Landy Sun

Landy Sun

Landy Sun

Landy Sun holds a BS in biomedical engineering from Johns Hopkins University. He leverages his extensive technical and analytical skillset alongside his experience with Python, R, Matlab, GIS, and SQL in his work at Gryphon. Landy specializes in conducting risk assessments and performing data analysis to support decision-making for policies governing biosecurity and biosafety topics, including emerging infectious diseases and intentional CBRN attacks. He has also led the development of virtual training tools for instructing laboratory adherence to biosafety/biosecurity guidelines, and for training volunteers and researchers in emergency response scenarios.

Landy is an avid outdoorsman, you can often find him rock climbing, snowboarding, or riding his electric unicycle. In his downtime, he enjoys playing on the piano, with covers of Muse and the Strokes being his favorite songs!

Biomedical Scientist: Christian Garnier

Christian Garnier

Christian Garnier

Christian Garnier holds a B.S. in biomedical engineering from the University of Virginia. Since joining Gryphon in 2016, his work has spanned a variety of Gryphon’s practice areas and has supported preparedness efforts both in the U.S. and internationally, including evidence-based disease models and risk assessments. In recent years, Christian’s work at Gryphon has become focused on international scientific engagement, working with stakeholders abroad to promote responsible conduct of research and enhance international capabilities for preventing biological threats.

An avid fan of outdoor sports like climbing and skiing, Christian recently moved to Colorado to be closer to the mountains. When not climbing or out on the slopes, Christian can be found exploring local breweries and planning his next ski trip.

Dr. Jonathan Pinney

Dr. Jonathan Pinney

Dr. Jonathan Pinney

Dr. Pinney is an immunologist with expertise in the immune system processes that both support a healthy bodily state and promote proper responses to infection and disease. His doctoral studies utilized cell biology, imaging, and computational methods to better understand how our immune systems can be harnessed to treat cancer. At Gryphon, his work focuses on projects with healthcare implications that leverage data science techniques to better understand disease-associated risks and guide disease prevention strategies. Dr. Pinney has a B.A. in Biology from Hamilton College and a Ph.D. in Immunology from the University of Rochester.

Jonathan is an avid outdoor distance athlete who has run three marathons (including the Boston Marathon) and who once went on a 52-day cross-country bicycle trip that went from California to New Jersey.

Dr. Henry Wyneken

Dr. Henry Wyneken

Dr. Henry Wyneken

Dr. Henry Wyneken is a statistician with expertise in predictive analytics, experimental design, and communication of complex statistical concepts and results. He values using statistics to fairly, but severely, test the usefulness of ideas in the real world. Dr. Wyneken earned his PhD in Statistics from the University of Minnesota, where his research focused on the benefits of combining information from multiple plausible models. Prior to joining Gryphon, Dr. Wyneken worked at Syngenta Seeds Inc., where he performed varied statistical analyses to support research to develop new hybrid corn varieties and manage the supply chain of hybrid seed corn. At Gryphon, he provides analytical support to projects in a wide variety of domain areas, including evaluation of the risk of lab accidents and visualization of COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness data.

Henry enjoys working on his German language skills, fixing up his house, and hiking. While the view from the top of the Adirondacks is great, it is seconded only to the view from his hand-built backyard patio.

Dr. Beatrice Kondo

Dr. Beatrice Kondo

Dr. Beatrice Kondo

Dr. Beatrice Kondo is a molecular biologist with foci in biotechnology, genomics, and personalized medicine. Prior to joining Gryphon Scientific in 2021, she was a member of the faculty at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Biotechnology Education. There, she managed graduate programs in Biotechnology, Individualized Genomics and Health, and Sequence Analysis and Genomics. At Gryphon, Dr. Kondo applies her expertise in biotechnology issues to risk assessment and course design. She received her doctorate in Biological Sciences from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where her dissertation centered on using molecular phylogenetic techniques to analyze the evolution of migration in New World Oriole species, with a particular focus on the Baltimore Oriole.

Beatrice enjoys a variety of outdoor pursuits, including caring for her horse, Stargazer, with sustainable pasture management and composting techniques, and making good use of the resulting product in maintaining her herb, fruit, and decorative gardens.

