About Our Team
Dr. John D. Jarrell
Dr. John D. Jarrell, PhD, PE, is an experienced multi-discipline engineer specializing in the analysis of complex designs and failures involving materials, mechanical and biological systems. He has been a licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer, since 1996 and actively involved in engineering analysis, design, product development and research. He earnedthree degrees from Brown University, a Bachelors and Masters of Science in Materials Science and Engineering and a Doctorate in Biology, Medical Science and Engineering and received Medical training in histology, physiology, microbiology and pathology. He has a faculty appointment in the Department of Orthopaedics at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He has several US and foreign patents issued or pending covering photoactive materials, active delivery films and coatings for green energy and medical applications. He is the author of multiple peer reviewed publications and abstracts on materials and coatings and a guide book on materials selection for designers. His collaborative work has been published with investigators at Brown University Department of Molecular Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biotechnology, and the Division of Engineering, Rhode Island Hospital’s Orthopedic Research Laboratories and the VA Center for Restorative and Regenerative Medicine. His company has been awarded contracts by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Rhode Island Hospital and the Airlift Research Foundation.
Dr. Dioscaris R. Garcia, PhD
Dr. Garcia is an experienced pharmacologist and microbiologist specializing in cell signaling and infectious diseases. Through a diverse multidisciplinary approach, he has amassed extensive experience in drug development and characterization at both the academic and industrial level. He earned his doctorate in Molecular Pharmacology at Brown University in the Prestigious Molecular Pharmacology, Physiology and Biotechnology Department under the mentorship of Dr. Wayne Bowen. He has received recognition for his work in the characterization of the Sigma-2 Receptor and his leadership and dedication to teaching. These attributes earned Dr. Garcia a full-membership induction into the Sigma Xi Society. He earned a Bachelors of Science in Microbiology from the University of Rhode Island (URI), with a minor in Chemistry.
His work on antibiotic development led to the discovery of active compounds against the then emerging threat of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Currently, he has a dual-appointment as a Visiting Scientist at Brown University and a Senior Research Scientist at Rhode Island Hospital where he is the recipient of the Stein-Bellet Fellowship in the Diane N. Weiss Center for Orthopaedic Trauma Research. He is an active researcher in novel cancer targets and therapeutics, as well as the development and characterization of antibiotic-independent antimicrobial surface coatings.