Scientific Advisory Board

Jeremy Marks, MD, PhD. Chair


Dr. Marks is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology at University of Chicago Hospitals specializing in developmental neurobiology and polymer-mediated neuroprotection for conditions such as cerebral palsy. Dr. Marks was the first to demonstrate the capability of P-188 to reduce central nervous system damage following simulated stroke or cerebral anoxic injury. He has collaborated with Dr. Raphael Lee on several research projects using P-188 and brings to Maroon a wealth of knowledge regarding P-188’s mechanism of action and its effects on the brain and spinal cord.

Ka Yee Lee, PhD.

Dr. Lee is an Associate Professor of Chemistry and in the Institute for Biophysical Dynamics at the University of Chicago specializing in interfacial physical chemistry. She is the recipient of several prestigious scholarly awards for her scientific work and has developed world-wide collaborations in a short period of time. She will be instrumental in helping Maroon Biotech develop its surfactant chaperone-based family of drugs.

Mehmet Toner, MD, PhD.

Dr. Mehmet Toner is a Professor of Surgery and Biomedical Engineering at the Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). In 2000, Dr. Toner was selected to become a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering. Dr. Toner’s research interests are focused on three areas: cryobiology, tissue engineering, and microsystems bioengineering. His expertise in protein refolding will be invaluable to Maroon as it pursues both therapeutic and industrial applications.

Raphael C. Lee, MD, ScD, DSc

Inventor, Founder & Director

Professor of Surgery and Anatomy at University of Chicago Hospitals, Dr. Lee is the inventor of Maroon Biotech’s technology. He performed his residency at Harvard (Mass. General), interned at the University of Chicago and earned his MD at Temple University. In addition, Dr. Lee earned an electrical engineering doctorate (ScD) at MIT prior to joining the University of Chicago full—time in the 1980’s. Dr. Lee has been researching novel uses of surfactants for cellular wound healing for the past 17 years and is currently the preeminent researcher in this field. He is the recipient of more than 25 scientific awards including a MacArthur Fellowship and the Searle Scholar Award. He is also the founder and innovator for Avocet Polymer Technologies, Inc., a wound healing corporation