Leadership Team

 

 

Richard Brown
Chairman of the Board of Directors
  Stowers Institute for Medical Research and
  Stowers Resource Management
  American Century Companies, Inc.
  BioMed Valley Discoveries, Inc.

Mr. Richard Brown serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Stowers Institute for Medical Research; Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Stowers Resource Management, Inc.; and Chairman of Biomed Valley Discoveries, Inc. He became Chairman of American Century Investments’ Board of Directors in 2010 after having served as Co-Chair of the Board of Directors since 2007. Before joining the Stowers group of companies, Mr. Brown was President and Chief Executive Officer of Health Midwest, a position he held from 1993 to March 2003. He previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Health Midwest from 1991 to 1993 after having joined Health Midwest’s predecessor company in 1980.

Mr. Brown has a Masters degree in Health Administration from the School of Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and a Bachelors of Arts in Biology from Phillips University. 

 

David Chao, Ph.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer
  Stowers Institute for Medical Research
President and Chief Executive Officer
  BioMed Valley Discoveries, Inc.

Dr. David Chao was appointed President of the Stowers Institute for Medical Research in 2009 and added the role of Chief Executive Officer in 2010.  He serves as President & Chief Executive Officer of BioMed Valley Discoveries, the organization responsible for the translation of the Institute’s basic biomedical discoveries into therapeutic applications. From 2008 to 2009, Dr. Chao was an Executive Vice President of the Stowers Institute. Prior to joining the Stowers Institute, Dr. Chao worked as a licensing executive at Novartis, co-founded two biotech start-ups, and served as a consultant at McKinsey & Co.

Dr. Chao holds a Ph.D. in Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he was a pre-doctoral fellow of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He also received a combined M.A. and B.A. in Biology from Harvard University.

 

Matt Gibson, Ph.D.
Dean
  The Graduate School of the Stowers Institute for Medical Research
Investigator
  Stowers Institute for Medical Research
Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology
  School of Medicine, University of Kansas Medical Center

Dr. Matt Gibson joined the Stowers Institute for Medical Research in 2006, and assumed the role of Dean of the Graduate School in 2019.  His laboratory uses both the fruit fly Drosophila and the sea anemone Nematostella to investigate the molecular and cellular basis for animal development and evolution.  Along with teaching and mentoring, Dr. Gibson previously served on a variety of Graduate School committees including Curriculum and Admissions.  He also currently serves as an Editor for the journal Developmental Biology.

Dr. Gibson received a B.S. in Biology from Yale University and a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Washington before completing a Jane Coffin Childs postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. Norbert Perrimon at Harvard Medical School. 

 

R. Scott Hawley, Ph.D.
Dean Emeritus
  The Graduate School of the Stowers Institute for Medical Research
Investigator

 Stowers Institute for Medical Research
American Cancer Society Research Professor
Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology
  School of Medicine, University of Kansas Medical Center

Dr. R. Scott Hawley joined the Stowers Institute for Medical Research as an investigator in 2001 and served as the Dean of the Graduate School from 2010 to  2019. Dr. Hawley started his independent research career at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City before joining the faculty at the University of California Davis as a Professor of Genetics. Dr. Hawley was appointed as an American Cancer Society Research Professor in 2005 and inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2006. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of his pioneering work in the field of Drosophila genetics, chromosome biology, and meiosis in 2011. He has won numerous awards for his teaching, including the Genetics Society of America's award for Excellence in Education in 2008.

Dr. Hawley received a B.S. in Biology from the University of California at Riverside and his Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of Washington.

 

Brent Kreider, Ph.D.
Chief Operating Officer
 Stowers Institute for Medical Research
Chief Operating Officer
 BioMed Valley Discoveries, Inc.

Dr. Brent Kreider joined the Stowers Institute after serving as Vice President and Global Head of Scientific Operations at Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research (NIBR) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he provided senior management oversight to scientific support functions at NIBR sites throughout North America, Europe and Asia.  Before joining NIBR as Director of Program Operations in Cardiovascular in 2004, he held executive positions at three biotech companies.

Dr. Kreider received a Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Pennsylvania followed by a postdoctoral appointment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

 

Robert Krumlauf, Ph.D.
Scientific Director Emeritus and Investigator
  Stowers Institute for Medical Research
Professor, Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology
  The University of Kansas School of Medicine
Professor, Department of Oral Biology
  University of Missouri at Kansas City Dental School

Dr. Robert E. Krumlauf joined the Stowers Institute in 2000 and was appointed Scientific Director the next year, a position he held until 2019. Prior to joining the Institute, Dr. Krumlauf was head of the Division of Developmental Neurobiology at England’s National Institute for Medical Research at Mill Hill, London. He did his postdoctoral training at the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research in Glasgow, Scotland, and at the Institute for Cancer Research in Philadelphia, PA. Before receiving his Ph.D. in developmental biology, Dr. Krumlauf served as a Chief Chemical Engineer at Stokley Van Camp, New Jersey. Known for his groundbreaking research on the homeobox genes that set up the vertebrate body plan, his current research focuses on the molecular and cellular pathways that govern the patterning of the nervous system, the establishment of the basic body plan, and craniofacial development of vertebrate embryos and how these processes are altered or affected in human diseases.

