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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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.
To reach Dr. Dudnik, please visit http://www.nina-dudnik.com/.
Director of Finance & Compliance
Atlas Corps Fellow
Christina Viola Srivastava
Director of Program Implementation & Evaluation
Vice President of Operations
Leah G. Lindsay
Vice President of External Relations
Seeding Labs’ Board of Directors
Frances Colón, PhD
CEO, JASPERI CONSULTING
Safraz W. Ishmael
Of Counsel, DLA PIPER
Director – CREDIT RESEARCH, BLACKROCK
Joanne Kamens, PhD
Vice-Chair of the Board
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ADDGENE
Alan C. Lee
Chair of the Board
DIRECTOR – DIGITAL WEALTH, BLACKROCK
Vishal Patel, PhD
CHIEF OF STAFF, NOVARTIS INSTITUTES FOR BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH
Melissa P. Wu, PhD