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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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Chiudo Ehirim

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.

Andrea Imperato

Andrea Imperato

Director of Finance & Compliance

Andrea oversees financial operations for the Seeding Labs team and is responsible for the implementation and compliance of internal operational strategies.

She has over 10 years of experience working in the biotechnology and healthcare industries, facilitating both domestic and international scientific research.

As a former senior grant administrator and finance specialist, she has provided post-award and financial monitoring services for federal and non-federal grants issued to over 200 research departments at Brigham and Women’s, Massachusetts General, McLean, and Spaulding hospitals.

She serves as the financial liaison to Seeding Labs’ Instrumental Access program partners and also supports HR activities. Andrea graduated summa cum laude from Lasell College with a BS in fashion merchandising.

Rachel Kerrigan

Rachel Kerrigan

Corporate Relations Manager

Rachel supports our corporate partners and equipment donors throughout the equipment donation process.

Before joining Seeding Labs, Rachel worked at Harvard Business School Online, where she helped faculty members develop online courses.

Prior to that, Rachel worked at Perkins School for the Blind where she managed the Perkins Business Partnership, a network of employers striving to break down barriers to employment for people who are visually impaired.

Rachel graduated magna cum laude from Boston University with a BS in business administration and management.

Leah G Lindsay

Leah G. Lindsay

Vice President of External Relations

Working across the Seeding Labs team, 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 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.

David Qualter

David Qualter

Vice President of Operations

David is responsible for logistics at Seeding Labs. 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.

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, and she also plays a key role in new program 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.

Kisaou Tchedre

Kissaou Tchedre, PhD, MBA

Scientific Support SPecialist

Kissaou uses his training as a biomedical scientist to work closely with our Instrumental Access awardees and provide guidance on the equipment selection process.

Kissaou's past experience includes business development and senior scientist roles at the ocular medical device development company Menicon Co., Ltd. in Switzerland. 

He earned a PhD in biomedical sciences from the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center. He completed postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School with a research focused on optic nerve regeneration and epigenetics.

Kissaou also holds an MBA in project management and is a cofounder of “Lecture Pour Tous" (Reading for All), an organization that collects used book in France and sends them to schools in his native country, Togo.

Teresa Ventura

Teresa Ventura

Development Specialist

Teresa is working to expand and strengthen Seeding Labs’ portfolio of national and international partners and funders.

She joined the team from Northeastern University, where she graduated magna cum laude with a BA in international affairs and minors in Middle East studies, Arabic, and business. Teresa brings cross-sectoral research and operational support experience from her internships in both nonprofit and government sectors through Northeastern’s Co-op program.

Teresa supported financial and administrative operations at Root Cause, a nonprofit consulting firm, and at the US branch of INTERPOL in Washington, DC, she assisted in case creation and analysis for the Economic Crime Division.

Seeding Labs’ Board of Directors

Frances Colon

Frances Colón, PhD


Safraz W Ishmael

Safraz W. Ishmael


Of Counsel, DLA PIPER

Julian James

Julian James



Joanne Kamens

Joanne Kamens, PhD

Vice-Chair of the Board


Andrew R Karlin

Andrew R. Karlin

Vice President – Healthcare Investment Banking, Edgemont Partners

Alan C Lee

Alan C. Lee

Chair of the Board


Vishal Patel

Vishal Patel, PhD


Melissa P. Wu

Melissa P. Wu, PhD


CEO, Seeding Labs