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Our Team

Melissa P. Wu, PhD

Chief executive officer

As the CEO of Seeding Labs, Dr. Melissa P. Wu connects scientists and institutions around the world to help reduce barriers to scientific discovery.

Part scientist, part engineer, and part facilitator, Dr. Wu brings strategic insight and rigorous methodology to her work, together with a dedication to helping people.

Dr. Wu is driven by two overarching values: that scientific research is a critical tool for improving human lives, and that research thrives and we as a community make the best discoveries when we foster diversity in perspectives, approaches, and ideas. Joining these two ideas has given her a career focus on creating opportunities for people of all backgrounds to engage in scientific research.

Prior to being named CEO of Seeding Labs in 2019, Dr. Wu served as Senior Vice President of Operations. She revamped Seeding Labs’ Instrumental Access program to increase its efficiency while expanding its impact.

Dr. Wu's previous positions at the Harvard Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership and the BioBuilder Educational Foundation helped spread scientific knowledge to students nationwide.

She is proud to have mentored many students through programs at the Journal of Emerging Investigators, Harvard, Boston Children’s Hospital, and MIT.

Dr. Wu earned a PhD in Cellular and Developmental Biology from Harvard University and holds an SB in Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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David Borman, PhD

Communications Manager

David works to highlight the innovation and scientific successes of Instrumental Access awardees. In telling these scientists' stories, he helps to show the global impact of the Seeding Labs mission.

Prior to joining Seeding Labs, David worked as the alumni affairs director for Brevard College in North Carolina and managed communications for Kids Center for Pediatric Therapies, a nonprofit in Louisville, Kentucky, that provides services to children with special needs.
David earned his PhD in English from the University of Miami. He holds an MA in English from the University of Louisville and a BA in English from Bellarmine University.
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Chiudo Ehirim

Instrumental Access Consultant

After completing an Atlas Corps Fellowship with Seeding Labs, Chiudo now provides support to our Instrumental Access partners from his Rumines Ltd. office in Lagos, Nigeria. Chiudo is CEO of Rumines, an environmental technology and management consulting company.

Prior to his fellowship, Chiudo was a country manager for Nigeria with Climate Scorecard, a US-based organization that monitors how the top 25 greenhouse gas-emitting countries implement the Paris Agreement on climate change.

Chiudo earned a BS in pure and industrial chemistry from the University of Nigeria and a Master’s of Science in environmental technology and management from the University of Port Harcourt in Nigeria.

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Micalea Leaska

Programs Associate, Metrics & Evaluation

Micalea works with the Programs team to develop and implement metrics and evaluation tools, and to monitor the worldwide impact of Instrumental Access. She compiles and analyzes quantitative data and qualitative stories that exemplify our mantra, "talent is everywhere."

Her prior work experience includes consulting for the World Bank, working on Water Security Assessments for Peru and Central America, and improving access to safe water in rural Ecuadorian communities with the nonprofit WaterStep.

Micalea holds a BA from Saint Michael's College and completed her Master’s degree in Climate Change and Global Sustainability from SIT Graduate Institute, where she studied global science issues alongside scientists, stakeholders, and community members in Iceland, Tanzania, and Ecuador. 

Leah G Lindsay

Leah G. Lindsay

Vice President of External Relations

Working across the Seeding Labs team and our community of donors, Leah helps bring the Seeding Labs mission to life through communications strategy and outreach.

Prior to joining Seeding Labs, she led external relations for City Connects, an education nonprofit based at Boston College. At the PR firm Solomon McCown, she represented nonprofit and healthcare organizations, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, the New England Journal of Medicine, and the Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation.

Her experience in scientific storytelling began at the Harvard Medical School Office of Public Affairs, where she publicized the faculty's research findings. Leah holds a BS in journalism from the Boston University College of Communication.

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Manisha Patel

Scientific Director

Manisha uses her scientific expertise to implement the equipment-related aspects of Seeding Labs' programs and plays a key role in Instrumental Access.

She provides support to Instrumental Access awardees, helping them choose the instruments that best meet their research and teaching goals. She also advises the Corporate Relations team on equipment that would be useful in our awardees' labs.

