Julie G. Allickson, PhD, Director, Translational Research
Dr. Julie Allickson focuses on the translation of regenerative medicine products including cell therapy, tissue engineering, biomaterials and devices. This process begins at Proof-of-Concept where early discussion with regulators and clinicians are critical in moving the technology from the bench to the bedside. The Translational Team includes Quality Assurance, Quality Control, Regulatory Affairs, Process Development and the GMP-complaint Manufacturing Facility.

Jo Barlow, Research Administrative Coordinator 
Ms. Barlow is responsible for coordinating a variety of administrative research activities for WFIRM faculty, including pre-award efforts, proposal submission, and post-award management to assure that research projects comply with institutional and sponsor requirements.  She joined WFIRM in June 2008 after an extensive career with a major financial institution.

Cassie Barnes, Project Coordinator                                                              Ms. Barnes is responsible for assisting in the management of AFIRM II. She has previous experience in project coordination and management with various companies in North Carolina. She recently graduated from UNC Wilmington with a BS in Business Administration. 

Terri Bowen, Administrative Manager
Ms. Bowen came to the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine in August of 2005 from the airline industry, bringing over 22 years of diverse administrative experience. In her role as Administrative Manager, she is responsible for the administrative support functions of the department, which covers over 270 faculty and staff and she directs the activities of the administrative staff.

Erwin V. Cammaart, MS, MBiotech, Assistant Director, Process Development
Mr. Cammaart leads a process development team within the Regenerative Medicine Clinical Center (RMCC) to develop GMP-compliant processes for the manufacture of clinical products related to cell therapy, tissue engineering, biomaterials and devices. Previously, he worked at Johnson & Johnson for 14 years, where he developed processes for the manufacture of monoclonal antibodies, and more recently, an allogenic cell therapy product. Mr. Cammaart originates from the Netherlands where he received a Masters degree at the University of Wageningen, and a second Masters in Biotechnology at the Technical University of Delft.

Cara A. Clouse, DVM, Research Associate
Dr. Clouse is the strategic and tactical coordinator of animal-based pre-clinical research projects. As a compliance officer and Institutional Animal Care and Use committee liaison, she counsels primary investigators regarding adherence to federal, state, local, and institutional regulations. Her purview includes managing daily operations, executing animal use proposals, and assisting in the design, planning, and implementation of translational research strategies. More

Kathryn Drinkuth, MA, Web and Social Media Manager 
Ms. Drinkuth is responsible for maintaining the WFIRM website and social media accounts. She also assists with media relations. She obtained her bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida and her MA in Strategic Communication from High Point University.

Thomas Eaton, MS, Lab Operations Manager
Mr. Eaton is responsible for laboratory operations and equipment. Prior to joining WFIRM, he was a Lecturer at UNC –Wilmington and spent 25 years in operations management for two Fortune 500 companies and his own print communications operation. He has been at WFIRM for seven years.

Beth Fordham-Meier, Director, IP Transactions

Ms. Fordham-Meier is a Certified Licensing Professional with over twenty years experience in business development, licensing and IP management.  Ms. Fordham-Meier serves as Director of IP Transactions for Wake Forest Institute of Regenerative Medicine and is founder and principal of NovoCreation Consulting, LLC, advising biopharma companies and research institutions in business development, licensing and IP optimization. At Targacept from 2003-2010, culminating in the position of VP, Licensing and Intellectual Property, Ms. Fordham-Meier generated over $650 million through deals she negotiated with global pharma and served on the CEO’s Portfolio Management Committee and led Targacept’s IP function.  Prior to Targacept, Ms. Fordham-Meier founded and led business development for biopharma start-up Pilot Therapeutics and directed Wake Forest University’s technology transfer office.

Joanne Gray, Administrative Secretary
Ms. Gray joined WFIRM in 2009 and brings over 25 years of experience in diverse environments (profit and non-profit organizations) throughout North Carolina.

Emily Gregg, Web and Social Media Manager
Ms. Gregg is responsible for maintaining the website and social media accounts for WFIRM, and assisting with other communications needs. She received her Bachelors in Graphic Design from Meredith College and brings marketing experience from various industries including local government, higher education, and healthcare technology. 

Lisa Hinshaw, Project Manager I 
Ms. Hinshaw is responsible for the organization and management of clinical trials at the Regenerative Medicine Clinical Center (RMCC). Lisa holds a Masters in Public Health from UNC Greensboro. Previously she worked in Diagnostic Radiology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center for 10 years as the study coordinator for the National Lung Screening Trial and various other clinical trials.