Dr. Katharyn Kryda

Dr. Katharyn Kryda

Dr. Katharyn Kryda

Dr. Katharyn Kryda is a public health veterinarian with a particular interest in disaster preparedness and emerging infectious disease issues involving travel and trade. After practicing clinical veterinary medicine for seven years, Dr. Kryda was selected as an ASPPH Public Health Fellow, marking the first time this position was offered to a veterinarian. She served at the U.S. Department of Transportation, where she supported COVID-19, biodefense, and global health security engagements. At Gryphon, Dr. Kryda applies her interdisciplinary expertise to projects to improve preparedness for and response to infectious disease outbreaks, with a focus on One Health approaches to combatting zoonotic diseases. Dr. Kryda earned her DVM and MPH concentrating in Epidemiology from the University of Illinois, and she graduated from FEMA’s National Emergency Management Basic Academy in July 2021.

Katharyn loves all modes of transportation with a particular fondness for trains, ships, and bicycles. Her favorite cycling adventure to date was a week-long trip across The Algarve in southern Portugal, potentially inspired by too many viewings of Breaking Away during her childhood.

Lauren Plaine, MPS, RN, CEN

Lauren Plaine, MPS, RN, CEN

Lauren Plaine, MPS, RN, CEN

Lauren Plaine, MPS, RN, CEN is an emergency management and medicine professional with 10 years of practice leading, guiding, and teaching others though crises and disasters. Her work at Gryphon focuses on emergency management planning, policy, and training, particularly related to chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear defense. Previously, she supervised a hospital emergency department within a Level 1 trauma center. Lauren holds a BSN from Old Dominion University and an MPS in Emergency and Disaster Management from Georgetown University. Her graduate research focused on Crisis Standards of Care within COVID-19.

Lauren enjoys tending to her 20 house plants as well as propagating them to share, which include a collection of herbs she uses to spice up home cooking projects.

Erin Lauer

Erin Lauer

Erin Lauer

Erin Lauer holds a BS in Immunology and Infectious Disease from Penn State University with a focus in Global Health and honors in Security and Risk Analysis. Since joining Gryphon in 2014, she has applied her interdisciplinary skillset to analyzing various facets of infectious disease risks for federal and international entities, with a focus on laboratory biosafety and biosecurity. She also works on data management and science communications for infectious disease research networks, facilitating widespread use of their data in the research community.

Erin is an avid college football fan whose happy place is in Happy Valley. She never passes up the opportunity for a double scoop of Espresso Fudge Pie, her favorite flavor from the famous Berkey Creamery. 

Dr. Holly May

Dr. Holly May

Dr. Holly May

Dr. Holly May is a microbiologist with an expertise in infectious disease and host-pathogen interactions. At Gryphon, her work focuses on scientific data management and analysis to support influenza and coronavirus surveillance and research. Prior to joining Gryphon, Dr. May received her PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Texas at San Antonio and completed her post-doctoral training at the Naval Medical Research Unit-San Antonio, where her research focused on multi-drug resistant bacteria and bacteriophage therapy. She also previously served as a Young Ambassador to the American Society for Microbiology, where she worked on community outreach and education initiatives.

Holly is an avid traveler and video game enthusiast. She thrives on exploration, be it riding camels through the Sahara, backpacking in the shadows of Mt. Rainier, or exploring the virtual ruins of Kaer Morhen.

Dr. Nicole Tensmeyer

Dr. Nicole Tensmeyer

Dr. Nicole Tensmeyer

Dr. Nicole Tensmeyer is a biomedical scientist with a background in cellular biology. She earned her PhD in biochemistry from Brigham Young University, where her doctoral research focused on protein folding and cell signaling pathways involved in cancer. Since joining Gryphon in 2020, Dr. Tensmeyer has worked on biosecurity risk assessments related to infectious diseases and emerging biotechnology. She also has a strong interest in public health, in particular using data to improve health care services and health promotion targeting at-risk populations.

Nicole embraces her California roots with her love for sunshine. On a free sunny day, she can be found soaking up the sun at the beach, and in the winter, she can be found snuggled up under a blanket writing away on her novel.