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  Dr. Hani El Shawa

Dr. Hani El Shawa

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. El Shawa graduated from San Francisco State University with his B.S. in Biology and M.S. in Physiology and Behavioral Biology with honors. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside in Neuroscience where he received several grants and awards to research the effects of prenatal ethanol exposure on intraneocortical circuitry, cortical gene expression, and behavior. Prior to joining Alpha Genomix Laboratories, Dr. El Shawa was an Assistant Professor at the American University of the Middle East as well as Adjunct Faculty for the University of California, Riverside and California State University, Dominquez Hills. He is the co-first author on various high impact peer-reviewed publications. Dr. El Shawa is an Affiliate Science member of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics as well as a member of the Society of Neuroscience and the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology.

Richard Sasnett III

Richard Sasnett III

VP of Sales

Richard brings over 18 years of sales experience with a passion for building new markets and dynamic sales teams within the IT and Healthcare Industries. Richard has a successful track record in launching disruptive technology where he has designed and implemented sales strategies to create new markets while winning significant market share from incumbents . Richard has achieved numerous accolades and awards including Multiple President’s Clubs, Legacy Club, and Regional Business Manager of the year in 2010. In addition, Richard developed and executed a sales and marketing strategy that grew a small lab in Georgia to a national diagnostic company with 600% growth and 30,000 specimen per month in less than two years. Richard graduated from Furman University with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science in 1998 and participated in the Vanderbilt University Owens School of Business Executive Leadership Program 2003-2004.

Dr. Shareef A. Nahas Ph.D FACMG

Dr. Shareef A. Nahas Ph.D FACMG

Laboratory Director

Dr. Nahas graduated from the University of California, Irvine with his B.S. in Biological Sciences. He subsequently received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles in Molecular Toxicology. His research focused on the molecular genetics of DNA repair disorders. He completed post-doctoral training as an NIH Fellow in Clinical Molecular Genetics at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) / Cedars Sinai Medical Center and is certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics. Dr. Nahas has first authored or co-authored over 25 peer-reviewed publications. Prior to joining Alpha Genomix Laboratories, Dr. Nahas was the Technical Director at Ambry Genetics and Director of Clinical Genomics at Genoptix Medical Laboratory. Dr. Nahas is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics.

Dr. Tariq Adwan

Dr. Tariq Adwan

Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Adwan graduated from Misericordia University with his B.S. in Biology and Chemistry with honors. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado from the program of Cell Biology, Stem Cells and Development where he also did his postdoctoral fellowship. His research focused on understanding the molecular mechanism underlying salivary gland dysfunction in Head and Cancer patients. While a graduate student and a postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Adwan received a number of grants and awards including the National Institute of Health’s National Research Service Award. In addition, Dr. Adwan is a co-author on a number of high impact peer reviewed publications and was invited to present his work at a number of scientific meetings, including the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Conference on Lipid Mediated Signaling in Cancer. Before Joining Alpha Genomix, Dr. Adwan worked as an assistant professor at An-Najah National University, School of Medicine.

Sarah Peake

Sarah Peake

Medical Liaison

Dr. Peake is experienced in the fields of pharmacogenomics, acute care, ambulatory care, and the management of patients with co-morbid psychiatric and substance abuse disorders. She graduated from Kennesaw State University with a B.B.A. in Business Management. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy. Dr. Peake is currently the Medical Science Liaison for Alpha Genomix Laboratories.