Consortium Staff

Dori Henderson

Dori Henderson, PhD
[email protected]
(612) 626-5624 

Dori Henderson is the Senior Administrative Director for the Consortium, where she is responsible for fiscal management, strategic planning, and the coordination of grants. She earned a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Minnesota, and has held several administrative leadership positions, both within and external to the University of Minnesota. 

Jeff Holmquist

Jeff Holmquist
[email protected]
(612) 625-2948

Jeff Holmquist is the Director of Strategic Communications and Outreach for the Consortium. He oversees all communications and marketing activities, including strategy, media relations, and outreach. Prior to working for the Consortium, he worked in communications departments at nonprofits and newspapers in Colorado, Wisconsin and Minnesota. He has a BA from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

Debra Mock

Debra Mock
(612) 625-7748

Debra Mock is Administrative Associate 1 for the Consortium. Her responsibilities include providing administrative and operational support for the Consortium grant programs and for the programmatic activities and events; plus providing administrative support to the Consortium Chair. Prior to working for UMN, Deb worked at Trinity College, Skidmore College, and Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Science. She also worked for a CEO of an orthopedic group. She has a BA in political communications from George Washington University.

Francis Shen

Francis X. Shen
[email protected]
(612) 626-2847

Francis X. Shen is a Professor and Solly Robins Distinguished Research Fellow at the University of Minnesota Law School, and also a Faculty Member in the UMN Graduate Program in Neuroscience. He is Co-Chair of the Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences. He directs the Shen Neurolaw Lab and is Chief Innovation Officer of the Center for Law, Brain & Behavior at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Susan M. Wolf, JD

Susan M. Wolf, JD
[email protected]
(612) 301-3905, (612) 625-3406

Professor Susan M. Wolf is a Regents Professor; McKnight Presidential Professor of Law, Medicine & Public Policy; Faegre Drinker Professor of Law; and Professor of Medicine. She is Chair of the Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences and Founding Director of the Joint Degree Program in Law, Science & Technology.

Research Assistants & Student Staff

Renee DeMars Dehn

Renee DeMars Dehn, BS Candidate

Renee DeMars Dehn is a Student Communications and Research Assistant for the Consortium. She is an undergraduate student at the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication studying Strategic Communications: Advertising and Public Relations with a minor in User Experience Design. She is also involved in the Hubbard Student Ambassador program and the Veterinary and Biomedical Research Department.

Melissa Hartley

Melissa Hartley, JD Candidate

Melissa Hartley is a second-year law student at the University of Minnesota Law School and a Research Assistant for the Shen Neurolaw Lab and the Consortium. She received her B.S. in Cognitive Science from the University of California Santa Cruz and worked in medical device clinical research prior to coming to law school. Melissa's interests include exploring how law and policy responds to technological innovation and modern ethical and social issues.

Adam Koch

Adam Koch, JD Candidate

Adam Koch is a rising 2L J.D. Candidate at the University of Minnesota Law School. Adam studied political science and religion at Drake University, graduating in 2022. He is excited to further explore the relationship between law and health.

Makenna Law

Makenna Law, JD Candidate

Makenna Law is a Research Assistant in the Shen Neurolaw Lab at the Consortium. Makenna primarily works on the Dana Foundation Career Network in Neuroscience and Society. Her research interests broadly lie at the intersections of bioethics, health policy, neuroscience, and aging. She has a BA from Tufts University in Science, Technology, and Society (STS) and Biopsychology.

Sophia Lee

Sophia Lee, BSB Candidate

Sophia Lee works for the Consortium as the Student Communications & Research Assistant. She is an undergraduate student at the Carlson School of Management studying Supply Chain & Operations Management and Management Information Systems with a minor in Accounting. She holds positions on the board of Globe UMN and the Supply Chain and Operations Club. 

Peter Lyon

Peter Lyon, JD Candidate

Peter Lyon is a second-year law student at the University of Minnesota with interests in healthcare and business. Prior to attending law school, he worked as a paralegal for a disability-focused law firm and a vocational expert in Iowa. 

Molly Madzelan

Molly Madzelan, PhD Candidate

Molly Madzelan is a PhD Candidate in Psychology at the University of Minnesota, College of Liberal Arts. Her research interests include gender prejudice and political psychology. She holds a BA in psychology from Bates College.

Craig McFarland

Craig McFarland, BS Candidate

Craig McFarland is a current undergraduate at Harvard College and a Shen Neurolaw Lab Research Assistant. His research interests lie at the intersection of neuropsychiatric disorders, law, ethics, and policy.

Muhammad Guntur Purwanto

Muhammad Guntur Purwanto, PhD Candidate

Muhammad Guntur Purwanto is a Ph.D. candidate in the STEM Education program at the College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Guntur's research interests revolve around epistemic practices of engineering (EPE), centering analysis on students' discourse in engineering classroom activities. Before doing a Ph.D. journey, Guntur was a Fulbrighter from Indonesia, studying Science Education at the UMN. Guntur also has a background in Physics from Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia.

Ian Stevens

Ian Stevens, MA, MSc

Ian Stevens, MA, MSc is a research assistant in the Department of Neurological Surgery at the Oregon Health & Science University. He received his MA in Philosophy with a focus on Neuroethics through the University of Tasmania in Australia and his MSc in Bioethics from Harvard Medical School. His prior publications have focused on the intersection of philosophy, medicine, and neuroscience, particularly the ethics of deep-brain stimulation devices.

Lowell Wolfe

Lowell Wolfe, JD Candidate

Lowell Wolfe is a rising 2L J.D. Candidate at the University of Minnesota Law School. Lowell received his Bachelor of Arts with First-Class Honors from McGill University in 2022. He is interested in the relationship between the law and medical device product liability.

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