Staff

  • Global Relations Lead
  • Director, Legal Program
  • Manager of Web & Design Services
  • Manager of Finance and Operations

Global Relations Lead

Lauren Ha

Lauren Ha

Lauren Ha is the Global Relations Lead at BioBricks Foundation, a U.S. not-for-profit organization founded by leading synthetic biology researchers from MIT, UCSF, and Harvard to make biology easier to engineer by promoting and protecting the open development of biological technology based on BioBrick™ standard biological parts.

Mrs. Ha began her management career in 1997 by joining Sydney Brenner and Roger Brent in developing the Molecular Sciences Institute (MSI) in Berkeley, California, a multidiscliplinary, bioengineering research lab . She served as the MSI’s Vice President of Administration from 1997 to 2005. As Vice President, Mrs. Ha was responsible for financial and administrative operations, managing a multimillion-dollar annual operating budget. She was appointed Executive Officer of the Corporation and helped raise over $25M in research funding. In 2002, she was also appointed Administrative Manager and Steering Committee Member of the MSI Center for Genomic Experimentation and Computation and helped the Center win a designation as a “Center of Excellence in Genomic Sciences” by the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

In her current position at the BioBricks Foundation, Mrs. Ha leads and participates in projects that support the technical programs at the Foundation. She coordinates the development of long-term strategy and secures financial resources for the projects. She is currently working to develop a network of design/build labs around the world (Global BIOFAB Network) and coordinatng a global roadmapping effort for synthetic biology.

In addition to her work with the BioBricks Foundation, Mrs. Ha is engaged in independent policy research on innovation and economic development based on science and technology, in collaboration with the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology in Japan. Mrs. Ha also serves as Founder & President of Creative BioWorks, a business consulting firm based in the Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina, where she advises start-up biotechnology companies on strategic planning, financial and administrative operations management, and fundraising.

Mrs. Ha received her B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of South Carolina.

Director, Legal Program

Linda Kahl

Linda Kahl

Linda Kahl, Ph.D., J.D., is Director of the Legal Program at the BioBricks Foundation. Linda received her Ph.D. in biochemistry and cell biology from Princeton University and completed postdoctoral studies in genetics at the University of California, Berkeley. She received her J.D., magna cum laude, from Santa Clara University School of Law, with an emphasis in Intellectual Property Law, and has been admitted to practice in California and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Linda is passionate about facilitating the translation of scientific discoveries into products and services that promote the health of people and the planet.  Prior to joining the BBF, Linda founded and led SciScript Communications, a consulting firm that helps researchers in biotechnology companies, pharmaceutical companies, and academic organizations communicate their findings in technical reports, clinical study protocols and peer-reviewed journals.

As a legal scholar at Stanford University, Linda leads the Ownership, Access, Sharing, and Innovation Systems (OASIS) project for Synberc, a Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation. Her team developed a portfolio of options for working within or modifying existing legal frameworks to support innovation in synthetic biology and biotechnology, more generally. Linda also designed and executed studies to define the enabling technologies of synthetic biology. Empirical data derived from Linda’s work is helping to shape the policies and practices of government, funding, and community organizations that impact the regulation, patenting, and licensing of foundational technologies in synthetic biology.

In her role as Director of the BBF Legal Program, Linda aims to help build the global infrastructure for managing intellectual property rights in synthetic biology and to educate the research community, policy makers, legal community, and other stakeholders about biotechnology, intellectual property, and the BioBrick™ Public Agreement.

Manager of Web & Design Services

Jeff Brock

Jeff Brock

Jeff Brock is a charismatic, right-and-left-brained communicator with more than 14 years expertise in web content, programming, design and usability, and 9 years as a photographer, journalist and media relations professional. Brock uses his expertise in all things digital to ensure that BioBricks Foundation staff, board, and the larger BBF community stay connected, overseeing all the organization’s websites, social-networking accounts, blogs, hosting services, and print and collateral materials.

He’s committed to social change. Brock worked at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation from 1996-2007 (first as media spokesperson, and then webmaster). In June 2003, he bicycled 585 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles in AIDS/LifeCycle, raising more than $3,300 for the AIDS Foundation. Some of his recent work for nonprofits includes websites for InSTEDD (Innovative Support to Emergencies Diseases and Disasters) and the Kidney TRUST, as well as an online fundraising campaign for Mama Cash, an international women’s rights organization in Amsterdam.

As owner of the design & development shop Jeff Brock Studio, Brock is a staunch proponent of open source software, including WordPress, PHP, and MySQL.

Brock, a former indie film actor who has a BA in sociology from Stanford University, lives in Seattle with his wife Bobbie, and a cat with only one eye, and a cat with no tail.

Manager of Finance and Operations

Brian Schulz

Brian Schulz

Brian Schulz came to the BioBricks Foundation in November 2010 as a part-time bookkeeper, and as the organization has quickly grown over the last year, Brian’s role has grown into the new Manager of Finance and Operations (MOFO). The MOFO oversees the major financial and operational systems of BBF with tasks including but not limited to financial accounting and reporting, taxes and filings, human resources and payroll, and virtual office management.

Brian has a strong background in financial and operational leadership at nonprofit organizations. He was previously Director of Finance and Administration at Film Arts Foundation, and is currently the Operations Manager at Ninth Street Independent Film Center. Brian also has a background in nonprofit direct mail fundraising, working with many internationally recognized progressive organizations including US Fund for UNICEF, National Wildlife Foundation, National Organization for Women, and Human Rights Campaign.

Brian grew up in the Washington, DC area, and has a degree in Political Science from Earlham College in Richmond, IN. Brian lives in San Francisco and Nevada City, CA with his partner Jack and his cat.