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Meet our BioTech Training & Conferences Management Team

We are eager to assist you with all of your training and conference management needs! 

PROGRAM MANAGER (BIOTECH) & LEAD SCIENTIST | Jithesh Veetil, Ph.D.

Dr. Jithesh Veetil received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR where he developed innovative implantable continuous glucose monitoring sensors and diabetes drug discovery tools in collaboration with Bayer Healthcare.  He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Section of cellular Biophotonics at National Institutes of Health (NIH/NIAAA), where he created novel assays and methods for studying normal and abnormal protein interactions, mainly in cardiovascular and neuronal disorders. He also holds a Masters in Biotechnology and Bachelors in Food Technology; and took Continuing Education courses at Harvard University through Catalyst Postgraduate Education Program, where he completed an intensive training program on biomedical device development.  He also completed training courses at the FAES Graduate School at NIH on Health Policy & Biomedical Business Development. In addition, he co-chaired NIH Visiting Fellows Committee to develop a wide range of seminars and workshops meant for scientific and professional development of 4,000 plus research trainees at NIH and the scientific community in and around DC area. As a biomedical graduate with interdisciplinary educational and professional background, his knowledge on the current and future biotech landscape is exceptional. Jithesh may be reached at (301) 435-5258 or jithesh.velichamthotuveetil@nih.gov

CHIEF SCIENTIFIC ADVISOR | John F. Finerty, Ph.D.

Dr. Finerty has been in and around NIH since 1966, and currently serves (since 1975) as the FAES graduate school, Department Chair for the Immunology and Microbiology department.  His career focus is in the area of immunology of cancer and infectious diseases. His scientific experience and expertise spans many decades working as senior scientist with NIH (Program Director, Retinal & Choroidal Diseases Branch, NEI; and Branch Chief of the Immunobiology and Immunochemistry Branch, EAP,NlAID). 

PROGRAM MANAGER, BIOTECH TRAINING, CELLSERV & CONFERENCE MANAGEMENT SERVICES | Ashanti Edwards, M.A.

Ashanti Edwards, is a graduate of the Chicago School of Professional Psychology where she received her Masters of Science degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. She also received her undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University in Business and Management.  Prior to joining FAES, Ashanti worked at the Johns Hopkins University's Institute for NanoBioTechnology (INBT), where she was the Academic Administrator of several research and training programs funded through HHMI, NIH, DoD and NSF. Ashanti has vast experience in higher education, grant writing, program development, career services, and curriculum development. Ashanti is responsible for the administration of all training, conference management services, and CellServ program.  She manages the Biotech, Training and Conferences, & CellServ staff.  She may be reached at email: ashanti.edwards@nih.gov and/or telephone number (301) 594-1475.

BIOTECHNOLOGY ASSOCIATE SCIENTIST | Goutham Kodakandla M.S

Goutham Kodakandla received his Masters of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology from University of Missouri, Kansas City (UMKC). His scientific expertise is in the fields of Pharmacology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, and Analytical Chemistry.  At UMKC, he worked on several research projects involved in understanding the effects of drugs of abuse in neuro degeneration in conjunction with several HIV-1 viral proteins.  He also undertook multiple internship based training from several pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.  Goutham  was a Teaching Assistant at UMKC for various undergraduate and graduate courses. At FAES, Goutham is responsible for managing CellServ educational kit production and QC. He also serves as instructor for  multiple lab training programs offered by FAES at NIH. Goutham can be reached at goutham.kodakandla@nih.gov or 301-594-0499.

REGISTRATION SPECIALIST & MEMORIAL FUND COORDINATOR | Carline Coote

Carline Coote has worked in the FAES Conference Department for over 14 years. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology and Sciences and is responsible for registration and payment adminstration for all conference and training events. Carline is also responsible for coordinating FAES’ memorial funds invoices in support of sponsorship of several Memorial Funds including the Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series (WALS) and others listed below. Carline may be reached at email: ccoote@od.nih.gov and telephone number (301) 496-7975.

PROGRAM ASSOCIATE, BIOTECH & CELLSERV | Antonisha Morrison

Antonisha Morrison is responsible for the day-to-day administrative support for the CellServ program and is the program assistant for Biotech and Conferences.  Antonisha can be reached at email antonisha.morrison@nih.gov and telephone number 301-496-7977.

We Also Administer Several Memorial Funds

  • Sato Memorial Fund – Set up by former NIH scientist, Yoshio Sato, to encourage development of pharmacology, therapeutics and pharmaceutical sciences through exchange of scientists between Japan and the United States of America.
  • Astute Clinician Memorial Fund – Established in 1997 by former NIH scientist Dr. Robert Miller as an annual Lecture to recognize a physician who has made an important clinical observation that has served as a focus for research.
  • John Doppman Memorial Fund – Established by the wife of late NIH scientist, Dr. John Doppman to support the annual John Doppman Memorial Lecture.
  • Pisano Memorial Fund – A travel grant administered by the FAES for the purpose of encouraging historical research relating to the NIH intramural programs.
  • Aurbach Memorial Fund – Provides tuition assistance for needy FAES graduate school students.
  • Rose Lieberman Memorial Fund – Rose Lieberman was a distinguished scientist in the NIAID, NIH Laboratory of Immunology. Upon her death, friends and colleagues established a fund to support the Rose Lieberman Memorial Lecture to be given annually at the Bethesda campus of the NIH, the first of which was given in 1993.

FAES is dedicated to promoting advanced education in the sciences and supporting biomedical research within the NIH intramural program.