Born in New York City, Jean Feraca graduated from Manhattanville College in English with honors from Harvard. She completed her M.A. at the University of Michigan where she studied with poet Donald Hall.
Terry Fry, M.D. is a Professor of Pediatrics, Hematology and Immunology and Co-Director of the Human Immunology and Immunotherapy Initiative at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and holds the Robert and Kathleen Clark Endowed Chair in Pediatric Cancer Therapeutics at the Children’s Hospital Colorado.
Mark C. Fishman, M.D., is Professor in the Harvard Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology and Chief of the Pathways Clinical Service at the MGH for patients with complex medical disorders. His current research focus is on the genes that guide social behavior, using genetics of the zebrafish.
Stephan Wolfert left a career in the military for a life in the theatre after seeing Shakespeare’s Richard III. Stephan received his Master of Fine Arts degree from Trinity Repertory Conservatory in Providence, Rhode Island. On Broadway, Stephan created and directed the military segments for Twyla Tharp & Billy Joel’s Tony-Award winning production Movin’ Out and has been a character coach for Cirque du Soleil’s, Mystere.
Charles Cantor is a founder, and Chief Scientific Officer at SEQUENOM, Inc. He is also founder of SelectX Pharmaceuticals, a drug discovery company based in the Boston area; Retrotope, an anti-aging company; and DiThera, a biotherapeutic company.
Elio Riboli holds an M.D. degree and an MPH from the University of Milan and a MSc in Epidemiology from Harvard University. His career started at the National Institute of Cancer in Milan where he conducted research on the carcinogenic effect of occupational exposures, tobacco and alcohol.
Dr. Jane Salmon is the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine. She is the Collette Kean Research Chair and Director of the Lupus and Antiphospholipid Center of Excellence at Hospital for Special Surgery.
Dr. Lee Niswander completed her undergraduate degree in Chemistry at the University of Colorado Boulder and her Master’s degree in Biochemistry and Genetics at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.
Dr. Chunming Ding is the Dean at School of Laboratory Medicine and Life Sciences, Wenzhou Medical University. He obtained a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Biochemistry (1997, Fudan University; 2000, Brandeis University), and Ph.D. degree in Bioinformatics (2003, Boston University).
Dr. Ann Thor is the Todd Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathology at the University of Colorado School Of Medicine, and the former Rader Professor and Chair of Pathology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Dr. Tim Yu is a neurologist and researcher at Boston Children’s Hospital. A graduate of Harvard College, he completed his M.D. and Ph.D. at UC San Francisco and neurology residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital.
Julia Vitarello is founder and CEO of Mila’s Miracle Foundation. Her life has taken her from Washington, D.C., where she grew up, to Amherst College, where she pursued a liberal arts degree, and then to Italy, where she lived and worked for many years.