LAB TEAM

Tom Galati, Founder, CEO and Laboratory Director

Tom founded HSRL in February of 1999 after receiving his education from James Madison University.  He started the company to provide services to other CROs, government and academic researchers and anyone else interested in drug discovery.

Tom serves as CEO and Laboratory Director- overseeing both the business operations and the laboratory services division of HSRL.  Under Tom's management, HSRL has processed tissues from over 1,500 GLP studies including:  toxicologic, neurotoxicity, reproductive, inhalation, sub-chronic and carcinogenicity studies.

Craig Zook, Laboratory Manager

After receiving his education from Eastern Mennonite University, Craig wanted to put his education to good use.  Since joining HSRL in 2008, Craig has been an integral part of our team's success.

Craig oversees the day-to-day operations of the laboratory, making sure all studies are procesed accurately and efficiently.

Kim Merriam, M.A., HT(ASCP)QIHC, Senior Scientist

Kim earned her BA in Biology from Assumption College, an MA in Biology from Anna Maria College, and received a Certificate in Biotechnology from Becker College. She holds an HT (histology technician) certification and a QIHC (immunohistochemistry) qualification with the ASCP (American Society of Clinical Pathology).

Kim manages the IHC lab at our Massachusetts location and has 30 years of histology and immunohistochemistry experience in varied industry settings, including CRO, biotech and pharmaceutical companies. She oversees all aspects of histology, IHC staining, image analysis and whole slide scanning. She has worked on projects from early discovery through development and clinical trials. Kim has also presented workshops on Immunohistochemistry, Immunofluorescence, and Proximity Ligation Assay (PLA) at the local and national level, including the annual NSH symposium.

Jessica Leuschner, IHC Specialist

Jessica oversees our special techniques division including immunohistochemistry, morphometry/image analysis and whole slide scanning.  Jessica has co-authored approximately 25 posters and publications on neurotoxicity and immunohistochemistry.

Jessica received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Towson University and a Master of Science in Biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University.

 

PATHOLOGY TEAM

Carrie Harris, Vice President of Pathology Services

Carrie has been with HSRL since 2006 and manages all areas of HSRL's pathology services division. Specifically, she coordinates pathology deliverables and deadlines with pathologists and clients.

Carrie's experience as a project manager, pathology coordinator and research associate has prepared her well for her role in managing the day-to-day operations for HSRL's pathology team.

David Garlick, DVM, DACVP, Distinguished Senior Pathologist

Dr. Garlick earned his DVM from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1985 and completed his pathology residency training at Tufts in 1989.  He became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists in 1990 and since then has been involved with various aspects of preclinical drug discovery and development.

His distinguished professional career spans nearly three decades.  He has evaluated an extensive variety of compounds in numerous species during his career in preclinical safety evaluation with a specialized interest in the histopathology of minipigs, animal models of disease, evaluation of biomaterials (safety, biocompatibility, surgical models), and ocular pathology.  Dr Garlick is also an adjunct professor and affiliate member of the Cancer Center at The Wistar Institute, Philadelphia, PA.

Laura Elcock, DVM, PhD, DACVP, Senior Pathologist

Dr. Elcock earned her DVM in 1982, as well as her graduate degrees in Veterinary Pathology, MS in 1983 and PhD in 1985, all from Kansas State University.  She became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists in 1987, and has over 30 years of experience as a Toxicologic veterinary pathologist.  She has served as the primary study pathologist for 500+ GLP preclinical studies in the pharmaceutical and agricultural industries.

Aside from general toxicologic pathology, Dr. Elcock has a particular interest in reproductive pathology.  During her career thus far, she has evaluated over 15 peer-reviewed carcinogenicity studies in a variety of mouse and rat strains.

Elizabeth Hutto, DVM, PhD, DACVP, Director of IHC Services

Dr. Hutto earned her DVM from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1994 and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001.  In 2004, she earned her PhD from the University of Connecticut.  She has provided non-clinical veterinary pathology expertise to academic institutions, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.

Her experience in study design, animal model selection and evaluation, and data interpretation for both GLP and non-GLP studies throughout her career has proven her to be an expert in this industry.  She has a specialized focus at HSRL, involving immunohistochemistry method development and evaluations.

Matthew Buccellato, DVM, PhD, DACVP, Senior Pathologist

Dr. Buccellato earned his DVM from North Carolina State University in 2001, then completed his residency in Anatomic Pathology and received his Ph.D. from the Ohio State University in 2008.  He became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists in 2008 and began a career in contract pathology research.
 
