Robert W. Rubin, Ph.D., President and CEO, has over 40 years of experience in research and development, including 21 years in his current role. He came to Lovelace after serving as Vice Provost for Research at the University of Miami. Under Dr. Rubin’s guidance, Lovelace transitioned from a Department of Energy-funded research facility to one of the country’s most preeminent drug development laboratories.
Shannon L. Toma, C.P.A., is Executive Vice President and chief operating officer. She is responsible for administrative operations, safety, regulatory, legal and financial compliance. In this role, she works closely with the CEO and senior management to develop and implement the company vision and mission via the strategic plan including new business, acquisitions and strategic partnerships.
Jake McDonald, Ph.D., is Vice President of Applied Sciences, with more than 20 years of experience in drug development and toxicology/pharmacology. He serves at the Site Director for Lovelace Biomedical. He has over 170 publications and 180 published abstracts, and he has given over 75 presentations at technical meetings. He has served on several National Academy of Science panels as well as serving on numerous advisory and editorial boards for private industry, government and academia. His depth of experience includes pharmaceutics, drug development, toxicology, risk assessment, environmental/occupational hazard assessment, medical countermeasure development and chemical-induced toxicity. Dr. McDonald received a B.S. in biology/environmental chemistry from the University of La Verne in 1996 and a Ph.D. Toxicology from the University of Nevada in 2000.
Ted Barrett, Ph.D., is Senior Director, Pharmacology at Lovelace Biomedical. Dr. Barrett has spent most of his career investigating the effects of small molecule, biologic, nucleic acid and medical device technologies in various animal models of disease. His programs aim to translate nonclinical efficacy, pharmacokinetic, and pharmacodynamic data obtained by from species ranging from rodents to nonhuman primates to the human clinical paradigm. Dr. Barrett received his doctorate in toxicology from the University of Rochester and joined Lovelace in 1999.
Philip Kuehl, Ph.D., is a scientist and head of the Scientific Core Laboratories at Lovelace Biomedical. The Scientific Core Laboratories are responsible for the formulation, chemistry, bioanalysis, aerosol engineering solutions, microbial analysis and telemetry systems. Dr. Kuehl is an expert in formulation by all routes, and is renowned for his contributions to pulmonary formulation and respiratory drug development. He has over 45 publications in drug development and formulation, is a managing member of the Inhalation and Nasal Technology Focus Group and ad hoc reviewer of numerous journals. Dr. Kuehl received his B.A. in biochemistry from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota and a Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences (minor in analytical chemistry) from the University of Arizona. Dr. Kuehl joined Lovelace in 2007.
Melanie Doyle-Eisele, Ph.D., heads the Life Sciences division, which includes study directors and technical and necropsy staff. Dr. Doyle-Eisele has served as study director on over 250 studies, including GLP and non-GLP PK, ADME, safety/toxicity, efficacy and general toxicology/pharmacology studies using animal models ranging from rodents to NHPs. She has expertise in pharmaceutical development applied both to traditional pathways (IND/NDA) and animal rule work performed for development of medical countermeasures. Dr. Doyle-Eisele received a B.S. in chemistry from the University of South Carolina and a Ph.D. in inhalation toxicology and environmental chemistry from the University of North Carolina. Dr. Doyle-Eisele joined Lovelace in 2007.
Meghan is the Director of Comparative Medicine, and Attending Veterinarian at Lovelace Biomedical. Her expertise is in comparative animal modeling and translational research. She is experienced in leading highly collaborative, multidisciplinary research teams in both academic and industry settings. Meghan’s specific interests and experience includes models of infectious disease, respiratory physiology, mucosal immunology, and reproductive biology. She received her B.S. at The Ohio State University, DVM at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Ph.D in Cellular and Molecular Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She joined Lovelace in 2018.