Advisory Council


Our Mission

The Center’s mission is to be on the forefront of radiological science and its applications in clinical medicine, public health, and national defense.

Who We Are

Our Council is comprised of philanthropists and professionals from wide-ranging sectors committed to assisting in the advancement of basic research into the fundamental nature of radiation and its effects. Our members have a strong interest to further the excellence for which Columbia University’s Center for Radiological Research (“CRR”) is known. 

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What We Do

Through regular meetings and collaboration with CRR faculty, we will: position the CRR as an internationally recognized, pre-eminent “go-to” resource for radiation research, application, practice, education, policy decisions, and press coverage; establish new sources of funding and expand existing funding sources; and further strengthen the PR program to build the CRR’s leadership position.

Our Goals

Our Council is committed to assisting the CRR in continuing to uphold its reputation as an international leader in radiation sciences. In support of this objective, it will support the CRR in its efforts to: continue cutting edge discovery and practical research in radiation sciences to benefit human health; educate the next generation of radiation scientists; and identify and protect against radiation uses and exposures that could harm human health and the environment, including national security and defense.

To Achieve Our Goals

We commit to work in partnership with the leadership of the CRR to empower and facilitate its efforts to: continue to solicit competitive research and development grants from federal, state, and local governments; seek out and obtain new sources of funding for CRR activities, including private foundations, businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and individual donors; recruit and educate talented, committed individuals for radiation educational programs; recruit and retain top scientific talent for the CRR; and proactively disseminate CRR knowledge through publications, social media, education, new devices, and inventions.


  • Paul Locke, JD, DrPH

    Dr. Paul Locke is an environmental health scientist and attorney and a Professor at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering, where he also chairs the Department’s Committee on Inclusion, Diversity, Anti-Racism and Equity (IDARE). He was a member of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board, and has served on ten NASEM committees, including the Committee on Lessons Learned from the Fukushima Nuclear Accident for Improving the Safety of US Nuclear Plants. He also chaired the NASEM Committee on Uranium Mining in Virginia.

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  • Leila Alland, MD

    Dr. Leila Alland currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer of PMV Pharmaceuticals, a company dedicated to developing first-in-class p53 regulators for the treatment of cancer. A pediatric hematologist-oncologist and accomplished physician-scientist, she serves as a reviewer for the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas. She has held leadership positions at Affimed, Tarveda, AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Novartis, and Schering-Plough, where she worked on a broad range of oncology products from early to late stage development and contributed to multiple successful drug approvals.

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  • Frances “Chip” X. Cameron, JD

    Chip Cameron is an attorney and conflict resolution expert with over thirty years of experience in the legal, policy, and technical aspects of the licensing and regulation of the use of nuclear materials, as well as with the preparation of environmental reviews for energy and natural resources projects under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

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  • Armond Cohen, JD

    Armond Cohen is co-founder and Executive Director of the Clean Air Task Force, which he has led since its formation in 1996. In addition to leading CATF, he is directly involved in CATF research and advocacy on the topic of requirements to deeply decarbonize global energy systems. Prior to his work with CATF, Armond founded and led the Conservation Law Foundation’s Energy Project. He is a member of the Keystone Center Energy Board, the US Department of Energy Electricity Advisory Committee, and co-Chair of the Nuclear Innovation Alliance.

  • Conrad “CJ” DeSantis, JD, MBA

    C.J. DeSantis is co-founder and managing director at CounterPointe Energy Solutions, LLC, a firm providing long term capital for renewable energy systems and energy and water efficient products. He is a former managing director with Merrill Lynch & Co. with expertise in mortgage and federal agency finance.

  • Eric Goldstone, MBA

    Eric Goldstone is a Columbia University graduate (’80) and professional investment advisor with 38 years of experience in portfolio management. He has served as an investment manager and strategist for The Bank of New York, Banker’s Trust Company, and Donaldson, Lufkin, and Jenrette. Eric is founder and chief investment strategist of Goldstone Portfolios Inc., which provides highly personalized portfolio management solutions.

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  • Alan Jakimo, JD, MBA

    Alan Jakimo is a senior counsel and retired partner in the New York office of the law firm Sidley Austin, LLP, one of the largest corporate law firms in the US, where he worked in the corporate, securities, venture, and technology fields, with an emphasis in the life science and information science industries. He is a Director of the Cancer Trust and member of the Advisory Board of the Genetics Policy Institute.

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  • Heidi Levine, JD

    Heidi Levine is a co-leader of Sidley’s Product Liability and Mass Torts practice.  She represents clients in the pharmaceutical, medical device and toxic tort industries as lead national litigation counsel in the mass tort context, in coordinated or individual state and federal actions, as well as related litigation outside the U.S.

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  • Terry Moore

    Terry Moore is a management consultant, philanthropist, entrepreneur, author and public speaker. He is president of the Radius Foundation, a philanthropic organization that fosters building bridges between the conceptual paradigms that box in many thinkers. Terry is also a board member of forward-thinking companies, including TEDx Talks and PainCareLabs. Terry’s latest endeavor is Sequence Ventures, which focuses on turning ideas into reality by funding and seeing them through to successful commercialization.

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  • Gareth Roberts, MA

    Gareth Roberts has over 40 years of experience in the oil industry, working initially as a geologist for Texaco, Murphy Oil, and Coho Resources. In 1990, he founded Denbury Management, Inc., serving as its President and CEO from 1992 to 2009. He holds honors and master degrees in Geology from St. Edmund Hall, Oxford University, where he has been elected to an Honorary Fellowship and to its Chancellors Court of Benefactors.

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  • Ray Rothrock, MSc, PhD

    Trained as a nuclear engineer, Dr. Ray Rothrock has over two decades of experience as a venture capitalist, including an exemplary track record at Venrock, which led to his twice being named to the Forbes Midas List. He is currently Chairman and CEO of the enterprise cyber security company RedSeal, Inc. Harper Collins published his book, Digital Resilience, in 2018. In 2023, he was elected to the Council on Foreign Relations.

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  • G. Lynn Shostack, MBA

    Lynn Shostack is the former president of Gardner Capital Corporation, a private investment firm specializing in real estate development and various global markets, and former owner, president, and chairman of Joyce International, Inc., which sold office furniture globally. She has held senior positions at Citibank and Bankers Trust Co.

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  • P. Roy Vagelos, MD

    • Honorary Member

    Dr. P. Roy Vagelos is Chair of the Board of Advisors at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, where he received his medical degree in 1954. He is Chairman of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, based in Tarrytown, NY, and former CEO of Merck & Co.

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  • Gerald Chan, MS, PhD

    • Emeritus Member

    Dr. Gerald Chan is the co-founder of Morningside Group, a private investment group with venture, private equity and property investments. He is also a trained radiobiologist and former research fellow at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Harvard University’s School of Public Health was named in honor of Dr. Chan’s late father, T.H. Chan, in Sept. 2014.

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  • David Brenner, PhD, DSc

    • Director, Center for Radiological Research

    Dr. David Brenner is the Higgins Professor of Radiation Biophysics and Director of the Columbia University Center for Radiological Research and of the Radiological Research Accelerator Facility (RARAF). He has published more than 350 peer-reviewed papers.

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  • Norman Kleiman, PhD

    Dr. Norman Kleiman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences in Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health where he directs its MS degree program in Radiological Sciences & Toxicology. He serves as an Associate/Academic Editor for the peer-reviewed journals, Current Molecular MedicineFrontiers in Radiation and Health, SAGE Open, and PLOS One.

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