Scientific Advisors

Nathan Tumey, PhD

L. Nathan Tumey joined Binghamton University in 2017 as an Assistant Professor. Previously he had 15 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry. He received his PhD in chemistry from Duke University in 2001, under the supervision of Michael Pirrung. His research emphasis was on the medicinal chemistry of LpxC inhibitors as antibacterial agents against gram negative bacteria. During his years in the pharmaceutical industry, Tumey was a key leader in multiple drug-discovery programs including the development of 5HT2c agonists for obesity, PKC-theta inhibitors for asthma, IRAK4 inhibitors for rheumatoid arthritis and antibody-drug-conjugates (ADCs) for the treatment of cancer. At Binghamton, his research focuses on the application of antibody-drug conjugates and related modalities for the treatment of auto-immune disorders and rare diseases. Additionally, his lab investigates bioconjugate stability, ADC linker design and new modalities for targeted drug-delivery.

Russell Dushin, PhD

Russell Dushin has 20+ years in the biotechnology and pharma space. He has expertise in HTS triage, lead optimization, natural product synthesis and derivatization, macrocycles, antibody-drug conjugates, DNA-Encoded library chemistry. He has over 70 patents and publications. He has worked at American Cyanamid, Wyeth, and Pfizer. Prior to that, he received his PhD at Cornell University in Organic Chemistry.

SatwantNarula, PhD

Dr. Satwant Narula has had a long and illustrious career in the biopharma space. She was the former Vice President of Immunology at three established, large pharmaceutical companies, including Schering Plough, Roche Pharmaceuticals and Bristol-Myers Squibb. While VP, she has overseen large teams of multi-disciplinary scientists to advance multiple drugs into the clinic.  As Dr, Narula's areas of expertise are autoimmune diseases, respiratory diseases, fibrosis, infectious diseases, immune tolerance and cancer immunotherapy, she was responsible for all preclinical drug discovery and early development. . She has had a long and successful track record in progressing biological drugs (cytokines and antibodies) and small molecule therapeutics into the clinic, bringing a personalized health care/biomarker approach to drug development. Her broad vision and expertise in drug development has been instrumental in successfully guiding Synthis' platform development.

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