Board Members

Craig Merlic.
Craig Merlic – Executive Director
Associate Professor
UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
(310) 206-8550

Professor Merlic obtained his B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of California, Davis in 1982 and his Ph.D. in organic chemistry as a Hertz Foundation Fellow at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1988. After a National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellowship at Princeton University he joined the faculty in the UCLA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in 1989.

Professor Merlic's research focuses on applications of transition metal organometallic chemistry to organic synthesis and extends from catalysis to synthesis of new chemotherapeutic agents. His most recent work focuses on copper, iridium and palladium catalyzed cross coupling reactions. He has published almost 70 papers in peer-reviewed journals and received a National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award, an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, and a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Petroleum Research Fund and various corporate sponsors.

He created award-winning Internet-based educational projects for course management and teaching spectroscopy in organic chemistry. These projects earned a MERLOT Award for Exemplary Online Learning Resources, a StudySphere Award of Excellence and a StudyWeb Excellence Award. In addition, for his in-class teaching he received a Hanson-Dow Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Professor Merlic has been very active promoting chemical safety at UCLA and in the University of California system. He serves as chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Safety Committee and chair of the campus-wide Chemical and Physical Safety Committee and is a member of the UCLA Safety Oversight Committee. At the University of California system-wide level, he directs an information technology group creating safety software tools for use at all ten university campuses. He received an Outstanding Product Owner award from UC Davis Information Technology Services for his leadership directing a software development team.

Nancy Wayne.
Nancy Wayne – Chairperson
UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
Department of Physiology
(310) 794-1159

Dr. Nancy Wayne is Professor of Physiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She received her B.A. from Northwestern University, Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, and postdoctoral training from the University of Virginia. She joined the UCLA faculty in 1992. Dr. Wayne is the principal investigator of federally funded research in the area of reproductive neuroendocrinology. A basic science researcher, she investigates the biology of GnRH neurons in the central nervous system that control reproduction. Her laboratory studies mechanisms controlling GnRH neuron physiology in order to better predict clinical outcomes regarding reproductive maturation and fertility. Dr. Wayne is also a dedicated educator, and is co-chair of the first year medical school course on Gastrointestinal, Endocrine, and Reproductive Medicine. She received the School of Medicine’s 2010 Excellence in Education Award.

As Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, Dr. Wayne’s portfolio is focused primarily on laboratory safety. She is responsible for communications with faculty with the objective of enhancing the effectiveness of laboratory safety programs and policies, in coordination with laboratory researchers in over 4000 labs on campus. She works closely with Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) and other groups on campus in improving compliance with state- and federally-mandated safety regulations. She is working on a variety of projects aimed at improving policies and implementation of lab safety regulations.

Colin Dimock
Colin Dimock - Ex Officio Board Member
Assistant Vice Chancellor
UCLA Department of Environmental Health & Safety
(310) 206-8204

Colin Dimock has worked in UCLA’s Office of Environment, Health and Safety for more than 15 years and currently serves as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for EH&S.

He received his undergraduate degree in Physics from Occidental College after which he went to work for Brown and Caldwell Analytical Laboratories as an environmental chemist. Over his nine years at BCA he performed a wide variety of inorganic and organic extractions, mass spectrometry analysis, biological culturing, as well as field sampling. He also served as the company’s Radiation safety Officer and developed unique soil extraction methods for analyzing radioactivity in soil samples for military clients. He joined UCLA in 1999 as part of the Radiation Safety Office and has worked in a variety of positions throughout the organization giving him a thorough understanding of safety issues from many perspectives in the research laboratories and in clinical settings.

As the AVC for EH&S, he continues to work with faculty to elevate UCLA’s safety culture and to share the university’s experience with other campuses.

Jeff Foisel
Global Lab Safety and Facilities Manager
Dow Corning

Jeff joined Dow Corning in 1989 as a Manufacturing Engineer and Capital Project Engineer in Carrolton, Kentucky.

Jeff has worked in Process Engineering on projects for handling byproduct chlorosilanes as well as being the Science and Technology safety/facility coordinator for many of Dow Corning’s facilities. Jeff has been a part of the process to implement the RC14001 management system within Dow Corning. This work resulted in clarity and consistency of our Dow Corning safety standards and provided him with the opportunity to be a global auditor for both safety and quality. He has written the global lab compliance assessment tools to aid managers in establishing and verifying safety practices for their people. Dow Corning employees have benefited from his courses in Center Site Lab Safety training. He has given talks at the Kentucky Safety and Health Network conference regarding Safety Communications and how to obtain VPP star status. Jeff has also presented papers for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Jeff was awarded the prestigious Technical Achievement Award in 1999 and the Manufacturing Achievement Award in 1991; MiOSHA Advisory Committee for PPE; NFPA 45 Technical Committee member.

