ILSI Research Foundation Staff Stephanie Carter

Stephanie Carter
Senior Program and
Conference Manager

Ms. Stephanie Carter has over 25 years of experience at ILSI. She first worked with the ILSI Risk Science Institute as an Administrative Coordinator before it was folded into the Research Foundation. Ms. Carter serves as Senior Program and Conference Manager for the Research Foundation and provides the primary administrative and logistical support for all Research Foundation sponsored conferences, workshops, and symposia. Ms. Carter has extensive organizational experience and has been involved in the development, planning, and management of international conferences, workshops, and training programs since 2000. She served as a program manager for the Research Foundation’s TAKE 10! Program and did teacher training and school outreach to help promote physical activity and health in elementary schools.

ILSI Research Foundation Staff Xianglu Han

Xianglu Han, Ph.D.
Scientific Program Manager

Dr. Xianglu Han joined the ILSI Research Foundation as a Scientific Program Manager in June 2015. He has been mainly focused on capacity building for scientists in developing countries regarding food and feed safety of genetically modified crops. He participated as a faculty member in training Indonesian risk assessors as part of the capacity building program. Currently, his focus is on planning and executing capacity building programs in China. His past work includes developing protein monographs on food and feed safety of proteins that are commonly introduced into genetically engineered crops and developing e-learning courses on food/feed safety of GE crops.

Dr. Han has broad experience in food safety and toxicology, including a doctorate in toxicology from the University of Rochester, master’s degrees from the University of Georgia College of Public Health and the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and bachelor’s degree from Jining Medical College. Following fellowships with both Dow Chemical Co. and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Han joins the Research Foundation from his previous position at Arcadis Co.

ILSI Research Foundation Staff Morven McLean

Morven A. McLean, Ph.D.
Executive Director

Dr. Morven McLean received her B.Sc. (Agr.) from McGill University, M.Sc. in environmental biology from the University of Guelph, and Ph.D. in molecular plant virology from the University of British Columbia. She has held the position of Chief of Canada’s Plant Biotechnology Office, the federal regulatory authority for the assessment and release of genetically modified plants, and was President of AGBIOS, a consultancy that works internationally with governments, non-governmental organizations, and the public and private sectors on issues of policy and regulation pertaining to genetically modified foods, crops, and forest tree species. Dr. McLean has served as a technical expert on biosafety risk assessment, regulation and policy for a number of organizations, including the Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Bank, the United States Agency for International Development, the United National Environmental Program and the Secretariat to the Convention on Biological Diversity, as well as many national governments.

In 2009, Dr. McLean joined the ILSI Research Foundation in Washington D.C. as Director of the Center for Environmental Risk Assessment (CERA), and in 2013 was additionally appointed Director of the Research Foundation’s new Center for Safety Assessment of Food and Feed (CSAFF) as well as ILSI co-lead for sustainable agriculture and nutrition security across the organization internationally. Dr. McLean assumed her current position as Executive Director, ILSI Research Foundation on 1 January 2015.

ILSI Research Foundation Staff Andrew Roberts

Andrew Roberts, Ph.D.
Deputy Director

Dr. Andrew F. Roberts is the Deputy Executive Director of the ILSI Research Foundation, where he is responsible for programs addressing environmental risk assessment and food safety assessment for biotechnology. Dr. Roberts joined the ILSI Research Foundation in December 2009 as the Deputy Director of the Center for Environmental Risk Assessment (CERA), where his first tasks included developing tools and materials for use in training and capacity building related to the problem formulation approach to environmental risk assessment published by the Research Foundation (Wolt et al 2009). He has served as the coordinator for CERA’s capacity building projects under the USAID funded South Asia Biosafety Program (SABP) and the World Bank funded Partnership for Biosafety Risk Assessment and Regulation, in Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Vietnam as well as providing technical support for capacity building work in Brazil, India, Japan, Chile, and South Africa. In January of 2015 he became the director of CERA as well as the Center for Safety Assessment of Food and Feed (CSAFF), which works on food and feed safety assessment for foods derived from genetically engineered plants. In January, 2017 he became the Deputy Executive Director of the ILSI Research Foundation.

Prior to joining ILSI RF, Dr. Roberts worked at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in several different capacities, all related to the regulation of agricultural biotechnology. He began his career at USDA as an AAAS Risk Policy Fellow in the Office of Science of Biotechnology Regulatory Services (BRS), the group responsible for regulating genetically engineered plants at USDA. After spending a year in the New Technologies office of the Foreign Agricultural Service serving as the lead for USDA’s efforts related to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, he returned to BRS to serve in the International Affairs branch where he remained until joining ILSI RF.

Dr. Roberts received his Ph.D. in Cell and Developmental Biology from Rutgers University where he worked on signal transduction in the model nematode C. elegans.

ILSI Research Foundation Staff Layla Tarar

Layla Tarar
Communications Associate

Ms. Layla Tarar joined the ILSI Research Foundation in August 2017. A graduate of Boston University, she holds a dual degree in Biology and International Relations. Prior to assuming her current role, she worked as an Editor and Web Content Administrator at LUISS University in Rome, Community Liaison Office Coordinator at the U.S. Consulate in Karachi, and Management Assistant at the U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi. At the Research Foundation, she supports our communications initiatives, as well as the Board of Trustees.

ILSI Research Foundation Staff John Teem

John Teem, Ph.D.
Senior Scientific Program Manager

Dr. John Teem joined the ILSI Research Foundation as a Senior Scientific Program Manager in 2016. He was formally a professor in the Biological Science Department of Florida State University where he worked on the human genetic disease cystic fibrosis. He subsequently left biomedical research to join the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services as an invasive species biologist. His recent work involves risk assessment of genetic biocontrol strategies to eradicate pest species utilizing gene drive technology.