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Morphogenesis Team


Michael Lawman, PhD


Michael is a co-founder of Morphogenesis, Inc. Michael received his PhD from the University of Surrey, UK, while working at the Animal Virus Research Institute (The Pirbright Institute). Michael came to the US as an NIH postdoctoral fellow at the University of Tennessee. Michael then served on the faculty of the Colleges of Veterinary Medicine at Auburn University and the University of Florida. Michael also worked as a senior scientist in the Division of Immunology and Cytokine Therapeutics of the Veterinary Infectious Disease Organization – Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO) of Canada. Michael also held a faculty position at the University of Florida in the College of Medicine and was Director of Research at the Walt Disney Memorial Cancer Institute. Michael has published extensively and is co-inventor on numerous US and worldwide patents. He has participated as a research consultant on a number of topics for the Biopharmaceutical Industry and for International and US agencies. Michael also served as a reviewer and as an Ad Hoc reviewer for a number of scientific journals.


Patricia Lawman, PhD

Chief Executive Officer

Pat is a co-founder of Morphogenesis, Inc. and has served the Company as Chief Executive Officer since 2003. Pat also served as Morphogenesis’ Chief Operating Officer from 1996 until 2003. Pat previously served as Division Director of Cancer Molecular Biology at the Walt Disney Memorial Cancer Institute, where she initiated and led the multifaceted molecular biology, gene targeting, gene therapy, gene delivery, and universal stem cell projects. Pat holds degrees from the University of Florida in Anthropology, Plant Pathology, Immunology and Medical Microbiology with specialties in Hematology and Oncology and has held faculty positions at several Florida State Universities.

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 Dan Dearborn, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

Dan is a CPA who has spent his entire career working with healthcare companies, including over nine years of SEC reporting experience. After graduating from Loyola University in Maryland, he began with Ernst and Young in Baltimore. From there he quickly moved into Accounting management roles. He spent fifteen years at Pharmerica, a long-term pharmaceutical company that quickly grew with large acquisitions and eventually went public. Later, he joined as Controller of BioDelivery Sciences, a public company that brought several innovative pharmaceutical products to market. More recently, he was CFO for Welldyne, a mid-size PBM (Pharmacy Benefit Manager) in Lakeland, Florida. Dan played a key role with the sale of Welldyne to Carlyle, one of the largest Private Equity companies. After the Welldyne transaction, Dan became CFO of MYMD Pharmaceuticals, an innovative early-stage Research and Development company.


 Alex Aller, PhD

Director of Business Development

Alex received his Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 1997 and worked in cancer drug development at Southern Research Institute in Birmingham, AL, the Goodwin Institute for Cancer Research in Fort Lauderdale, FL and at BioMune, Inc. in West Palm Beach, FL. His primary focus has been developing systems to quickly and efficiently determine potential therapeutic efficacy of novel treatment regimens. As Director of Cell Biology and Immunology at SRI, he worked closely with multiple industry and academic partners to determine technologies that should be employed to obtain desired data outcomes. These ranged from major pharmaceutical companies such as Eli Lilly and Pfizer to small individual companies wishing to prove concepts. As Executive Director of the Goodwin Institute for Cancer Research, he was responsible for all phases of operation including scientific direction, obtaining funding resources and personnel management.


Ashraf Dehlawi, PSM, CPLQM, H(ASCP), AMT

Director of Regulatory Affairs

Ashraf joined Morphogenesis, Inc., in 2013. He holds a Professional Science Master’s degree in Biotechnology with a Graduate Certificate in Bioinformatics from the University of South Florida in Tampa. Ashraf is a certified Medical Technologist (Clinical Laboratory Scientist) by the American Medical Technologists (AMT), the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) with a specialty in Hematology, and by the Florida Department of Health as a Medical Technologist in Hematology. He joins Morphogenesis with approximately 10 years of Clinical Laboratory, technical and management experience. He is also certified as a Clinical Laboratory Quality Manager by the University of British Columbia. His prior professional appointments include Product Management at Abbott Laboratories’ Diagnostics Division. Ashraf was named an ASCP 40 under 40 honoree in 2014, an international program that recognizes the future generation of laboratory leaders. Ashraf joined the Morphogenesis’ team in the capacity of Chief Clinical Officer as a liaison between Morphogenesis, Inc. and the Company’s clinical trial sites to ensure accurate policy and practice enforcement in addition to his role as Data Monitor. In 2018 Ashraf was appointed as the Company’s Director of Regulatory Affairs.


Sarah Falsafi, PSM, AMT

Quality Assurance Officer

Sarah holds a Professional Science Master’s degree in Biotechnology from the University of South Florida in Tampa. She is a certified Clinical Laboratory Technologist by the American Medical Technologists (AMT), and by the Florida Department of Health as a Medical Technologist in Immunohematology, Microbiology, Hematology, Clinical Chemistry, and Serology. After 5 years of working as a transfusion services technologist, she joined Hoppe Regulatory Consultants as a clinical study monitor and progressed into quality assurance and regulatory affairs. As a part of her graduate degree, she had quality management training as an intern at Morphogenesis in 2016 and a year later she joined the Company.


Meghan Gentilini, PSM

Director of Process and Product Development

Meghan joined the Morphogenesis team in 2013 as an intern from the University of South Florida. Her thesis work involved efficacy assessment of direct DNA vaccine with equine melanoma. Meghan graduated from USF with a Professional Science Master’s degree in Biotechnology in 2013 and was hired as Research Staff Scientist II, Project Manager-Cancer Therapeutic Vaccine. Meghan was born and raised in Upstate New York. She left the cold to attend USF and earn her Bachelors of Science in Biology. Before pursuing her graduate degree, Meghan worked as a Laboratory Technician in a bitumen quality testing and research lab. In this position, she was involved in QA/QC testing of products under strict regulatory guidelines of the Florida DOT. Prior to this position, Meghan was a Veterinary Surgical Technician for five years. Meghan’s love for animals combined with her interest in medicine and product quality and compliance makes her a great fit as the Company moves forward into clinical trials. In late 2017 Meghan was appointed as Director of Process and Product Development.


Michael J. Shamblott, PhD

Chief Scientific Officer

Michael joined Morphogenesis, Inc. in 2016 as Principal Scientist of Research and Development. Michael is a stem cell biologist with extensive experience in pancreas development. Michael received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in cell and molecular biology and was both a Post-Doctoral Fellow and Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. In these positions, Michael pioneered the derivation and differentiation of human embryonic stem cells and focused on the development of therapies to treat diabetes. Prior to joining Morphogenesis, Michael was the Walmart / Sam’s Club Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of South Florida Morsani School of Medicine, where he developed pharmacological therapies to stimulate endocrine pancreatic regeneration.