The Governor’s STEM Scholars Advisory Council is made up of STEM professionals who have made a commitment to the program’s mission: to mentor, educate and inspire students in STEM in New Jersey.
Its primary role is as an admissions committee for GSS applicants, though members also offer feedback about the program for the purpose of improving its current and future programming. Council members volunteer their time at the quarterly conferences to serve in a mentoring capacity toward our scholars.
Dr. Regina Collins
Associate Director, Writing, Communications, and Outreach at the Albert Dorman Honors College, New Jersey Institute of Technology
Regina Collins, Ph.D., is the Associate Director of Writing, Communications, and Outreach at the Albert Dorman Honors College within the New Jersey Institute of Technology. In that role, she interacts with Honors scholars on student-produced publications including the Honors Newsletter and a yearly technology magazine, the Technology Observer. She also advises students conducting undergraduate research, assists in the creation of marketing and internal documents for the Honors College, and leads the committee that invites thought leaders to speak to Honors students. Regina also coordinates international student programs such as the Institute for International Education (IIE) Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program (BSMP) and the IIE Global Experience and Training (GET) programs for undergraduate STEM students. Prior to her role in academia, Regina had a career in technical writing and received several awards from the Society for Technical Communication for her work at major software corporations. She received her PhD in Information Systems, MS in Professional and Technical Communication, and BS in Computer Science, all from NJIT.
STEM Technology Manager at U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center
Shahram Dabiri brings exclusive and unprecedented experience to the United States Department of Defense STEM Education Program. Shahram was brought into the STEM Education Program to assist in establishing and furthering various partnerships among defense contractors, defense organizations and educators to increase the program’s effective outreach. His career includes work on avant-garde approaches for the establishment of partnerships among various organizations to further STEM education, development of rapid acquisition vehicles for the procurement of prototypes for the Department of Defense, serving as lead engineer on various large caliber artillery systems (both foreign and domestic) and on various unique projects designed to reduce system costs and environmental impacts while improving overall safety. Shahram’s engineering education began at Hudson Valley Community College. He obtained his Bachelor’s of Engineering Science from SUNY University at Buffalo and his Executive Master’s in Business Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Silberman College of Business. He is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt.
Senior Research Assistant
Eric Kohn is the Senior Research Assistant for the Caputo Lab at Rowan University as well as a Chemistry Intern for Longevity Biotech in Philadelphia. Eric began his research career in January of 2016, studying protein-ligand interactions. He has since presented his research at the American Chemical Society National Meeting (Philadelphia, PA 2016) and the Huck Institutes for the Life Sciences Research Symposium (State College, PA 2017). Eric is a graduate of the Governor’s STEM Scholars Program, and developed his research project to improve the efficacy of laboratory personal protective equipment. He also serves as a peer mentor to students from disadvantaged backgrounds as a Harley E. Flack Peer Mentor through the Office of Social Justice at Rowan University, and was the recipient of the 2017 Maya Angelou Peer Mentor of the Year Award. In 2015, Eric was one of three out of over 4000 competitors to receive the SkillsUSA National Model of Excellence Award for a service project honoring elderly and disabled military veterans while promoting workplace excellence for career technical education high school students.
Eric is an undergraduate student at Rowan University pursuing a BS degree in biochemistry with honors. He plans to pursue a PhD after graduation.
Dr. A. Waseem Malick
Vice President (Ret.), Pharmaceutical and Analytical R&D, Hoffmann-La Roche Inc.
A. Waseem Malick, Ph.D is a retired pharmaceutical R&D executive with over 35 years of academic and industrial experience. He has had an extensive career in the industry previously serving as Vice President and Global Head of Pharmaceutical and Analytical R&D at Hoffmann-La Roche. Prior to his 32 years service at Roche, he was Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutics at Wayne State University, Detroit. His research interests include drug product development, formulation and drug delivery research. He has published 110 research papers, 169 abstracts and presented extensively in the area of drug delivery research. He was elected as fellow of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) and has received several honors and awards. He has served on Board of Directors of non-profit organizations, Scientific Advisory Boards and has held adjunct appointments at universities. He is currently serving as a member of the New York University Science Dean’s Board of Advisors, Parenteral Drug Association Foundation Board and as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Rhode Island. He received his Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and M.S. from Columbia University, New York.
Dr. Kate Merton
Lead, Integrated Evidence Team - Metabolic Franchise
Kate Merton, Ph.D., MBA, is currently an Integrated Evidence Team Leader at Janssen, the Pharmaceutical company of Johnson & Johnson (J&J). Dr Merton started her career at J&J in 2000 working in research in La Jolla, CA. After completing her graduate work Dr Merton returned to J&J in 2008 as a Scientist conducting research into cardiometabolic diseases before transitioning into Clinical Development in New Jersey. Dr Merton has also held roles in Marketing and External Alliances. Dr Merton has been a mentor to numerous young women interested in science and maths and has led mentoring programs within J&J.
Kate received her undergraduate degree in Pharmacology & Toxicology from King’s College London, England in 2000 and her PhD in Pharmacology & Toxicology from University of California, Irvine Medical School in 2008. Most recently Kate received her Global MBA from Duke University, Durham in 2013.
Dr. Kamana Misra
Director for Research and Development at Celvive
Kamana Misra, PhD, is the Director for Research and Development at Celvive, a company that currently focuses on the use of autologous stem cells for treating patients with spinal cord injuries. A neuroscientist, Dr. Misra has over 12 years of research expertise focusing on neuronal development and disease models. Additionally, she serves as a Scientific Consultant at The Foundation Venture Capital Group that provides pre-seed funding to competitively edged start-up life science companies. Dr. Misra is also President of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS), New Jersey chapter, an organization committed to helping and promoting women in STEM fields, including support for girls in high school pursuing STEM careers through annual scholarships. Dr. Misra has taught courses as Adjunct Professor at the Department of Biological Sciences, Rowan University and Course Director for Introduction to Scientific Research for Douglass Project for Rutgers Women in Math, Science & Engineering, an award-winning program dedicated to supporting women interested in the S.T.E.M.