LPA Scientific Advisory Board

MISSION: The Laboratory Products Association (LPA) will present laboratory leaders through its newly created Scientific Advisory Board. The primary purpose of the LPA Scientific Advisory Board is to seek the expertise of those in the lab to enhance the knowledge, understanding, and strategic thinking of laboratories for LPA members, as well as provide a live forum for LPA members to tap into for insight on trends in the lab, ask questions about the lab of the future, etc. 

LPA Scientific Advisory Board Virtual Session-
Current trends in academiC labs
Thursday, June 20, 2024
12:00-1:00 PM EDT
Register Here to receive the zoom instructions

The LPA is pleased to announce its upcoming virtual Scientific Advisory Board session on Thursday, June 20th, focusing on Current Trends in Academic Labs. Don't miss this outstanding opportunity to enhance your knowledge, understanding, and strategic thinking about key trends in laboratories. 
Free to all members, the session will feature four panelists, including three returning experts, who are leaders in their respective academic institution’s research labs. Moderated by Scott Hanton, PhD, the session will delve into the following topics: 

•    What will the lab of the future look like in 5 or 10 years?
•    How will AI change lab operations and processes?
•    Will AI play a role in your lab's purchasing decisions? If so, how?
•    What factors would give you confidence in an AI system's ability to recommend research equipment?
•    What needs are currently not being met by your suppliers of consumables, chemicals, and/or equipment?
•    How much of your lab’s workload is dependent on NIH/Government Agency funding?
•    And more...

About the Panelists

Dana Griffin, MB, MLS, (ASCP)
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Oakland University

Dana Griffin, MBA, MLS (ASCP), is an adjunct instructor in the Health Sciences Department at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. Previously, she was an adjunct assistant professor at Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan. Before entering academia, Dana worked as a medical laboratory scientist for ten years. She started as a generalist and worked her way up to the position of blood bank manager of a small suburban hospital. Once she had her son in 2018, she transitioned to academia to spend more time with her family. Her daughter was born in 2019. 

Dana earned her medical technology degree from Michigan State University (MSU) in 2006 and completed her internship at Hurley Medical Center. Dana then received her master’s in business administration with a specialty in health care from Walsh College of Business and Accounting in 2011. Dana is also in the process of co-authoring a entry-level college textbook, Laboratory Operations and Management: Foundations of Practice. The book is scheduled to be available Fall of 2024. Dana is also an active member of the community. She is the president of the MSU Alumni Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics (BLD) group for the 2023-–2024 school year, serves as a volunteer with the Recruiting the Next Generation of Laboratory Professionals Group (name in the process of changing), and volunteers with her community through her church. 

Thad Gurley, M.S. 
Assistant Director Accessioning Unit and Biorepository 
Scientific Research Laboratory Manager 
Accessioning Unit Core Manager 
Duke Human Vaccine Institute 

Thad Gurley, MS, is the Assistant Director of the Accessioning Unit and Biorepository at the Duke Human Vaccine Institute (DHVI). In addition, he is the Scientific Research Laboratory Manager for Dr. Tony Moody’s laboratory and the Accessioning Unit Core, a core laboratory in the DHVI Shared Resource Core Facility. 

He has more than ten years of laboratory, biorepository, and core laboratory management experience with DHVI. He is also the Manager of the Collaborative Influenza Vaccine Innovation Centers (CIVICs) Clinical Core Biorepository. 

He is the 2024 Immediate Past President of the Association of Laboratory Managers (ALMA) Board of Directors and has been actively involved with ALMA since 2018. He is also a member of the International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER) and Society for Cryobiology.

Kara Lee
Stockroom Manager
Department of Chemistry & Physics
Indiana State University

As an undergraduate student at Indiana State University, I assisted in the genetics laboratory with zebrafish as well as the ongoing Prairie Creek bat research project. Additionally, as a senior I presented the findings from the transgene manipulation in zebrafish at a student research program at Butler University. My first laboratory experience was working at the Newport Chemical Depot for Southwest Research Institute using a variety of air monitoring instrumentation. The purpose of this project was to neutralize VX gas that had been stored at this facility by the Army. After this project was completed, I then was offered a job at another depot and chose instead to work at Polaris Laboratories in Indianapolis running the Gas Chromatography identifying gasoline in oil samples. Working 2nd shift it became beneficial to learn many of the lab’s instruments. After only 6 months, I was offered a position within the data analysis team. Passing the Oil Monitoring Analysis certification, I was promoted to level II, and I still took care of the facilities GC for Simulated Distillation. 