Dr. Krumlauf received his B.E. in chemical engineering from Vanderbilt University and his Ph.D. in developmental biology from Ohio State University. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 2016 was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

 

Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado, Ph.D.
Scientific Director
  Stowers Institute for Medical Research
Investigator
  Stowers Institute for Medical Research
  Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Dr. Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado was appointed Scientific Director of the Stowers Institute for Medical Research in 2019. He joined the Institute in 2011 from the University of Utah School of Medicine where he was the H.A. and Edna Benning Presidential Endowed professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy. In addition to being elected to the prestigious National Academy of Sciences in 2018, he is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a fellow with the Marine Biology Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Dr. Sánchez Alvarado focuses his research efforts on understanding animal regeneration, particularly of the flatworm Schmidtea mediterranea, which he established as a powerful model system.

Dr. Sánchez Alvarado received a B.S. in Molecular Biology and Chemistry from Vanderbilt University and a Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Cell Biophysics from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

 

George Satterlee
Executive Vice President of Administration
  Stowers Resource Management

Mr. George Satterlee joined the Stowers Institute for Medical Research in 2016 after serving in positions at two Kansas City area companies, Missouri Bank and Hallmark Cards, Inc. While at Missouri Bank, Mr. Satterlee served as Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer and was responsible for the company’s human resource, organizational development, culture, strategic planning, and marketing efforts. Prior to his 17 years at Missouri Bank, Satterlee spent 15 years at Hallmark Cards, where he held a number of significant human resource positions within the manufacturing, corporate staffing and field sales divisions.

Mr. Satterlee received a B.A. degree in business administration and political science from Westminster College and a M.L.A. degree in philosophy from Baker University. He attended the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia where he completed a three-year program in the Stonier Graduate School of Banking and the Wharton School Executive Leadership Program. Some of his civic activities include serving on committees for the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and the Shawnee Mission Education Foundation, serving as an advisor to the Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired, and serving as a mayoral appointee on the Kansas City & Vicinity Workforce Investment Board of the Full Employment Council.

 

Kausik Si, Ph.D.
Associate Scientific Director
  Stowers Institute for Medical Research
Investigator
  Stowers Institute for Medical Research
Professor, Department of Physiology
  School of Medicine, University of Kansas Medical Center

Dr. Kausik Si was appointed Associate Scientific Director of the Stowers Institute for Medical Research in 2019. Dr. Si joined the Institute in 2005. He is the recipient several prestigious awards including a Searle Fellowship, the March of Dimes Basil O’Connor Award, a Klingenstein Fellowship in the Neurosciences, and the McKnight Scholar Award. Dr. Si’s research seeks to understand the biochemical mechanisms that create long-term memory and produce persistent change in behavior.

Dr. Si earned his B.S. and M.S. in sciences from the University of Calcutta and Ph.D. in molecular biology from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed his postdoctoral studies in the lab of Nobel Laureate Eric Kandel, Ph.D., at Columbia University.

 

Roderick Sturgeon
Executive VP & Chief Financial Officer
  Stowers Resource Management

Mr. Roderick Sturgeon joined the Stowers Institute in February 2007 from a position as Senior Vice President – Personal Expression Group Finance at Hallmark Cards, Inc. While at Hallmark, Mr. Sturgeon oversaw all North American and international finance activities, credit services and Information Technology for the Personal Expression business. He was a corporate officer, and served on the company’s personal expression group management team. Mr. Sturgeon joined Hallmark in 1974.  He was vice president of finance and planning for Hallmark International prior to assuming the role as Senior Vice President and being named a corporate officer in 1993. Prior to Hallmark, he worked for the J.C. Penney Company.

Mr. Sturgeon received his bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University and his M.B.A. from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. He serves on the Kansas State University Business College Advisory Board, and the Community National Bank Board.  He has previously served on the Boards of both the Midwest Trust Company and Financial Counselors, Inc.

 

David Welte
Executive Vice President & General Counsel
  Stowers Resource Management

Mr. David Welte, who played a pivotal role in the creation of the Stowers Institute for Medical Research and the Stowers Group of Companies, assumed his role as in-house General Counsel in January 2009.  Mr. Welte was most recently at Bryan Cave, LLP and, previous to that was a shareholder in the law firm of Polsinelli Shughart where he was one of the founders and served as the firm’s managing partner for 15 years.

Mr. Welte received his Juris Doctorate in 1968 from Loyola University-Chicago. He was admitted to the Missouri Bar in 1968, the bars of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit in 1982, Tenth Circuit in 1985, and the U.S. Supreme Court in 1982. Currently, Mr. Welte serves on the Board of Trustees and Compensation Committee of the Midwest Research Institute, the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee of the Pembroke Hill School, as well as the Board of Directors of the Missouri Coalition for Lifesaving Cures.  Previously, he served on the Executive Committees and Boards of Directors of the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City, the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, the Kansas City Area Development Council, and Brush Creek Community Partners.

Sarah Zanders
Vice Dean
  The Graduate School of the Stowers Institute for Medical Research
Assistant Investigator
  Stowers Institute for Medical Research
Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology
  School of Medicine, University of Kansas Medical Center

Dr. Sarah Zanders joined the Stowers Institute in 2016 after completing her postdoctoral fellowship training at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington. In 2018, she was awarded a Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Award from the March of Dimes Foundation, an NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, and was named a Searle Scholar. Dr. Zanders’ laboratory uses an evolution-guided molecular approach to understand the effects of genetic conflicts caused by selfish genes embedded in eukaryotic genomes.

Dr. Zanders earned a B.S. in Biology with Honors and Highest Distinction at the University of Iowa and a Ph.D. in Genetics and Development at Cornell University .