Manisha has extensive experience in managing academic research labs with knowledge spanning lab setup, compliance, and equipment training. Most recently, she oversaw labs at Harvard University.

For the past decade, Manisha directed an undergraduate internship program focused on one of her passions:  diversity and inclusion in STEM. She holds a BS in ecology from Rutgers University and an MS in ecology from the University of Vermont.

Jennifer Raymond

David Qualter

Vice president of Operations

David is responsible for global logistics at Seeding Labs, overseeing the efficient movement of lab equipment worldwide.

He joined Seeding Labs from Image Arts, a subsidiary of Hallmark Cards, where he provided logistics direction for the company with $110 million in annual sales.

He brings 20 years of supply chain management experience with in-depth knowledge of international logistics, warehouse execution, and distribution center operations.

Originally an art student at Southeastern Massachusetts University, David now uses his creative talents to develop logistics strategies that produce operational efficiencies and quality customer service.

Jennifer Raymond

Jennifer Raymond

Corporate Relations Manager

Jennifer partners with corporations, universities, and nonprofit organizations to identify opportunities to repurpose surplus scientific laboratory equipment that will in turn empower talented scientists in developing countries through the Instrumental Access program.

Prior to joining Seeding Labs, Jennifer served as a Development Officer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, where she managed relationships with donors, foundations, and corporations to advance the groundbreaking work of research scientists.

She also directed membership programs for the Boston Symphony Orchestra and alumni relations for the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. Jennifer graduated from Wellesley College with a BA in French studies and a minor in philosophy.

Christina Viola Srivastava

Christina Viola Srivastava

Director of ProgramS

Christina directs the application and partner selection process at Seeding Labs as well as monitoring and evaluation. She also plays a key role in new program design, development, and implementation.

Christina has vast experience as an evaluator of research programs and portfolios. She's held roles with the consulting firm Abt Associates, Inc. and the Science and Technology Policy Institute.

Prior to entering the consulting world, Christina worked for the Boston-area nonprofits Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics and Urban Ecology Institute. She holds an undergraduate degree in biology from Swarthmore College.

Shawn Tjahaja

Shawn Tjahaja

BusinesS Development Intern

As Business Development Intern, Shawn supports the Corporate Relations team with the Instrumental Access program. He is currently a junior at Tufts University, majoring in Biochemistry and pursuing a minor in Economics.

Growing up in Indonesia, Shawn has witnessed firsthand the difficulties of a developing country obtaining and gaining access to key resources that would help improve the quality of life.

He was the president of a student organization called Optimal Health, which worked to provide children living in impoverished areas around Jakarta the access to adequate and essential healthcare.

Allison Siapno

Allison Siapno

Logistics Intern

As Logistics Intern, Allison provides support with the logistics of equipment donation for the Instrumental Access program. She is currently a senior at MCPHS University, pursuing a BS in Molecular Biology and a minor in Health Psychology.

Prior to joining Seeding Labs, Allison worked with Agat Laboratories and the Center for Heart Lung Innovation. Coupled with her experience with university labs, this has given her a well-rounded understanding of the equipment needs and setups of analytical and research labs.

Seeding Labs’ Board of Directors

Beata Dragovics

Beata Dragovics


Founder, Freedom Trail Financial

Safraz W Ishmael

Safraz W. Ishmael

Of Counsel, DLA PIPER

Joanne Kamens

Joanne Kamens, PhD

Chair of the Board

Andrew R Karlin

Andrew R. Karlin

Director – Healthcare Investment Banking, Edgemont Partners

Alan C Lee

Alan C. Lee


Vishal Patel

Vishal Patel, PhD

Vice-chair of the Board

Chief of staff, novartis institutes for biomedical research

Andrew Suchoff

Andrew Suchoff


Chief People Officer, Foundation Medicine

Jean-Charles Wirth

Jean-Charles Wirth

Executive Vice-President – Head of Applied Solutions, Millipore Sigma

Melissa P. Wu

Melissa P. Wu, PhD


CEO, Seeding Labs