Robin Garrell
UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
(310) 825-2496

Robin L. Garrell was born in Detroit, Michigan. She received her B.S. Degree in Biochemistry with Honors and Distinction from Cornell University in 1978, where she worked with Stuart J. Edelstein to elucidate the structure of sickle cell hemoglobin fibers. She earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in Macromolecular Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1984. Working with Samuel Krimm, she developed surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy to probe adsorption at liquid-metal interfaces. She was an Assistant Professor on the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh until 1991, when she joined the faculty of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a member of the UCLA Biomedical Engineering faculty and the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI). She has served on the Advisory Boards of C&EN, Applied Spectroscopy and other journals. She served on the Coblentz Society Board of Governors (1994-98) and was President of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy in 1999. She is currently a member of the NIH Enabling Bioanalytical and Imaging Technologies Study Section. Garrell was Chair of the Faculty Executive Committee of the UCLA College (2003-07) and Chair of the UCLA Academic Senate in 2009-10. Her educational leadership roles include serving as Associate Director of the NASA Center for Cell-Mimetic Space Exploration, as member of the Executive Board of the NIH Chemistry-Biology Interface Training Program, and as PI/Director of the NSF Nanosystems Chemistry and Engineering Research Experiences for Undergraduates program. Since 2006, she has been the PI/Director of the NSF Integrated Graduate Education and Research Training (IGERT) Materials Creation Training Program at UCLA. Garrell’s UCLA honors include the Herbert Newby McCoy Award for Outstanding Research in Chemistry at UCLA (1995), the Hanson-Dow Award for Teaching Excellence in Chemistry (1997), the UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award (2003), and the Gold Shield Faculty Prize (2009). She is the recipient of the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award (1985), Iota Sigma Pi Agnes Fay Morgan Award (1996), Gold Medal Award in the 2007 Masscal Pioneering Micro and Thermal Analysis Technology Competition, and the Benedetti-Pichler Award from the American Microchemical Society (2007). She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Society for Applied Spectroscopy.

James Gibson
James Gibson
Executive Director, Environmental Health & Safety
University of Southern California
(213) 740-0720

James Gibson is Executive Director of the Office of Environmental Health and Safety at the University of Southern California. He leads a team of EH&S professionals charged with protecting the health and safety of the USC campus community that includes the University Park Campus, Health Sciences Campus and the Keck Medical Center. Dr. Gibson is founder of the UC Center for Laboratory and served as the Center’s first Executive Director.

Prior to joining USC in 2014, Dr. Gibson headed UCLA’s Office of Environment, Health and Safety, which included the Office of Emergency Management. Dr. Gibson served as the Corporate Director of Public Health for Princess Cruises and Cunard from 2004 – 2007 and was Assistant Commissioner for the New York City Department of Health from 2000-2004.

James received his MPH in epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and his PhD in Environmental and Occupational Health from the University of Illinois, Chicago. He currently holds a faculty appointment at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health Sciences and is part-time faculty in the Environmental and Occupational Health Department at California State University at Northridge.

Michael W. Hazen
Vice President, Infrastructure Operations Division and Chief Security Officer
Sandia National Laboratories

Michael Hazen is Vice President of Infrastructure Operations at Sandia National Laboratories (Sandia), a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation. He joined Sandia in June 2004.

In September 2007 he assumed his current position with line responsibilities which include Radiation Protection, Waste Management, Environment, Safety, and Health; Security and Emergency Management, International Travel; and Facilities Management and Operations. He leads the Defense Security Program for the Nuclear Weapons Program Management Unit. As the Chief Security Officer, he integrates all efforts relating to the protection of people, resources, and information, including security operations, computer security. He speaks for Sandia in all aspects of protection.

Prior to this assignment, Hazen served as Sandia's director of the Safeguards and Security Center and as the Principal Program Director of the Defense Security Program of the Nuclear Weapons Program Management Unit. He led an organization responsible for the entire spectrum of safeguards and security operations, including policy and guidance for the principal site in Albuquerque, NM and in 13 remote locations. His program responsibilities included Cyber Security, Weapons Incident Response, Safeguards and Security, and Secure Transportation Assets.

Since 2008, Michael co-championed an effort to change the way Sandia approaches the planning, designing and conducting of hazardous operations, with a particular emphasis on "safety by design intent" and critical thinking. This effort - "engineered safety" - focuses on the use of a disciplined and rigorous systems engineering approach to build a layered defense against hazards and to prevent accidents.

In January 2014 Michael co-led the first Accident Investigation Board (AIB) to be jointly conducted by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and a national laboratory, in response to an accident that occurred at Sandia. The AIB was conducted with a focus on learning, with an objective of understanding what happened and why it happened, with the goal of significantly improving performance and preventing future accidents.

Before coming to Sandia, Hazen completed a 31 year career in the United States Air Force. As the Director of Security Forces, AF Space Command his last AF assignment, he was responsible for the stewardship of both the Nuclear and Space Security Roadmaps, which guaranteed the protection of vital global and national assets.

Prior to this assignment he was Wing Commander for Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio; there, he provided total operations and logistics support to one of the largest bases in the Air Force. He also commanded at the Group and Squadron levels.

Hazen received a B.S. in Management from the University of Maryland, an M.A. in Public Administration from Golden Gate University, attended Air Command and Staff College, and attended the Air Force’s highest educational institution, the Air War College. He has also received a fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI Program.

