Pacific northwest bioMedical Innovation Co-Laboratory (PMedIC)

Core Team

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

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Josh Adkins
PNNL Co-Director, PMedIC Core Team Member
Laboratory Fellow, Biochemist, Group Leader
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Joshua Adkins is a biochemist whose research centers primarily on applying cutting-edge mass spectrometry capabilities to nationally important biological research. Josh is the HHS Sector Manager in the Biological Sciences Division. He has 20 years of experience at PNNL where his research has centered on the comprehensive characterization of proteins through space (associated proteins, structural determinants, and localization) and time (before and after treatment, cell cycle, day-night cycle, and evolutionary changes) to better understand biological systems. Josh has used different biological models to highlight the capabilities of PNNL, these models have ranged from host-pathogen interactions to human exercise/physical activity to environmental microbes. Josh works with talented and multidisciplinary teams scientists from PNNL, universities, and other research organizations to pursue scientific impact.

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Jason McDermott
PNNL Education Outreach, PMedIC Core Team Member

Jason McDermott has a joint appointment with the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at OHSU. He has active collaborations in the areas of bacterial pathogenesis, iron homeostasis, cancer, and computational pathway analysis. In PMedic, he works to provide educational opportunities and build stronger connections with students, post-docs, and staff for application of computational methods in biology.

Oregon Health & Science University

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Jamie Lo, MD
OHSU Co-Director, PMedIC Core Team Member
Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Maternal Fetal Medicine
Oregon Health & Science University

Jamie Lo is an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Maternal Fetal Medicine, at OHSU with joint appointments in the Department of Urology at OHSU, and in the Division of Reproductive and Developmental Sciences at the Oregon National Primate Research Center. She received her M.D. from Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Utah. She subsequently pursued fellowship training in Maternal Fetal Medicine and a Masters in Clinical Research at OHSU. She is a physician scientist with a research focus on the effects of environmental exposure (particularly substance use) on reproductive health and offspring outcomes using non-human primate models and human cohorts. Specifically, she studies the underlying mechanisms between maternal environmental factors and placental perfusion and fetal development. The current focus of her laboratory is on the impact of paternal and maternal use of cannabis preconception, and during the pregnancy and postnatal period on reproductive health and offspring outcomes.

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Laura Erker, PH.D.
Director of Strategic Partnerships OHSU School of Medicine, PMedIC Core Team Member

Dr. Erker earned her Ph.D. in biomedical science from the University of California, San Diego in 2004. She has nine years of clinical trial experience and fourteen years of basic research experience. Prior to this position, she served as a faculty member and executive director of the Casey Eye Institute’s Reading Center at OHSU, with primary responsibility for negotiating clinical trial-related budgets and related service contracts with industry sponsors. She now leads the strategic partnerships office in the School of Medicine, connecting faculty with external partners to obtain access to resources needed to build innovative research portfolios.

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Liz Sturgill, PH.D.
Sr. Alliance Manager, Strategic Partnerships, School of Medicine OHSU, PMedIC Core Team Member

Liz Sturgill is a Senior Alliance Manager in the OHSU School of Medicine Office of Strategic Partnerships and assists with the development and maintenance of OHSU's strategic relationship with PNNL. She received her PhD from OHSU, with a focus on viral immune evasion and continued her postdoctoral research in immuno-oncology at Providence Cancer Institute that included multiple academic-industry collaborations. Her prior research experience of 16 years spans multiple disciplines from pharmacology to axonal regeneration utilizing a wide variety of techniques and animal models. Current PMedIC efforts include increasing education and training opportunities for trainees across both institutions as well as strategic engagement with OHSU and PNNL researchers to develop ways to foster new collaborations and broaden existing ones.