Insight from experts who understand the power of academic research

Ultimately, the future of the Wallace H. Coulter Center for Translational Research rests on the quality of our Oversight Committee.

UVA's Coulter Center for Translational Research is extremely fortunate in having secured the active participation of a diverse group of outstanding individuals—senior scientists and clinicians, serial entrepreneurs, and industry leaders—who are deeply engaged in the Coulter process and are generous contributors of time, resources and expertise.

  • Peter Caravan, Coulter Oversight Committee

    The Coulter Oversight Committee selects projects for funding and helps steer the direction of the UVA- Coulter Translational Partnership.


  • Keren Ziv, Coulter Oversight Committee

    Oversight Committee members provide advice and insight and share their extensive relationship of industry contacts. Thanks to their experience, they are perceptive critics of our teams' work, able to see potential that might be hidden from less seasoned observers.

  • John Lazo, Coulter Committee

    The insight and experience of the Oversight Committee is critical both to the success of the program and the progress of the individual projects we fund.


Coulter Center Oversight Board

  • Nathan Price Ph.D.

    Nathan Price Ph.D.

    Chief Scientific Officer of Thorne HealthTech

    Dr. Nathan Price is the Chief Scientific Officer of Thorne HealthTech. He is co-author with Lee Hood of The Age of Scientific Wellness and has written articles for The Wall Street Journal, LA Times, and Scientific American. In 2019, he was named one of 10 Emerging Leaders in Health and Medicine by the National Academy of Medicine, and in 2021 he was appointed to the Board on Life Sciences of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

  • Bruce Littlefield, Ph.D.

    Bruce Littlefield, Ph.D.

    Founder and Principal, Shagbark LLC

    Biochemist with core expertise in cancer biology, oncology therapeutics, natural products and their use as starting points for drug discovery. Roles on both sides of academia-industry interface over 40+ year period. In industry, initiated and led pharmacology discovery efforts that led to development of marine sponge natural product-based Halaven® (eribulin mesylate), approved in the US, EU, Japan and many other countries worldwide for certain patients with advanced breast cancer, liposarcoma or soft tissue sarcoma. 

  • Matt Link, Ph.D.

    Matt Link, Ph.D.

    Healthcare Executive | Board Member | Venture Investor

    Senior executive and business strategy leader with a track record of above-market revenue growth and margin expansion. Experienced global general manager with demonstrated leadership in all functional areas, including commercial, R&D, marketing, operations, strategy, and corporate development. Expertise in driving product and commercial market leadership, cross-functional collaboration, leading business transformation initiatives, and scaling inspired teams.

  • Sharon Presnell, Ph.D.

    Sharon Presnell, Ph.D.

    President, Amnion Foundation

    Before Amnion Foundation, an organization dedicated to developing a national, public stem cell bank, Dr. Presnell was simultaneously president of Samara Sciences and CSO of Organovo Holdings,

  • Rich Chylla, M.B.A., Ph.D

    Rich Chylla, M.B.A., Ph.D

    executive director, UVA Licensing and Ventures Group (LVG)

    Rich has extensive experience in licensing and technology commercialization in both academic and industry settings. He has amassed career accomplishments with top-tier organizations including the University of Michigan and BASF Corporation. He also has broad international experience having worked in various technical roles with Johnson Polymer in Singapore, Japan, and the Netherlands.

  • Kate Taylor, Ph.D.

    Kate Taylor, Ph.D.

    Global Innovation Program Manager, Boston Scientific

    Dr. Taylor is the global innovation program manager at Boston Scientific, a leading developer and manufacturer of medical devices used in interventional medical specialties. Before coming to Boston Scientific, she worked for a variety of drug delivery and medical device companies including Medtronic.

  • Keren Ziv, Ph.D.

    Keren Ziv, Ph.D.

    VP of operations and research, Corsalex

    Dr. Ziv is the VP of operations and research at Corsalex, a company with a mission to identify, fund, and develop promising projects to treat C9-ALS/FTD. Among her previous roles, she was chief scientific officer at CytoMag, a microfluidic systems company, and a senior director at X37, an AI aided drug discovery company.

  • Patrick Norton, MD

    Patrick Norton, MD

    University of Virginia Department of Radiology & Pediatrics

    Dr. Patrick Norton is the Fellowship Director of Noninvasive Cardiovascular Imaging and Director of Advanced Visualization Laboratory.  He started his higher education path with a bachelor’s of science in mechanical engineering. He eventually completed his residency and fellowship here at UVA, after which he joined our attending faculty. He’s currently a joint faculty member in the Department of Radiology and the Department of Pediatrics.