Eryn Lee
Assistant Adjunct Professor
UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
(310) 825-9356

Dr. Eryn Ujita Lee is an Assistant Adjunct Professor of Biological Chemistry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She received her A.B. from Occidental College and Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has been at UCLA since 1983. Dr. Lee teaches problem based learning in Foundations of Medicine 1 and Gastrointestinal, Endocrine, and Reproductive Medicine 1. She also teaches the Human Biochemistry and Nutrition labs for first and second year medical students and the Hot Topics in Nutrition Selective. She is the co-editor of the electronic journal Nutrition Bytes. She received the School of Medicine’s Outstanding Tutor Award in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, and 2013 and the Award for Excellence in Education in 2011.

As the School of Medicine Laboratory Safety Officer, Dr. Lee’s charge is to facilitate and foster the development of effective safety programs in each department. She is responsible for communications with department safety coordinators in the School of Medicine.

Dawn C, Mason
Technology Manager
Eastman Chemical Company

Dr. Dawn Mason is currently a Technology Manager at Eastman Chemical Company in Kingsport, TN.

Dawn was previously employed with E. I. Dupont de Nemours & Co. Dawn earned her B.S. from the University of Missouri – Columbia and her Ph.D. from Texas A&M University with Marcetta Darensbourg. Over the last 10 years, Dawn has held a number of managerial positions and successfully led a variety of technology groups contributing in areas from catalysis to polymer modification and from technical service to process improvement. She has a track record of driving talent and portfolio management to enable organizations to meet their specific goals.

Dawn is a member of the American Chemical Society Leadership Advisory Board.

Harold G. Monbouquette
UCLA Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Harold G. (Hal) Monbouquette is a tenured professor in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department of the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (HSSEAS).

Dr. Monbouquette currently conducts research on microsensors for neurotransmitters and on technology for detection of nucleic acids of specific sequence. He is a member of the California NanoSystems Institute. Professor Monbouquette’s degrees include a BA in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard College (1979) and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from NC State University in 1987. He joined the faculty at UCLA in 1987 as assistant professor. He has served as Department Chair, as Chair of the HSSEAS Faculty Executive Committee, and as Director of the UCLA NIH Biotechnology Training Program. He was a recipient of a Department of Energy Young Faculty Award and was presented a TRW Excellence in Teaching Award. In 2007, he was elected Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. He is a member of the UCLA Chemical and Physical Safety Committee.

Dr. Monbouquette was recently appointed Associate Dean for Research and Physical Resources of HSSEAS.

Ken Smith
Kenneth Smith - Ex Officio Board Member
Executive Director, Environmental Health & Safety
UCOP Risk Services
(510) 882-3499

Ken Smith is the Interim Director of Environmental Health & Safety at the University of California office of the President (UCOP). He is also the Systemwide Laboratory Safety Manager for the University of California and assists all 10 UC campuses, 5 UC Medical, Agriculture and Natural Resources Centers, in addition to remote laboratory locations in their efforts to improve their laboratory safety programs. .

Ken oversaw the development of an online Laboratory Safety Training course for the UC campuses and was instrumental in developing and implementing an online Laboratory Hazard Assessment Tool that assisted UC campuses in documenting all laboratory workers on each campus, identifying what chemicals they are using, identifying the hazards of these chemicals, and identifying the appropriate personal protective equipment necessary to protect UC researchers from laboratory hazards. Ken also launched a university‐wide initiative to send laboratory safety experts to all campuses in the UC system to assist with the development of Standard Operating Procedures for every experiment being conducted at UC in order to ensure safe research.

Ken has served the UC system for 24 years in the areas of Radiation Safety and Research Safety. Prior to joining UCOP, Ken served as a research safety manager at UC San Diego from 2006 to 2012 and as a radiation safety officer at UC Santa Cruz from 1994-2006.

Ken is an alumnus of UC Santa Cruz, where he received his degrees in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Ken holds board certifications in Industrial Hygiene, Health Physics and Laser Safety. He is also a registered Radiation Protection Technologist.

Nathan Watson
President & CEO

Nathan Watson is the President and Chief Executive Officer of BioRAFT, a US-based provider of integrated laboratory safety and research management software solutions.

Prior to founding BioRAFT in 2003, he spent twelve years as a bench researcher at the University of California San Francisco Medical School and Dartmouth Medical School studying the molecular underpinnings of cellular differentiation and metabolism of brain tumors. For nine years he also served as a laboratory supervisor overseeing the daily lab operations and research administration for large teams of research scientists. His research focused primarily on the Id genes, dominant-negative inhibitors of helix-Loop-helix transcription factors, which are ubiquitously expressed throughout early development, rarely expressed in adult tissues, and highly expressed in many types of brain tumors. His findings that the Id genes play a key role in glucose metabolism in developing tissues (and in central nervous system tumors) led to collaborations that revealed their role in the relationship between the circadian clock and glucose metabolism.

In addition to running BioRAFT, Nathan is a member of MindShare and the Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network, and serves on the board of directors of The Laboratory Safety Institute, an international non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and ensuring laboratory health and safety.