Technical Advisory Board

Dr. James J. Valdes, Ph. D.

Dr. James J. Valdes
Dr. Valdes has 34 years of experience in defense research and development, 23 as the Army’s Scientific Advisor for Biotechnology, a Senior Professional position. He was the senior biological scientist and advisor to the Command Group, U.S. Army Research Development and Engineering Command. Ph.D. in neuroscience from Texas Christian University and a postdoctoral Senior Scientists fellow in neurotoxicology at The Johns Hopkins University.

The author of more than 130 peer-reviewed scientific papers, 40 Government technical reports, 7 patents, and more than 300 presentations at international scientific conferences, Dr. Valdes’ current research interests include synthetic engineering biology and biotechnology. Dr. Valdes served on numerous NATO, DOD, NIH, and academic committees and was a member of the Boards of Directors of the International Society for Environmental Biotechnology and the Advanced Science and Technology Adjudication Resource program. Dr. Valdes was a Technical Area Chief for the Army’s SBIR program.


Dr. Charles Boncelet

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Charles Boncelet
Dr. Boncelet has a joint appointment in the Department of Computer & Information Sciences at the University of Delaware. He is a past President of the University of Delaware Faculty Senate and was a long time Associate Chair of the ECE Department in charge of the undergraduate program.

He has held visiting positions at the University of Michigan (1992), Tampere University of Technology in Tampere, Finland (1999), the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra, Australia (2000), the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China in Chengdu, China, and the Idaho National Laboratory.


Robert Borowski, Ph.D.

Former Principal Advisor for the Assistant Secretary of Defense for CB

Dr. Borowski retired from the U.S. Army after 33 years of service in a variety of medical service and leadership roles. In his final military assignment (2003) he served as the Senior Medical Advisor, Office of the Deputy Assistant to the Secretary of Defense (Chemical and Biological Defense). Dr. Borowski has been an experienced leader, senior staff officer, program manager, educator, and scientist in the private sector and the government. He utilizes his expertise and management skills to guide science and technology efforts that address contemporary and future scientific challenges.

After retiring from the U.S. Army, his subsequent civilian positions have supported the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security. At the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (2005 – 2006) he was a senior manager in charge of planning, performing and consulting on basic and applied research for non-medical chemical and biological defense countermeasures. At Analytic Services Inc. (2006 – 2011) he was a Principal Analyst providing subject matter expertise to government clients. He currently provides consultation in the areas of Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense and medical product development to both industry and the government.

Dr. Borowski holds a Ph.D. (Cellular and Molecular Biology) from the University of California, Riverside and a B.S. in Chemistry from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He earned Level III Certification in Program Management at Defense Acquisition University.

Dr. Robert Chin


Dr. Rita R. Colwell

Distinguished University Professor, Biomolecular Sciences
Dr. Rita Colwell

Dr. Rita Colwell is Distinguished University Professor both at the University of Maryland at College Park and at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Senior Advisor and Chairman Emeritus, Canon US Life Sciences, Inc., and Global Science Officer and Chairman of CosmosID, Inc. Her interests are focused on global infectious diseases, water, and health, and she is currently developing an international network to address emerging infectious diseases and water issues, including safe drinking water for both the developed and developing world, in collaboration with Safe Water Network, headquartered in New York City.

Dr. Colwell served as the 11th Director of the National Science Foundation, 1998-2004. In her capacity as NSF Director, she served as Co-chair of the Committee on Science of the National Science and Technology Council. One of her major interests include K-12 science and mathematics education, graduate science and engineering education and the increased participation of women and minorities in science and engineering.

Dr. David Danley, Ph.D., COL(ret).

Former USAMRIID scientist
Dr. David Danley
Dr. Danley has 40 years of experience in medical and biotechnology research with special emphasis on developing and managing the advanced development and FDA approval of military medical products. During his tenure in the U.S. Army Medical Department, he served in many leadership roles and distinguished himself in managing and expanding clinical medical research laboratories at two Army medical centers, developing field equipment development at the US Army Medical Materiel Development Activity, and commanding the US Army Center for Environmental Health Research.

