Experts in Preclinical Infectious Disease Research
Founder, President & CEO
Dan has over 19 years of experience in the field of research and development, having worked at Wayne State University and Pfizer Global Research and Development. His vast experience includes veterinary surgery, model development, and designing/performing PK/PD and efficacy studies. He has served as president of the Michigan AALAS, and has extensive experience running animal research facilities in compliance with the requirements of USDA, AAALAC, and institutional IACUCs. Dan has provided exposure/activity data for preclinical packages on several drug candidates and has experience developing, validating, and optimizing a wide variety of disease models, with different model organisms and microbial pathogens for numerous indications. With his expertise in developing new techniques, Dan has designed and implemented new models to support Phase IV studies and subsequent approval for new indications of marketed drugs.
Chief Scientific Officer
Dr. Lopez received his B.S. in Biochemistry from Michigan State University in 2000 and his Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Michigan in 2007. Following graduate school, Dr. Lopez continued in a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan. His graduate studies and postdoctoral experience involved characterization of two novel human proteins involved in Herpes Simplex Virus entry. His experience includes membrane protein purification, antibody production, tissue culture, fluorescence microscopy, in vitro and in vivo viral, bacterial and parasite infection models, gene cloning and various molecular biology techniques. Dr. Lopez also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Lansing Community College of Microbiology and Cell Biology. He received his RLATG certification in 2017.
Samantha is a Certified Human Resource Specialist with 15 years of administrative experience in Research and Development. Her career spans Drug Safety Evaluation, Safety Sciences, and Drug Safety Research and Development. She has extensive experience and knowledge in business operations in the areas of finance, human resources, purchasing, facilities management, and legal activities.
Marci Peek, MT, LAT
Senior Protocol Specialist
Marci began her Medical Technology career in 1995 working as a general laboratory technician in a hospital. In 1999, she became a study coordinator at the Pfizer Phase I Unit, where she ran first-in-human, bioequivalent, food effect, proof-of-concept, and PK/PD studies. Her expertise includes project management, study scheduling, specimen collection and processing, institutional review board consulting, and protocol editing. She also has a wealth of drug safety experience, including adverse event reporting to the FDA and other worldwide regulatory agencies for clinical studies and post-marketed drugs. Marci received her RLAT certification in 2012.
Greg Jordon, BA, RLATG
Associate Scientist, Laboratory Manager
Greg received his Associates in Applied Science from Jackson Community College in 2002 and a BA in Biology from Spring Arbor University in 2005. He has experience with field research through the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as over 6 years in preclinical pharmaceutical research working with various neurological disorders. He is a certified Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician and has worked closely with animal species big and small in the research field. He received his RLATG certification in 2017.
Associate Scientist, IACUC Administrator
Lisa graduated from the Veterinary Technology program at Michigan State University and is certified by AALAS as a Laboratory Animal Technologist. Although she has worked in small animal clinics throughout Mid-Michigan, Lisa spent the majority of her career in the Toxicology department at Pfizer where she worked with novel compounds in a variety of animal models. During her 16 year tenure, Lisa gained experience with numerous animal models and acquired an extensive background working in a GLP environment and operating under AAALAC guidelines. Lisa is also an adjunct faculty member at Baker College, where she teaches in the Veterinary Technology Program.
Brittany Dixon, MS
Brittany earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Alma College in 2012 and a Master’s degree in Molecular and Cellular Pathology from the University of Michigan in 2015. During her education, Brittany studied abroad in Australia, taught medical school in Ethiopia, and served as President of her graduate student council. As TransPharm’s Scientific Writer, Brittany analyzes experimental data and authors study reports. She also volunteers as a Language Editor for De Gruyter Academic Publishing.
Kyle graduated from Grand Valley State University in April 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in General Biology and started his career in biological research at TransPharm Preclinical Solutions in November 2015. As an Associate Scientist, Kyle helps with animal handling and lab duties. Kyle is proficient in laboratory procedures including sample plating and client compound preparation. He also helps with the harvesting of various animal tissues including thigh muscles, lungs, spleens, and kidneys for the purpose of tracking the overall growth, population density, and growth kinetics of the infectious pathogen. He received his RLAT certification in 2017.
Associate Scientist, Biosafety Officer
Jeremy received his B.A. in Biology, with minors in both Chemistry and Psychology, from Albion College in 2011. While at Albion, he worked for the Biology department tutoring students, assisting with labs, and helping with community programs at the Whitehouse Nature Center. Jeremy also performed research on the use of membrane-supported Palladium nanoparticles for the remediation of trichloroethene under the guidance of Dr. Kevin Metz. He presented his research at Albion College’s annual Elkin Isaac Symposium as well as the American Chemical Society Conference in 2011. After graduation, he worked for a clinical laboratory where he became proficient in the departments of urinalysis, chemistry, and special chemistry. He received his RLAT certification in 2017.
Associate Scientist, Vivarium Manager
Brianne received her B.A. in Biological Sciences in May 2015 from Spring Arbor University. During her studies, she served as a teaching assistant in Organic Chemistry lab, received high marks in many of her life science courses, became proficient in microbiological terminology, and completed a practicum at Clinton Trail Animal Hospital where she was later employed. During her time at Clinton Trail, she gained valuable experience in caring for small animals, performing clinical lab work, and sterilizing animal housing environments. She also completed an internship at Potter Park Zoo, where she received further training in animal welfare and enrichment. She received her RLAT certification in 2017.
Emily earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from Saginaw Valley State University in 2018. Her role at TransPharm includes providing assistance in maintaining laboratory and animal vivarium cleanliness as well as assisting with in vitro microbiology processes in the lab. In addition to her duties at TransPharm, she also serves as the foster program coordinator for Jackson County Animal Shelter.