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.

Casey Basham

Casey Basham

Casey Basham

Casey Basham holds a B.S. in biology and anthropology from the College of William and Mary. Since joining Gryphon in 2014, her work has focused on projects to improve biosecurity and outbreak response capabilities. Casey is particularly interested in One Health approaches for building collaboration among public health, veterinary, and academic stakeholders. She has enjoyed working on training materials and policy resources to help global One Health communities collaborate and communicate more effectively.

Casey is an enthusiastic traveler who is fearless about sampling local cuisine. On recent trips she’s sampled guinea pig, alpaca, and kangaroo.

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.

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.