At that point I began working for Lancaster Laboratories as a Chemist at Dow AgroSciences assisting in the certifying and recertifying the pesticide formulas by High Performance Liquid Chromatography and Gas Chromatography in a GLP environment. Shortly after, I relocated to Baltimore and began working for Paragon Bioservices as a Quality Control Technician. I performed air, surface, water, and steam sampling in a cGMP clean room environment. 

Currently, I am the Chemistry Stockroom Manager here at Indiana State University. I have many responsibilities including maintaining the chemistry stockroom and bulk storage, managing stockroom student workers, handling waste and corresponding with the environmental department on campus, ordering for entire Chemistry department, maintaining the NMR, assisting with the SURE program, preparing chemical solutions associated with general chemistry and providing support to chemistry faculty by setting up and taking down all general chemistry laboratories. I have been a member of NAOSMM since 2022 and intend to be at my second conference in July. 

Scott McClellan
Michigan Medicine
Clinical Microbiology Laboratory
Technical Specialist
Molecular Infectious Disease R&D


About the Moderator 

Scott Hanton, PhD
Editorial Director
Lab Manager Magazine

Scott spent 30 years as a research chemist, lab manager, and business leader at Air Products and Intertek. He earned a BS in chemistry from Michigan State University and a PhD in physical chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Scott is an active member of ACS, ASMS, and ALMA. 

Scott married his high school sweetheart, and they have one son. Scott is motivated by excellence, happiness, and kindness. He most enjoys helping people and solving problems. Away from work Scott enjoys working outside in the yard, playing strategy games, and coaching youth sports. 


The LPA Scientific Advisory Board - Past Sessions
View the recordings from past events at www.lpanet.org/handouts

The LPA Scientific Advisory Board held the latest session on
 BioPharma and Biotech Workflows - Today and Tomorrow, with moderator Hamid Ghanadan and five panelists who are principal investigators with large and small BioPharma/Biotech labs. Panelists discussed their lab workflows as well as other topics such as how the pandemic and supply chain are impacting their labs, market forces, and purchasing processes and supplier interaction preferences. You can watch or listen to the recording by going to Meeting Handouts

The LPA Scientific Advisory Board Academic Labs Outlook welcomed back several lab leaders to share their insights and perspectives on a range of questions surrounding supply chain solutions, changes in purchasing behaviors, specific cost increases, delivery of goods impacts, and desired labs of the future. With over 170 registered attendees, it is without a doubt that the Scientific Advisory Board sessions are of great value to our members. You can watch or listen to the recording by going to Meeting Handouts

The LPA Scientific Advisory Board's second session, Cannabis Labs Outlook, was held on October 6 and it had three active panelists, as well as comments from another, as well as moderator, Julia Bramante, Lead Scientist at the Cannabis Reference Laboratory, Colorado Department of Public Health. Panelists included Brittaney Dowd, Chief Chemist at Dragonfly Processing; Stephen Goldman, Chief Science Officer for Kaycha Labs; and Saman Razani, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of SZN Partners. The agenda and questions asked can be found here. The session was recorded and can be found in the handouts section of members' only resources.

The LPA held its inaugural Scientific Advisory Board session, Engaging the Lab of 2022 in a Post-COVID Environment on April 21 and it was a big success! Scripted and moderated by Scott Hanton, Editorial Director for Lab Manager.  Over 130 LPA members joined in to listen to lab leaders from Indiana State University, Madonna University, Duke University, University of Michigan, and University of Miami share their insights and perspectives on a range of questions.  These included: how open is your institution’s lab; in a post-pandemic world, will there be rigid appointment adherence for seeing vendors; as you look at how you purchase, how will pricing negotiation take place going forward; as a result of the pandemic, what changes in funding trends/patterns do you see for your institution’s lab going forward; and more. The session was recorded and can be found in the handouts section of members' only resources.

The LPA Scientific Advisory Board was created by the Market Data Committee, chaired by Harry Ruska. Visit www.lpanet.org/committees and find out how you can contribute to your industry association!

Visit www.lpanet.org/handouts for full zoom recordings of past LPA events.





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