relations, with particular attention to the research environment. She was Principal Investigator of a study funded by the National Institutes of Health on integrity in international research collaborations and co-editor, with Nicholas Steneck, of International Research Collaborations: Much to be Gained, Many Ways to Get in Trouble (Routledge, 2010). Prof. Anderson chairs the Committee on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and serves on the editorial boards of Science and Engineering Ethics, The Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics, Research Integrity and Peer Review, The International Journal for Research Integrity, and Accountability in Research. She served for five years as co-chair (with Sabine Kleinert, Senior Executive Editor of The Lancet) of the World Conferences on Research Integrity, and currently sits on the Executive Board of the World Conference on Research Integrity Foundation.

CK Gunsalus

C. K. Gunsalus, JD, is the Director of the National Center for Professional and Research Ethics (NCPRE), Professor Emerita of Business, and Research Professor at the Coordinated Sciences Laboratory. Gunsalus was the Principal Investigator (PI) for the centerpiece project of NCPRE, a national online ethics resource named Ethics CORE, which was initiated with $1.5M from the National Science Foundation. At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she has been on the faculty of the colleges of Business, Law, and Medicine and served as Special Counsel in the Office of University Counsel. In the College of Business, Prof. Gunsalus taught leadership and ethics in the MBA program and was the director of the required Professional Responsibility course for all undergraduates in the college. She was a member of the faculty of the Medical Humanities/Social Sciences program in the College of Medicine, where she taught communication, conflict resolution skills and ethics. In 2013, Prof. Gunsalus was selected as one of 15 for the long list (finalists) for the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Best Business Professor of the Year Award. She was a member of the Committee on Responsible Science, which issued the National Academies report on “Fostering Integrity in Research.”

John Ioannidis

John P.A. IoannidisMD, DSc, is C.F. Rehnborg Chair in Disease Prevention, Professor of Medicine, Professor of Health Research and Policy, Professor (by courtesy) of Biomedical Data Science, Professor (by courtesy) of Statistics, co-Director of the Meta-Research Innovation Center, and Director of the PhD program in Epidemiology and Clinical Research at Stanford University. He has served as President of the Society for Research Synthesis Methodology, and as an editorial Board Member of many leading journals, including PLoS Medicine, The Lancet, Annals of Internal Medicine, JNCI, Science Translational Medicine, Clinical Chemistry, Molecular and Cellular Proteomics, AIDS, International Journal of Epidemiology, Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, Clinical Trials, and PLoS ONE, among others, and as Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Clinical Investigation (2010-present). His 2005 PLoS Medicine paper, “Why Most Published Research Findings are False,” has been the most-accessed article in the history of the Public Library of Science.

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. Along with her teaching duties, Prof. Lawrenz is currently involved in the evaluation of several national science and mathematics programs. She has been recognized by the American Educational Research Association, having been awarded the 2016 Research on Evaluation SIG Distinguished Scholar Award for outstanding contributions to advance research in the field of evaluation, and by the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, with the Distinguished Contributions to Science Education through Research Award for outstanding contributions to science education in 2014. She is currently a Principal Investigator on a project funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) and National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the National Institutes of Health, LawSeq: Building a Sound Legal Foundation for Translating Genomics into Clinical Application (1-R01-HG008605). 

Allen Levine

Allen S. Levine, PhD, is Vice President for Research and Professor of Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Minnesota. Prior to his current position he was Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs; Dean of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences; and Head of the Department of Food Science and Nutrition. He was the Associate Director of Research and a Senior Career Scientist at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center for 26 years. He also founded the NIDDK-funded Minnesota Obesity Center and was its director for 20 years.

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, and is currently Editor-in-Chief of Microbiology Spectrum.

Barbara Spellman

Barbara A. Spellman, JD, PhD, is Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia. Her teaching and research is at the intersection of cognitive and social psychology and the law. From 2011-15, she served as Editor-in-Chief of Perspectives on Psychological Science, a theory and review journal, which published over 100 articles on the replication crisis and scientific reform. She is currently Chair of the TOP (Transparency and Openness Promotion) Coordinating Committee, which designs and promotes good publication practices and is part of the Center for Open Science.

Jakub Tolar

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.

Prof. Leigh Turner

Leigh Turner, PhD, is an Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota Center for Bioethics, School of Public Health, and College of Pharmacy. With co-editors Jill Hodges and Ann Marie Kimball, Turner edited Risks and Challenges in Medical Tourism: Understanding the Global Market for Health Services (Praeger, 2012). With Raymond De Vries, Kristina Orfali, and Charles Bosk, Turner edited The View from Here: Bioethics and the Social Sciences (Wiley-Blackwell, 2007). Turner’s research addresses ethical, legal, and regulatory issues associated with clinics engaged in direct-to-consumer marketing of unproven and unlicensed cell-based interventions. Turner is also the author of numerous publications examining ethical issues related transnational medical travel (also known as “medical tourism”) and globalization of health care.

Rolf Weberg

Rolf Weberg, PhD, is Executive Director of the Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI) at the University of Minnesota Duluth. In that position, he's responsible for overall management of the applied research institute and its three centers: Applied Research and Technology Development, Water and the Environment, and the Center for Economic Development. He is also on the faculty of the Swenson College of Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota Duluth. Prior to coming to UMN-Duluth, Prof. Weberg had a 25-year industrial career, during which he worked in the research and development division of the DuPont Company. He left DuPont in 2014 as the Global Technology Manager for DuPont’s Building Innovations Business–Surfaces Division.

Stella Whitney-West

Stella Whitney-West, MBA, is Chief Executive Officer of NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center, a federally qualified health center that serves over 25,000 residents in North Minneapolis and Hennepin County with comprehensive medical, dental, and behavioral health care. Prior to her appointment, she served as the COO for NorthPoint’s Human Services. Her background includes over two decades of experience working with governance and policy boards of nonprofit organizations as well as extensive senior management experience in the Twin Cities nonprofit community. She has an MBA from the University of St. Thomas and a BS in biology from the University of Minnesota. Ms. Whitney-West serves on the Community Oversight Board of the Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) at the University of Minnesota.

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.