As a legal extern for the Commercialization team, Maseo provides legal research and assistance for startups in the life sciences industry. He is a second-year law student at Tulane University Law School, where he is a member of Moot Court and serves as Vice President of the Business Law Society. Maseo graduated with a B.A. from Oglethorpe University in 2014, where he majored in International Affairs and double minored in Business Administration and Spanish. Prior to law school he worked as a Senior Legal Assistant for the Social Security Administration where he gained two years of experience in disability and federal administrative law.
Michelle serves as one of our legal externs. She provides legal research for both current and potential clients. Michelle is currently a May 2020 J.D. candidate at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. She is a graduate of Baylor University with a B.B.A. in Marketing with a concentration in non-profit marketing (2015). Shortly after graduating she began work as the Director of Marketing, Communication, and Information Technology for over a year at NeighborWorks Waco, a non-profit organization focused on homeownership and community building.
Kris Khalil is the Managing Director of the BioFund, an early-stage life science investment firm housed within the New Orleans Bioinnovation Center. Kris has over a decade of working knowledge in the early stage investment & credit industries. Prior to joining the Center, Kris gained valuable experience as an underwriter and analyst for multi-national and community-based financial institutions such as Capital One Bank and Omni Bank. Kris holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Louisiana State University with concentrations in entrepreneurship and accounting, and an MBA from Tulane’s A.B. Freeman School of Business. Kris is a New Orleans native, is an active volunteer in the community, and is passionate about investments that ultimately generate a positive impact. Since 2013, the BioFund has invested in over 20 New Orleans seed-stage companies, with a primary focus on the life sciences, advanced manufacturing, and commercialization of university-affiliated technologies.
Michael provides business consulting services to startups on a wide range of topics, including business strategy, business models, financial modeling, fundraising, competitive analysis, and marketing. He also manages the Center’s health security accelerator project, part of the Division of Research, Innovation and Ventures (DRIVe) Accelerator Network established by the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA). He graduated Beta Gamma Sigma from Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business with an M.B.A. in Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management & Leadership (2017). Prior to pursuing a business career, Michael obtained a J.D. from Tulane Law School and gained six years of experience in disability and federal administrative law. He is licensed to practice law in NY and DC. Michael also holds a B.A. from Syracuse University in philosophy and economics, with minors in political science and psychology.
As a Commercialization intern, McKenzie provides market research and competitive landscape analysis to BioInnovation startups. McKenzie is a second-year M.B.A candidate concentrating in Strategic Management and Leadership at Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business. She is a graduate of Hampton University with a B.S in Economics (2011). McKenzie worked as a Financial Institution Specialist at the FDIC and Bank Examiner with the Maryland State Government and DC Government for over six years.
Nina is a legal extern for the Commercialization team with interests in corporate and intellectual property law. She is a second year law student at Tulane Law School, where she is a member of the Tulane Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property. Nina graduated with a B.A. from Rice University in 2014, where she studied Cognitive Science as well as Biochemistry and Cell Biology. Prior to pursuing a legal career, Nina worked as a Research Technician at Baylor College of Medicine, in the Department of Molecular Virology and Microbiology.
Jesse is a Stationary Engineer, licensed by the City Of New Orleans since 2000. He completed a 2 year course for Stationary Engineering at New Orleans Regional Technical School and worked 1 year as an apprentice at Le Méridien Hotel. He has been an engineer at Ochsner Westbank, Oschner Main Campus, East Jefferson General Hospital and Place St. Charles. He has worked as a fitter at Avondale and Textron Marine Systems. Jesse has his OSHA 511 certification and is the first person in New Orleans to be certified to check backflow prevention systems without being a master plumber. Jesse teaches voice and saxophone at Guitar Center, and he enjoys playing occasional gigs and doing studio work as well as writing music.
Dr. Sarkar completed his undergraduate education at the Johns Hopkins University where he obtained degrees in applied mathematics, biomedical engineering, and neurosciences. He earned his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of California at San Diego School of Medicine. He completed a Neurology Residency at the University of California at Davis, in Sacramento. This was followed by the completion of a Brain Injury and Medicine Fellowship at Northwestern and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. He is double boarded in Neurology and Brain Injury Medicine and Rehabilitation. He joined the Ochsner Neurosciences Institute in 2015 and is also a Clinical Instructor at the Tulane School of Medicine and adjunct professor in the Tulane Department of Biomedical Engineering. He recently joined the Section of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the New Orleans VA Medical Center. His research on traumatic brain injury has been published in peer-reviewed journals and has been awarded the American Academy of Neurology’s (AAN) Founder’s Award in Translational Research. He currently serves as a board member for the non-profit Brain Injury Association of Louisiana (BIALA).