As Assistant Program Manager for the Joint Program Office for Biological Defense, he was one of the key architects for the DoD Joint Vaccine Acquisition Program for the development of biological defense vaccines.  He served as Project Manager for JVAP and was responsible for the integration of medical chemical defense products into the project office and the formation of what is now the Medical Countermeasures Systems Joint Project Management Office.

After 23 years of active service and 10 years in the Reserves, Dr. Danley retired but continued his involvement in translational medical countermeasures development.  He has worked for and consulted with small businesses in developing diagnostics, vaccines, and drugs against chemical and biological threats  He currently serves as an adjunct professor in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Washington and is the VP of Vaccine Development at Parabon NanoLabs.

Mr. Merlin Erickson

Former ECBC Director of Engineering

Dr. Greg Feulner

Ph.D./JD IP expert – Biochemistry
Greg Feulner
Dr. Greg Feulner, an accomplished academic and a resident of Harford County, MD for over 15 years, has actively supported community assistance and educational programs including the Boys & Girls Club of Harford County, Boy Scouts, Harford County Public Libraries, and the Harford County Center for the Arts.

He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry and Biology at the University of Delaware and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the Pennsylvania State University, specializing in molecular biology. He continued his scientific training by completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and a second postdoctoral fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he studied the genetic regulation of specific genes for developing treatments for heart disease and other illnesses associated with human aging.

Dr. Feulner is a lawyer, a graduate of the Syracuse University College of Law, and is currently working at the Johns Hopkins University as an attorney. Dr. Feulner has been employed by law firms including Merchant & Gould, and Potter, Anderson & Corroon, and has held leadership positions in large companies including 3M and DuPont. Dr. Feulner and his family strive to positively impact Harford County by engaging in activities and participating in many non-profit organizations which enhance the success of the community they love and live in.

Dr. Feulner is married to Dr. Lisa Feulner, a Harford County ophthalmologist who established “Advanced Eye Care & Aesthetics” in Bel Air, MD. Advanced Eye Care has won Harford’s Best two years in a row and employs close to 20 people in the county.

Dr. Augustus W. Fountain

Senior Research Scientist for Chemistry, ECBC
Dr. Augustus Fountain

Dr. Augustus Way Fountain III is a member of the Scientific and Professional (ST) cadre of the Senior Executive Service and serves as the Senior Research Scientist for Chemistry within the Research and Technology Directorate, Edgewood Chemical Biological Center.

Selected to this position in December 2007, he is responsible for planning, leading, and conducting cutting edge research in chemical defense related to the Research and Technology Directorate, Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, Department of Army, and Department of Defense missions. He is an internationally recognized expert in electro-optics as it pertains to chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives (CBRN) sensing and provides advice to government agencies for developing schedules and milestones for analytical chemistry and nanoscience projects to ensure appropriate emphasis on emerging technologies.

Dr. Fountain recently lead an Army Technology Objective that leverages existing and emerging chemical detection technologies to specifically detect the chemical signatures of military and homemade explosives. In 2010, Dr. Fountain deployed to Iraq as a civilian scientist and advised the CEXC labs on the forensic analysis of explosives residues. Additionally, Dr. Fountain serves as an at-large representative of the United States to the NATO Sensors & Electronics Technology (SET) Panel advising them on CBRN detection. Dr. Fountain has advised ONR, TSWG, DHS S&T, DIA and JIEDDO on chemical detection strategies of explosives. He retired from the Army after 22 years of active duty where he last served as a Professor of Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry and Life Science at the United States Military Academy. Dr. Fountain’s is a Fellow of SPIE. His research involves the applications and development of Raman spectroscopy; the use of remote optical sensing for the detection of chemicals, biological agents and explosives; hyperspectral remote sensing; and the development of polymeric micro-sensors.

