Dr. Buel "Dan" Rodgers

Founder/Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Rodgers has over 23 years research experience in the control of skeletal and cardiac muscle development. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and has won numerous awards for research, teaching and mentorship. He held faculty positions in Pediatric Endocrinology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and also in Molecular Biosciences at Washington State University where he founded and directed the Washington Center for Muscle Biology.


  • Chief Business Officer: Dr. Heather Webb Hsu
    17 years as an industry scientist, team manager & business developer
    Authored or co-authored 17 patents
  • Chief Financial Officer: Tim Gehring, CPA
    President, Gehring & Associates, PLLC
    14 years’ experience with accounting, tax preparation, grants management, fiscal oversight & auditing
  • Advisor, Business/Product Development & Management: Dr. William Mann
    Principal, Lodestar Biopharma Solutions
    Former President & CEO, Helsinn; VP Corporate Development, Sapphire;  Dir BD, Novartis
  • Advisor, Business Development & Licensing: Jade Brown, MBA
    Principle of Jade Brown consulting
    27 years in the field, 17 in senior-level leadership
  • Director of Preclinical Development: Dr. Peter Korytko
    President, Preclinical GPS
    17 years' industry experience advancing INDs into clinical trials
  • Director of Regulatory Affairs: Jeff Fellows
    32 years' industry experience working with the FDA and other health authorities

Science Advisory Board

AAVogen is advised by highly respected and extremely well established leaders in the fields of gene therapy, muscle disease and molecular biology. This includes experts in viral gene delivery systems, muscular dystrophies, cancer cachexia, cardiac regenerative medicine and inclusion body myositis. Such expertise complements that of AAVogen's leadership and partners, which together forms a muscle gene therapy dream team.


Paul Gregorevic, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Physiology, Deputy Director of the Center for Muscle Research, University of Melbourne and co-discoverer of AVGN7.



Denis Guttridge, Ph.D.

Professor and Director, Darby Children's Research Institute and Associate Director of Translational Sciences, Hollings Cancer Center, Medical University of South Carolina.



Jeff Chamberlain, Ph.D.

Endowed Professor at the University of Washington and Director of the Seattle Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Cooperative Research Center.


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Lawson Macartney, D.V.M./Ph.D.

Expert in commercialization and manufacturing of AAV-based gene therapeutics.  28 years pharma experience and senior leadership (e.g. CEO, Sr. VP) at Shire, AstraZeneca, GSK and Ambrx.


Charles Murry, M.D.

Endowed Professor and Director of the Institute for Regenerative Medicine as well as the Center for Cardiovascular Biology at the University of Washington.



Tom Lloyd, M.D./Ph.D.

Co-Director of the Johns Hopkins Myositis Center, Chair of the Myositis Association Research Committee and Associate Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Board of Directors

AAVogen is currently seeking financing and is in the process of establishing a Board of Directors.  For more information on investing in AAVogen, please click the link to the right.