Joshua Hunsberger, PhD, Research Associate 
Dr. Joshua Hunsberger is currently a research associate at Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) under the leadership of Dr. Anthony Atala. In this position, he is working on director initiatives to translate regenerative medicine technology into the clinic to treat patients. More

Genevra Kelly, MPH, Institute Partnerships
Genevra Kelly, MPH, focuses on developing public and private sector collaborative partnerships and resources in support of the work of the Institute. She has an extensive background in higher education, healthcare, and non-profit markets, and federal, private, and corporate resource development. Her areas of expertise include collaborative partnerships, including initiating, designing, and establishing new public health focused research and patient care programs; federal grant management, including pre and post award processes and grants oversight; non-profit management; and capital campaign design, constituent relations, marketing, public relations, communications, and strategic planning. Before joining WFIRM she most recently served the Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy and Presbyterian College as Director of Grants and Sponsored Programs, PI on an NIH BRAD (Biomedical/Biobehavioral Research Administration Development) grant, and Executive Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations. She is a graduate of Salem Academy, Davidson College (BS – Biology) and USC (MPH). Please contact Ms. Kelly ( regarding opportunities for collaboration and partnership as well as for information on philanthropic opportunities.

Beth Manning, Administrative Secretary
Ms. Manning has recently joined the Institute for Regenerative Medicine, bringing 15 years of experience with Wake Forest Health Sciences. She provides support for faculty and other administrative positions.

Linda Mason, Assistant Director, Sponsored Programs
Ms. Mason came to the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine in October of 2009 from the newspaper industry, with 23 years of managerial and administrative experience. She relocated to the Triad area from Long Island, NY 3 ½ years ago. She coordinates a variety of administrative research activities for assigned departments, including pre-award efforts, proposal submission, and post-award management to assure that research projects comply with institutions and sponsor requirements.

Todd R. Meinecke, MBA, Assistant Director,
Quality Assurance/ Quality Control

Mr. Meinecke’s main responsibility within WFIRM is to build and augment quality management systems within the Regenerative Medicine Clinical Center to meet regulatory requirements. This includes internal auditing, investigations, validations and oversight of the quality control functions associated with a facility charged with production under GMP and GTP requirements. More

Cecilia Rambarat, Project Coordinator
Ms. Rambarat assists with the management of the AFIRM II cooperative agreement. Along with compiling scientific and technical  reports, facilitating various administrative/clinical trial teleconferences, monitoring dispersion and spending of funds, and maintaining communication within the consortium, Ms. Rambarat reviews and submits the human-use documentation for all clinical trials and cadaver use within AFIRM II. She joined us in June 2015 after graduating from Wake Forest University with a degree in Chemistry and two years of experience as an Emergency Medical Technician.

Karen Richardson, Communications Manager 
Ms. Richardson is communications manager for the institute as well as the Dept. of Urology, a position that includes marketing, public relations and media relations. Her experience ranges from editing a weekly paper to working in corporate marketing communications. She is a graduate of the UNC School of Journalism.

Joan Schanck, MPA, Academic Research Program Officer
Ms. Schanck's work is focused on providing high- quality educational programming within the field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine science as well as to increase awareness of WFIRM’s leadership role within this promising field of biomedicine. More

Lynn Stedman, Director of the Office of Research Administration 
Ms. Stedman recently joined WFIRM as the inaugural Director of the Office of Research Administration. She obtained her MBA from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and brings 30+ years of private sector and independent and academic research institute experience in industry and government contracts, contract manufacturing, financial analysis and business management.

Kari C. Tetrault, MPA, Grants Administrator 
Ms. Tetrault's main responsibilities include facilitating the acquisition of extramural funding for WFIRM investigators in the preparation and submission of proposals. She will coordinate pre-award efforts, proposal submission, and post-award management. She brings with her five years of experience in grants and contract administration. Previously she worked in the Office of Research at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital and most recently worked at the Reynolda House Museum of American Art where she was a grants and stewardship manager.

Donna Tucker, Administrative Secretary
Ms. Tucker joined the Institute for Regenerative Medicine in 2012. She brings 10 years of experience with Piedmont Airlines and US Airways. She provides support for faculty and other administrative positions. 

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