Current Leadership Team

Thomas Steele Reynolds, Co-Director
Sept 2012 to present
Ph.D. Candidate, Chemical Engineering
Stelle reynoldsSteele graduated from the University of Kansas with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. He is currently working towards his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. His thesis project is concerned with the use of genetic engineering to develop a platform E. coli strain for use in commercial bioproduction.


Amanda Grennell, Co-Director
Sept 2014 to present
Ph.D. Candidate, Chemistry
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Amanda graduated from Western Washington University with a B.S. in Physics and Chemistry. Her undergraduate research involved studying novel light emitting devices that utilize nanocrystals and conducting polymers. At CU Amanda works with Gordana Dukovic, studying the fundamental photophysics and photochemistry of a bio-mimetic system that can turn sunlight into fuel.


Cindy White, Co-Director
May 2015 to present
Ph.D. Candidate, Chemistry

Cindy graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a B.A. in chemistry and from Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville with an M.S. in chemistry. She is currently working towards her Ph.D. in organic chemistry. Her thesis work involves peptide drug synthesis for the detection of highly curved membrane extracellular vesicles.

Richard Batemen, Co-Director
Oct 2014 to present

Angela Boag, Blog Editor
January 2016 to present
Ph.D. Student, Environmental Studies

Angela graduated from Queen’s University with a B.Sc.H in Biology and from the University of British Columbia with an M.Sc. in Forestry. She is currently a Ph.D. student at CU Boulder in Environmental Studies studying climate change and forest management in the Inland Northwest.


Previous Leadership

Will Hartwig, Co-Director
Sept 2012 to Dec 2014
Ph.D. Chemistry, 2015
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Will graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2007 with a B.A. in Chemistry and Biochemistry.  He recieved his Ph.D. in Synthetic Organic Chemistry in May 2015. His graduate research included the synthesis of unnatural opioids and methods development.  As well as being a Co-Director for FOSEP, Will participated in United Government of Graduate Students (UGGS) at the University of Colorado as the Chemistry Department Representative.  His policy interests include genetically modified organisms (particularly in agriculture), alternative transportation, vaccinations, and chemical regulation and safety.



Sydney Kaufman, Co-Director
Jan 2011 to Aug 2013
Ph.D. Chemical Physics 2013
Sydney Kaufman
Sydney Kaufman received a B.Sc. from McGill University, then worked on rural energy issues in Alaska.  She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Chemical Physics at JILA and the University of Colorado Boulder working on gas phase ion chemistry of energetically relevant material.




Danielle Buckley, Co-Director
Nov 2009 to May 2013
Ph.D. Chemistry, 2014
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Danielle received a B.S. in Chemistry at the University of Texas at San Antonio. In her graduate work she studied lead chalcogenide quantum dot colloidal solutions and arrays. She used linear and non-linear ultrafast spectroscopy to study differences in dynamics between solutions and films with bulky, organic ligands and with shorter ligands that allow greader electronic coupling between quantum dots in an array.



Lida Beninson, Co-Director
Sept 2012 to May 2013
Ph.D. Integrative Physiology
Lida Beninson earned her bachelor’s in Neuropsychology from Princeton University and Master of Science in Integrative Physiology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is completing her doctoral studies in Integrative Physiology and completing a graduate certificate in the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research. In addition to her doctoral studies, Lida serves on the editorial board for The Journal of Science Policy and Governance and was a 2012 recipient of the AIBS Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award. Lida has a wide range of research experience from the Monsanto Company, the FDA’s National Center for Toxicological Research, and the National Science Foundation and she has authored several publications covering topics in immunology, biochemistry, undergraduate research initiatives, and science and technology policy

Mirvat Abdelhaq, Co-Director
June 2011 to Aug 2012
Ph.D. Chemistry, 2013
After completing her high school education in Jerusalem Mirvat moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico where she attended the University of New Mexico. At UNM, Mirvat earned degrees in Chemistry and History.  Mirvat received her Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her graduate research concerns the design, synthesis and photophysical characterization of ruthenium polypyridyl complexes that undergo photo-induced intramolecular electron transfer. Her policy interests include United States foreign policy, global and domestic renewable energy policy and STEM education policy.

Khara Ramos, Project Director
Aug 2011 to April 2012
Post-doc, Psychology & Neuroscience
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Khara Ramos graduated with a B.S. in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University, a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of California, San Diego, and worked as a Post-doctoral Fellow with Dr. Linda Watkins at the University of Colorado Boulder. Dr. Ramos’s research focuses on how non-neuronal cells in the nervous system counteract the ability of opioids to control pain, with a particular interest in pharmacological targeting of these non-neuronal cells so as to maximize opioid analgesia while limiting associated side effects. Khara’s policy interests include STEM education policy, domestic and international scientific workforce development policy, domestic health policy, and health diplomacy.


Josh Hewitt, Project Director
June 2011 to Dec 2011
Ph.D. Chemistry

Evan Heisman, Co-Director
Jan 2011 to July 2011
M.S. Engineering

Erik Heath, Co-Director
Jan 2011 to July 2011
MBA Business

Emily Zakem, Co-Director
May 2010 to May 2011
M.S. Environmental Sciences

Ryan Smith, Co-Director
Nov 2009 to Dec 2010
Ph.D. Physics

Andy Edwards, Co-Director
Oct 2009 to May 2010
Ph.D. Integrative Physiology

Ursula Rick, Co-Founder & Co-Director
Aug 2009 to Aug 2010
Post-doc, Center for Science & Technology Policy Research

Melanie Roberts, Co-Founder & Co-Director
Aug 2009 to June 2011
Research Fellow, Center for Science & Technology Policy Research
Assistant Directory, Biofrontiers Institute
Melanie RobertsMelanie founded the first chapter of FOSEP in 2004, as a Ph.D. student in neurobiology and behavior at the University of Washington in Seattle. After completing her Ph.D., she went to Washington D.C. as an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow. In 2006-07, she worked for  Senator Jeff Bingaman on innovation and competitiveness, health policy, and improving science advice for congress. She then moved to the National Science Foundation, where she addressed peer review for interdisciplinary and transformative research, broader impacts of research, and ethics education. Melanie moved to the University of Colorado Boulder in 2009, where she was a visiting fellow at the Science and Technology Policy Research Center and Assistant Director at the Biofrontiers Institute. She co-founded the second chapter of FOSEP at CU Boulder and continues to mentor the group while building a national infrastructure. She now works for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) as the Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences. http://www.aaas.org/page/melanie-roberts


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