Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is comprised of select past international leaders and serves primarily as a guide to the Executive Management Team. The board is also legally responsible for The Triple Helix, Inc.
Chairman | Erwin Wang
Erwin Wang served as Executive Production Editor of The Triple Helix from 2004-2007. A member of the founding board, Erwin led the production of over 35 different editions of the journal for the organization. Erwin graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Philosophy in 2007 and with a Masters in Health Administration in 2009. Erwin went on to join The Lewin Group as a Research Consultant, where he advised several federal governmental agencies, international pharmaceutical associations, and a major foundation. Findings from his work informed federal policy and organizational strategy. Erwin is now a medical student at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. In addition to several active research projects and participation in Institute for Healthcare Improvement Open School process improvement projects at Georgetown University Hospital, Erwin was also a coordinator for a student-driven free clinic in an underserved area in Southeast Washington, DC. As the Development Coordinator for the HOYA Clinic, he managed the finances and external relations of the organization. The HOYA Clinic serves 500-700 patients annually and involves hundreds of medical students. Erwin continues to serve The Triple Helix as Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Vice Chairman | Kalil Abdullah
Kalil Abdullah is a resident neurosurgeon at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He has been a member of the Board of Directors for 5 years, and has been involved with the Triple Helix since its inception in 2005. He received his medical degree from the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, and graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University with a degree in Molecular Biotechnology, where he founded a Triple Helix chapter in 2005. He has authored or co-authored numerous scientific manuscripts and book chapters and presented his research as an invited speaker both nationally and internationally. He is the recipient of a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellowship at the National Institutes of Health, an American Medical Association Foundation Seed Grant, a TEDMED FrontLine Scholarship, a NASA Space Grant Award, and the Alfred S. Maschke Award for Excellence in the Art and Practice of Medicine.
Manisha Bhattacharya graduated cum laude from Cornell University in 2009 with a double major in Biological Sciences (Molecular and Cell Biology) and Economics. She began her four-year career with the Triple Helix as a writer and Associate Editor at the Cornell chapter, and subsequently held positions on the International Editorial Board as a Senior Literary Editor and Executive Editor-in-Chief. After becoming Chief Executive Officer in August 2007, she facilitated the establishment of both the Science Policy Division and the annual Triple Helix Poster Session, now held each year at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She is currently an MD/MBA candidate at Duke University; having completed her core clinical training at the School of Medicine, she is in her second year at the Fuqua School of Business. She is currently engaged in interdisciplinary research studying cancer care delivery systems in India and global trends in pharmaceutical R&D investment, areas of interest that she will ultimately combine with clinical practice in internal medicine and oncology.
Jennifer Ong graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a B.S. in Biology and minor in Communications. She served on the TTH International Executive Management Board as COO of North American in 2010-2011 and Chief Executive Officer from 2011-2012. During this time, she led integrated marketing campaigns to rebrand the organization, facilitated efforts for a mobile movement, initiated the TTH high school outreach program, and coordinated the 2010, 2011 and 2012 TTH Conference and Leadership Summits. Her career with The Triple Helix started with the article “Deep Brain Stimulation, A Quest for Cognitive Enhancement,” which was selected as the cover article for the Fall 2008 Science in Society Review. As a result of her work for The Triple Helix, Jen has conducted research on the effects of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation for bipolar patients for the UC Davis Medical Center, and co-authored an article on teenage brain development for Scientific American. She is currently a Product Manager for a medical technology company in San Diego, CA.
Zain Pasha graduated with honors and distinction from Cornell University where he studied Economics, Government and Information Science. He founded the Triple Helix Online and served on the Triple Helix Executive Management Team as Executive Director of Electronic Publishing for over two years. Zain is a contributing author on the book Sanctions, Statecraft and Nuclear Proliferation (Cambridge University Press, April 2012) and is passionate about post-digital technology, education reform and international politics. Zain is currently an Analyst at Deloitte Consulting in New York City.
Julia Piper is a past CEO of TTH (2009-2010), the founding Executive Director of Science Policy (2008-2009) and a contributor to 3 issues of the Science in Society Review. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Molecular and Cell Biology, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. Her scientific pursuits have included the molecular mechanism of the Angelman Syndrome protein, Ube3A, under Dr. Lu Chen, the degree and form of somatic genomic mosaicism in neural lineages under Dr. Fred Gage at The Salk Institute, and the constraints and dynamics of genetic network evolution under Dr. Michael Desai.
James Shepherd is currently a computational chemist at Rice University (Houston, USA) where he holds a Research Fellowship of the Royal Commission of the Exhibition of 1851 (London, UK). This followed seven-and-a-half years earning undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the Chemistry Department at the University of Cambridge (UK) and he founded the Cambridge branch of The Triple Helix in 2006. Two years later, in 2008, this work was recognised by the award of the Sir Harold Gilles Bursary by Gonville and Caius College. In 2010 he wrote a book chapter on his experiences of undergraduates communicating science through The Triple Helix for the book Successful Science Communcation (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and in 2011 presented the story of the growth of The Triple Helix at Cambridge at the AAAS General Meeting 2011 as part of the European Union-US Symposium Series. James is always happy to receive correspondence about projects for the future, questions about grad school or almost anything else.
Jennifer Yang graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Molecular and Cell Biology (emphasis in Neurobiology) and a Minor in English. She co-founded a student-run course as Chapter Production Head for TTH at UC Berkeley, and served as the Executive Director of Internal Affairs for TTH International from 2009-2010 and again from 2011-2012, directing the planning committee for The Triple Helix Annual Meeting, developing the first internal resource site, and establishing a sustainable alumni network. Currently, Jen is working on clinical gene therapies for Alzheimer’s disease at the UCSD Center for Neural Repair under Dr. Mark Tuszynski, and serving as Co-Chair for Team HBV, a non-profit organization promoting hepatitis B awareness and education. She will begin her medical studies in the fall.
Advisor to the Board | Kevin Hwang
Kevin Hwang founded The Triple Helix in 2004 and has served as Chairman (2007-2012), CEO (2004-2007), and Cornell Chapter President (2004-2005). As CEO, Kevin grew the organization into the world’s largest, completely student-run, non-profit corporation involving over 1,000 student staff and 28 chapter universities on 4 continents. For his accomplishments, he has been featured in 18 local and national media articles, including USA Today as one of the nation’s top 20 undergraduates in 2006. Kevin received his B.A. from Cornell University in Biological Sciences (Microbiology) and Economics, where he graduated as a Merrill Presidential Scholar (top 1% of graduating class) and was selected for 17 major academic and leadership awards. At Cornell, he conducted several years of independent lab research resulting in a College Scholar senior thesis and led several campus organizations. Upon graduation, Kevin worked as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company advising Fortune 500 healthcare and consumer goods companies. His work experience also includes time at Intel Corporation, the California State Assembly, and private equity firm BC Partners. He recently received his MBA from Harvard Business School and is working in private equity in New York.
Advisor to the Board | Melissa Matarese
Melissa Matarese has recently graduated with an MBA from the Harvard Business School and was awarded the Robert Kaplan Life Science Fellowship. She completed a MPhil from Cambridge University in Bioscience Enterprise and holds a BA in Neuroscience with honors from Johns Hopkins University. She has worked at Stryker Orthopedics in Regulatory Affairs and in Investment Banking at JP Morgan in the healthcare coverage group. Melissa has also been concurrently developing a drug delivery platform technology. Post HBS, she will join Elsevier as a management associate in its executive development program.