Our Research Staff
Chris Mazur, BS- Research Manager.
In over 10 10 years at the McDaniel Institute of Anti-Aging Research, Chris has been involved in every aspect of both clinical and laboratory research. Over that time Chris has accumulated a lot of clinical research experience in the areas of: digital clinical photography, image capture and analysis, 3D clinical imaging, protocol design, development and IRB approval, and corporate interfacing/liason with Sponsors and the research teamproject management. He has also co-authored book chapters, scientific journal articles, and lectures/presentations for national/international societies and corporations (presenting both research projects and original content).
In the laboratory division Chris uses his degree and skills with RT-PCR, microarray technologies and analysis, PCR primer design, confocal microscopy (3-D models), immunofluorescence, digital micrograph acquisition and analysis, human skin cell culture, and other lab tests (cell toxicity, various cellular assaysELISA, cellular assays, etc.) to help withperform the in vitro testing done onsite. He has also written grants and helped with patent development and filings.
Recently he has completed his culinary arts degree and uses it to add insight into the practical application of prepared food, nutrient content and lifestyle changes to skin aging, nutrition and longevity.
Charmaine Griffin, CCRP- Clinical Research Manager.
A Certified Clinical Research Professional with well over 4 8 years of experience in FDA studies and audits, IRB approval process, protocol composition, image acquisition/analysis and patient care. In her time at the Institute she has conducted studies (from concept to completion) involving new cosmetic products and laser treatments; developed SOPs for clinical image and study metric acquisition for a variety of cosmetic treatments and procedures; and ensures that all required training is completed and updated by all staff members. Charmaine has also been an author on published results from completed research projects.
Solange Paredes, BS-Research Technician
Solange is lead technician on the plant stem cell project and has been cultivating and caring for sterile cultured plants from seed to flask culture to final potting for several years. She has experience in human cell culture as well as multiple laboratory testing methods, such as: RT-PCR, ELISA and immunohistochemistry.
Courtney Hanseon, BS-Clinical Research Associate
Courtney just recently joined our team as a Clinical Research Associate. She is very skilled at digital imaging and is experienced in metrics and specialized equipment in the research division.
Christina Steel, PhD- Consultant.
Christina is a full time professor at Old Dominion University in the Biological Sciences department, was formerly a member of our staff and now consults with our research division. Dr. Steel has experience in the culture of human skin fibroblasts and other human cells, testing of antioxidant compounds, UV toxicity and gene expression, and gene to gene interaction/pathway analysis of the inflammatory response to various causes of oxidative stress in human skin fibroblasts. She has also been involved in the design of novel methodologies for skin studies.
Her expertise relates to cellular and molecular immunity in the central nervous system. Christina’s skills focus on multicolour flow cytometry, protein detection methods (ELISA, ELISPOT, antibody-based cytokine arrays), cell culture, transgenic mouse colony management (with genotyping) and mouse surgical manipulations, spectroscopy , microscopy and data analysis.and microscopy.