Jeffrey S. Garanich, Ph.D. is Director of the Master’s in Translational Medicine (MTM) Program at the City College of New York (CCNY). In this role, his primary responsibilities include leading recruiting efforts to expand the Program’s student base, engaging medical technology industry partners, and managing administration of a curriculum that trains students from diverse educational backgrounds in the core competencies required to successfully carry a medical technology from the lab bench through to the patient bedside. Prior to joining CCNY, Garanich served as Director Business Development with Actuated Medical, Inc. where he led investor and strategic partner engagements to accelerate device time to market and enhance sales of commercialized products. Garanich also previously worked as a Director at The Sapphire Group LLC, a holding company in New York City with assets in healthcare, new media, energy, education and unique innovations to support counterterrorism. Here, he led growth initiatives for multiple Sapphire portfolio companies, some of which began with company formation (founder level). Previous to Sapphire, Garanich spent six years with Boston Scientific Corporation. During this time, he progressed from a doctoral entry-level position to manage the day-to-day activities of five direct reports along with the operation of a corporate cell biology research laboratory staffed with ten scientists. He also worked with senior management to propose and develop a cross-Divisional collaboration network to improve communication and eliminate redundancies within the Company’s billion-dollar research and development (R&D) organization and drive the completion of cross-disciplinary medical device R&D projects critical to products’ commercialization. Prior to Boston Scientific, Garanich served as both Associate and Analyst with The Sapphire Group. In these roles, he was responsible for mergers and acquisitions and company-formation projects in the healthcare and media sectors and new client development in the medical device sector. Garanich holds a Ph.D. in Bioengineering and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, both from the Pennsylvania State University.
Lola Brown is a scientist, educator, and entrepreneur. She is an expert in the academic success of students in math and science, from kindergarten to post graduate, with a specialization in equipping PhD students with the tools to successfully complete their doctoral studies and obtain gainful employment in their area of interest.
Dr. Brown is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Biomedical Engineering and the Assistant Dean of Academic Initiatives at The Grove School of Engineering at The City College of New York (CCNY). One of her major projects was the development and roll out of City College’s master’s program in translational medicine. In addition to her leadership role at CCNY, Dr. Brown has found time to reach out to the non-technical communities and share her passion for science and engineering education. She had an academic enrichment business for middle and high school students specializing in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and was a teacher at the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, Georgia. She has provided research mentorship and training to scores of undergraduate and graduate students throughout her career.
Lola obtained her bachelor of science from Brown University in biology where she conducted research studying tissue engineered heart valves. She took her master of science from the joint department of biomedical engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University studying the stroke pathology in children with sickle cell anemia. She went on to complete her PhD in biochemistry as a NSF Graduate Research Fellow solving the structure of proteins involved in HIV. Immediately following the completion of her PhD, Dr. Brown began postdoctoral research in biomedical engineering at Yale University.
Her highly interdisciplinary training and skill set, which combines biomedical engineering, structural biology, and molecular biology, which makes her well suited to analyze projects from multiple perspectives. Lola has a deep commitment to teaching and mentoring and was awarded the 2009 "30 Under 30" Award for her science outreach efforts. Lola is committed to contributing to STEM education in a manner that values high achievement and meaningful community impact.
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