Dr. Jim Nolan

Dr. Jim Nolan

Dr. Jim Nolan

Dr. Jim Nolan seeks to provide structure to an unstructured world through a novel mix of mathematics, computer science, and analytical rigor. Dr. Nolan began his career in the defense industry developing machine learning techniques to extract novel information from data, growing that into a business to solve real-world problems in intelligence, defense, and national security. In this work, he developed innovative approaches to data mining, data cleansing and normalization, natural language processing, computational probability, and computer vision. Dr. Nolan joined Gryphon in 2021, where he leads the data science team in solving complex problems at the intersection of life, health, and data science to enhance global health security. Dr. Nolan received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from George Mason University.

When not solving the most difficult data science challenges, you are most likely to find Jim out challenging others (or being challenged) on the tennis courts.

Gautham Venugopalan

Dr. Gautham Venugopalan

Dr. Gautham Venugopalan

Gautham Venugopalan

Dr. Gautham Venugopalan

Dr. Gautham Venugopalan is a bioengineer with a BS in mechanical engineering from Rose-Hulman and a PhD in bioengineering from UC-Berkeley. His work focuses on building global capacity to address topics such as emerging technology, laboratory biosafety and biosecurity, cybersecurity, and dual use research risks. He also has strong interests in data science and science policy, and has provided technical leadership to several emerging technology assessments and research efforts that inform strategic investments that help to maximize the benefits of research while minimizing risks. Dr. Venugopalan previously served as a diplomat, working to build research collaborations between U.S. and international scientists and develop U.S. policies on issues such as data sharing and diversity and equity in science.

Gautham’s favorite basketball fact, analytical projection, and meme, are all “Bucks in six”. He aspires to put it on a license plate someday…for the culture of course.

Robert Stephan

Ret. Col. Robert Stephan

Colonel Robert Stephan (USAF RET)

Robert Stephan

Colonel Robert Stephan (USAF RET)

During a 24-year Air Force career, Col Stephan held a variety of key positions including mission commander during Operation Desert Storm. With the activation of DHS in 2003, he served as Special Assistant to the Secretary and then Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection. He led the development of the National Incident Management System, the National Response Plan, and the National Infrastructure Response Plan—key documents that guide the nation’s emergency response and recovery strategies. At Gryphon, he continues to work on emergency preparedness and infrastructure protection for a variety of government and private sector clients.

In his off time, Bob likes to experience the wonderful scenery, history, culture and people that exist 55 miles and 150 years due West of Washington, D.C.  

Mark Kazmierczak

Dr. Mark Kazmierczak

Dr. Mark Kazmierczak

Mark Kazmierczak

Dr. Mark Kazmierczak

Dr. Mark Kazmierczak is a molecular biologist with a special interest in understanding and mitigating risks that may come with advances in the life sciences. Throughout his career at Gryphon, Dr. Kazmierczak has led quantitative and qualitative risk assessments to support government decision making on issues of biosecurity, biodefense, and international science and technology engagement. A specific interest of Dr. Kazmierczak’s is identifying how global developments in emerging biotechnologies can affect US economic and national security. In recent work, he has assessed potential threats to the U.S. in the fields of biotechnology, genomics, and global health security using advanced data analysis and visualization of publicly available data and developed best practices for mitigating forced and unauthorized transfer of knowledge and technology from research institutions. Dr. Kazmierczak earned a PhD in microbiology from Cornell University and was an FDA Commissioner’s Fellow prior to joining Gryphon.

Mark is an award-winning homebrewer whose ESB (extra special bitter) was brewed and sold by the brewery that sponsored the competition. Always civically involved, he also served as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner, an elected position in D.C. government.

Dr. Jennifer Corbin

Dr. Jennifer Corbin

Dr. Jennifer Corbin

Dr. Jennifer Corbin is a biomedical scientist who has worked on scores of projects to investigate the health effects of CBRN agents and medical countermeasures (MCMs) used for prevention and treatment. Her work has investigated of the effect of particle size, period of exposure, timing of medical countermeasure administration, the effects of MCM non-compliance, and treatment side effects. Considered a subject matter expert in the prevention and treatment of CBRN agents, she is a co-author of a technical manual for DTRA describing current practices in diagnosis, prevention, and treatment.

Jennifer is a farm owner in her home state of Iowa. If you care to learn about soil fertility, she can talk at length about the effects of set aside, no-till farming, and corn-soybean rotation.

Emily Billings

Dr. Emily Billings

Dr. Emily Billings

Emily Billings

Dr. Emily Billings

Dr. Emily Billings is a microbiologist with expertise in the mechanisms through which microbes and the body communicate to drive health and disease. An advocate of multidisciplinary research, her doctoral studies on host-pathogen interactions at the University of Virginia required expertise in bacteriology, immunology, cell biology, advanced imaging, and molecular biology techniques. At Gryphon, Dr. Billings focuses on projects with data management, outreach, and science communications components that enable the application of research to policy and public health challenges. She combines scientific expertise with design skills to create meaningful end products to communicate findings and support decision-making for technical and non-technical audiences. She has a particular interest in infectious disease and biosurveillance analytics and data visualization.

Emily has a penchant for graphic design, watercolor, and resin art. A once and future midfielder, she’s also been seen acing set plays on the soccer field.