Mr. Phil Hunter

Procurement & Contracts Attorney
Phil Hunter
Procurement and Contracts Attorney





Dr. Sofi Ibrahim

Virologist; formerly at USAMRIID, now at ECBC
Dr. Sofi Ibrahim
Dr. Ibrahim has an extensive background in biodefense research, having served over 25 years in major Army research institutions in the United States and Germany in various capacities, and established highly successful molecular diagnostics and genomics research programs. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Immunology and Infectious Diseases from Johns Hopkins University. He has numerous peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, technical reports and eight patents. He received many civilian awards for his scientific achievements and leadership, including the Meritorious Service Medal.



Dr. Sashi Karna

Senior Research Scientist, Army Research Laboratory

Dr. Keith Martin

Former Deputy Commander at USAMRIID

Dr. Keith Martin is a private scientific consultant on matters of defense medical research and product development. He brings a unique perspective on defense medical research issues acquired through his decades of government research and product development service.

Dr. Martin retired from the US Army in 2011 as a Colonel with nearly 27 years on active duty in various scientific, staff, and leadership positions. Dr. Martin’s last assignment was from 2009 – 2011 as the Deputy Commander for the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) at Fort Detrick, Maryland. In that role, he provided the leadership for the day-to-day operations of the Department of Defense’s lead laboratory for the development of medical solutions and countermeasures against biodefense threats. After his retirement from the Army, he joined General Dynamics Information Technology’s (GDIT) Health Services Group, and in 2014, he worked as a Senior Scientific Advisor with Tunnell Government Services. He entered private consulting in 2016.

A native of Oglethorpe, Georgia, Keith attended Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, and completed his graduate studies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the Laboratory of Medical Genetics under the mentorship of Drs. Wayne and Sara Finely. Keith is a published author/co-author on antimalarial therapeutics and has served on peer-review editorial boards and scientific panels. He is frequently sought out for his advice and guidance on DoD medical product development concerns. For his technical proficiency, he was awarded The Surgeon General’s 9A Proficiency Designator in Biochemistry (equivalent to full professor status) within the Army Medical Department, and served as The Surgeon General’s first Consultant for Medical Acquisition Officers. He has been inducted into the Order of Military Medical Merit, and he is a recipient of numerous military commendations.

Dr. Victor McCrary

Vice President, Research & Economic Development
Morgan State University

Dr. Steve Reeves

Former 2-star general and JPEO Director

Dr. Connie S. Schmaljohn

Chief Scientist, Army Medical

Dr. Jorge Maciel

U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) Biophysical Chemistry Branch

Dr. Jorge Maciel

Dr. Jorge Maciel is a molecular microbiologist with 20+ years of research experience working in the areas of infectious diseases and immunology. Dr. Maciel supports U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) Biophysical Chemistry Branch affinity reagents team in developing new antibodies against various biological and chemical agents of interest, using his knowledge of biological threat agents and the scientific principles which limit the effectiveness of current biological detectors, samples, and assays to develop new countermeasures.

Dr. Maciel was awarded a National Research Council (NRC) Post-doctoral Research Fellowship with the BioDefense Branch at ECBC, and was the recipient of a 2008 U.S. Army Seedling Initiative Program. In addition to his laboratory experience working with various biological agents, Dr. Maciel successfully developed a novel portable ricin activity detection substrate and assay. He was competitively awarded, and served as Principal Investigator for, a multi-year Defense Threat Reduction Agency program to utilize new molecular display technologies to identify and create novel thermostable ligands for biological agents of interest. In addition, Dr. Maciel has extensive experience  in the evaluation of next-generation sequencing technologies and the use of resulting data sets for statistical identification and characterization of microorganisms in simple or complex sample matrices.

Dr. Maciel currently serves as both a Senior Research Scientist and personnel manager of research scientists and support staff at ECBC, and has served as a guest lecturer at several university, including Johns Hopkins University, University of Washington and the National Defense University. He received his B.S. from the University of Notre Dame (South Bend, IN) and was awarded his Ph.D. in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health (Baltimore, MD).