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, Melissa brings strategic insight and rigorous methodology to her work, together with a dedication to helping people.
Melissa 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, Melissa served as Senior Vice President of Operations. She revamped Seeding Labs’ Instrumental Access program to increase its efficiency while expanding its impact.
Melissa'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.
Melissa 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
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.
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.
Programs Specialist, 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.
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.
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.
Corporate Relations Senior 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.
Vice President of Philanthropy
Rick is responsible for the fundraising activities at Seeding Labs, engaging with corporations, foundations, and individuals to increase their financial and equipment donations to the organization.
Prior to joining Seeding Labs, Rick spent 17 years working in a similar capacity at a number of science-focused organizations, including Keystone Symposia, the Carnegie Institution for Science, and the Chemical Heritage Foundation (now the Science History Institute).
Rick earned an MS in Finance from Drexel University, and a BS in Paper Science and Engineering from State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.
Christina Viola Srivastava
Vice President 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 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.
Kaitlyn started working for Seeding Labs in 2023. She works closely with the Scientific Director in the Instrumental Access program.
Kaitlyn is currently a junior at Boston University studying Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
Seeding Labs’ Board of Directors
Founder, Freedom Trail Financial
Safraz W. Ishmael
Partner, DLA PIPER
Chad R. Jackson, PhD
Vice-chair of the Board
Senior Director of Preclinical and Translational Research, Foundation fighting blindness
Alan C. Lee
Managing DIRECTOR, BLACKROCK
Harvey Lodish, PhD
Professor of Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Founding Member, Whitehead Institute
Vishal Patel, PhD
Chair of the Board
CEO of an Atlas-Polaris NewCo and Atlas Ventures EIR
Senior Vice President — Marketing, Catalant Technologies
Global Deployment Lead for Business, Novartis
Executive Vice-President – Head of Applied Solutions, Millipore Sigma
Melissa P. Wu, PhD