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.

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. 

Microbiologist: Dr. Adam Fleming

Dr. Adam Fleming

Dr. Adam Fleming

Dr. Adam Fleming is a trained microbiologist who focuses on biosafety risk assessment and the development of risk management strategies for pathogen research. Before joining Gryphon in 2020, he served as the Biosafety Officer and Responsible Official for the George Mason University (GMU) Select Agent Program, managing the program and interacting with federal agencies on behalf of the university. Prior to that position, he conducted research on host-pathogen interactions at GMU, which included experience working in high containment. He received a B.S. in Biology from Virginia Tech, an M.S. in Biology from Georgia Southern University, and a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Infectious Diseases from GMU.

As a stereotypical Canadian, Adam plays hockey in a men’s league once a week and has been a Washington Capitals fan since 4th grade. When not on the ice, he can be found exploring local breweries or painting miniatures inspired by the fantasy game Dungeons & Dragons.

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.

Audrey Cerles

Audrey Cerles, MS

Audrey Cerles, MS

Audrey Cerles

Audrey Cerles, MS

Audrey Cerles graduated from Cornell in biological sciences with a concentration in microbiology and holds an MS in food safety from Michigan State University. Joining Gryphon in 2013, she has supported efforts in various fields, including risk assessments of emerging infectious diseases and emerging biotechnologies. She also worked on a vulnerability assessment of critical food additives and holds a special interest in food and agricultural safety and defense.

Audrey is a scuba diver interested in shipwrecks and marine megafauna. Despite diving alongside many sharks, she’s only ever been bitten by a damselfish.