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Our Team

Dr Melissa P Wu

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 together with a dedication to helping people to her work. Dr. Wu has revamped Seeding Labs’ Instrumental Access program, increasing efficiency while expanding its impact via additional partnerships.

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. 

Her previous positions at the Harvard Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership introduced local Boston and Cambridge high school students, particularly from disadvantaged and minority backgrounds, to scientific research. Her work at the BioBuilder Educational Foundation helped spread knowledge and capacity to teaching the relatively new synthetic biology discipline to high schools across the US. She’s proud to have mentored many students through programs at Journal of Emerging Investigators, Harvard, Children’s Hospital Boston, and MIT.

Dr. Wu graduated from Harvard University with a PhD in Cellular and Developmental Biology and from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with an SB in Biology.

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Dr. Nina Dudnik

Nina Dudnik, PhD


Dr. Dudnik founded Seeding Labs in 2003 and served as its CEO until 2019. 

She was a finalist in the 2006 MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition and was awarded an Echoing Green fellowship in 2007 to formally launch and expand Seeding Labs.

Dr. Dudnik has been widely recognized for her work with Seeding Labs. She received a 2017 "Innovation All Star" award from the Boston Business Journal, a 2016 Passion in Science Humanitarian Duty Award from New England Biolabs, and in 2015, was named one of the world’s 100 most influential people in biotechnology by Scientific American Worldview magazine.

She received the 2014 John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award, was a 2010 TEDGlobal Fellow and a 2010 PopTech Social Innovation Fellow, and received the 2010 Massachusetts Nonprofit Network Young Professional award. She currently serves on the advisory board for 500 Women Scientists.

Dr. Dudnik has experienced science on a global scale; she worked for the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research in Italy where she provided advice on the integration of molecular genetics techniques into conservation and plant breeding activities.

As a Fulbright scholar in 2000 at the Africa Rice Center in Côte d’Ivoire, Dr. Dudnik studied rice introgression using molecular markers. Prior to that, she obtained her PhD in molecular biology from Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and a BSc in biochemistry from Brown University.

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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.
Chiudo Ehirim

Chiudo Ehirim

Atlas Corps Fellow

Chiudo is spending a year with Seeding Labs as an Atlas Corps Fellow and is working with the global partnerships team. Before his fellowship, Chiudo worked in environmental management consulting as head of projects at Rumines Limited, an environmental technology and management consulting company in Nigeria. He was also 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.
Christina Viola Srivastava

Christina Viola Srivastava

Director of Program Implementation & Evaluation

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. She has many years of experience as an evaluator of research programs and portfolios, first with the consulting firm Abt Associates, Inc. and later with 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.
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.
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.
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. She brings cross-sectoral research and operational support experience from her internships in both nonprofit and government sectors through Northeastern’s Co-op program. She 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


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