Dr. Buccellato has been involved in studies in a wide variety of research animal species in dose range-finding, sub-chronic, and chronic studies.  He has served as lead pathologist for pharmaceutical efficacy and pre-clinical toxicity studies and has extensive experience aiding the development of therapies for a number of bacterial and viral pathogens and chemical agents.
 

Katherine A.B. Knostman, DVM, PhD, DACVP, Senior Pathologist

Dr. Knostman earned her DVM from The Ohio State University in 2000, completing her residency in Anatomic Pathology and receiving her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 2007.  She became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists in 2007 and began building a career in toxicologic and diagnostic pathology.

Dr. Knostman has served as the lead pathologist in hundreds of preclinical studies for industry and government clients, often involving regulatory oversight. Her expertise covers multiple species, dose routes, and study designs, from small dose range finding pilot studies to large two-year carcinogenicity assays, vaccine and biologic efficacy studies, safety pharmacology studies, medical device pathology, and chemical agent exposure models. She also has experience in immunohistochemistry.

ARCHIVING TEAM

Ed Galati, Vice President of Archiving Operations

Ed's experience includes 25 years of storing biological specimens in a secure, GLP environment.  He oversees all areas of HSRL's ambient, refrigerated, -4 Celsius and -80 Celsius archiving services.

In conjunction with HSRL's Quality Assurance Unit, Ed maintains the archives' Quality Control Program which includes writing, updating and adherence to SOPs.  He ensures an efficient and effective working environment for staff and clients alike.

Sam Jeffrey, Director of Archiving Services

Sam received his Bachelor of Science from James Madison University.  He has been working in biological specimen storage for 10 years and oversees best practices for long-term integrity of GLP materials.

He is well versed in the industry's best practices and regulations for specimen retention and environmental controls.  Sam assists with all aspects of the archiving process including shipping logistics, rapid retrieval and incineration services.

Scott Asbell, Archives Operations Manager

Scott runs the day-to-day archiving activities and works closely with archiving technicians, vendors and lab personnel.

He has been with HSRL for over three years and has a great understanding of small business operations and customer service.  He is responsible for timely client communication and ensuring all areas of the archives are running efficiently.

QUALITY ASSURANCE UNIT AND ADMINSTRATIVE TEAM MEMBERS

Victoria Cook, RQAP-GLP, Director of Quality Assurance

Vicky received her Bachelor of Science in Animal and Poultry Sciences from Virginia Polytechnic and State University in 2004.  She has a total of 11 years in preclincal research- 9 of those years are in quality assurance.

Vicky joined HSRL in 2010 and received her RQAP-GLP in 2014.  She is responsible for overseeing all aspects of HSRL's QAU including:  GLP training, conducting audits and vendor inspections and hosting client audits.

Sabrina Roberts, Quality Assurance Auditor

After graduating from George Mason University, Sabrina began her career in the preclincal sciences by working in HSRL's histology laboratory.

Eventually transitioning into HSRL's Qualtiy Assurance Unit (QAU), Sabrina supports our clients by conducting thorough data audits and critical phase inspections.  She also conducts facility inspections, provides GLP training for our team and helps write and update our SOPs.

Kelly Koontz, Quality Assurance Auditor

Kelly joined HSRL in 2008 and received her 3 year RQAP-GLP certification in 2013. 

During her tenure in HSRL's Quality Assurance Unit, Kelly has provided services to our clients that include Critical Phase Inspections, Data Audits, Periodic Status Reports, Histology, Pathology and Principal Investigator Reports.  She is responsible for maintaining a strong working knowledge of internal standard operating procedures (SOPs) and hosting clients and auditors while ensuring client confidentiality and addressing audit priorities with management.

Renee Yoder, Accounting Manager

Renee graduated with an accounting degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN.  As an administrator with more than 25 years of experience in a variety of industries, she has developed a strong working knowledge of finance, business administration and human resources.

In the role of Accounting Manager, Renee is responsible for all aspects of HSRL's accounting functions and financial reporting.  Renee has exceptional client relation skills and is committed to serving HSRL's clients with excellence and friendliness.

Erin Galati, Special Projects Coordinator

Erin received her Bachelor's Degree in Science from James Madison University and has a decade of experience in laboratory science.

Erin's goal is to capitalize on any opportunity that can help our team grow in an effective and efficient manner. By overseeing internal business projects, she cultivates an atmosphere for HSRL's long term success.