Leadership Bios

Josh LaBaer

Joshua L. LaBaer

Executive Director

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Joshua L. LaBaer, M.D., Ph.D., a leading researcher in cancer and personalized medicine, was appointed as the Executive Director of the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University, effective April 1, 2017.


Mike Gaskin

Chief Scientific Operations Officer

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Mike Gaskin holds expertise in research operations, biomedical technology sales, product development and manufacturing. As the Biodesign Institute’s first Chief Scientific Operations officer, Gaskin’s focus is coordinating facilities and laboratory operations.


Kerri Robinson

Senior Director 

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Kerri Robinson is Senior Director for the Biodesign Institute, providing thought leadership and actionable strategies for large initiatives at the Institute. She is also engaged in cultivating and directing programs with internal and external partners.

Tamara Deuser

Chief Operating Officer

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Tamara Deuser is Chief Operating Officer for the Biodesign Institute institutional operations, providing leadership, coordination and tactical support to achieve the Institute’s strategic plan with regard to institutional operations, research funding and other initiatives.


Stephen Munk

Deputy Director

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Steve Munk, a former pharmaceutical company executive, is the Deputy Director for science and technology at the Biodesign Institute. In his position, Steve assists in strategic planning and execution relevant to technical and business operations associated with basic research, applied research, and advanced technology development programs within the Institute.