The TBT board members are professionals in the RTP area who volunteer their time to plan TBT events and grow the organization.
We work in a variety of industries and bring diverse strengths and perspectives to TBT.
On this page, you can read more about each of us.
Don't hesitate to come up and say hi at an event!
President - Bailey DeBarmore, PhD MHS RDN
Dr. Bailey DeBarmore is an epidemiologist who works with real world evidence. She focuses on applying rigorous epidemiologic methods to electronic health records and claims data to answer health questions pertinent to current and future patients. She received her BS in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University, her Master of Health Science in Clinical Epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University, and her PhD in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also trained as a clinical dietitian at the University of Virginia Health System.
As TBT President, her favorite parts of events are meeting 1st time attendees, connecting people with similar interests or in similar industries, and running the raffle giveaways. Dr. DeBarmore joined the board in 2021.
Outside of work, you'll find Bailey walking her dog, playing with her nephews, or attending local pop-up markets, food truck rodeos, and other events in the area.
Director of Finance - Anne Ballou, PhD
Dr. Anne Ballou works to support sustainable and safe food animal production by improving gastrointestinal health and function in swine and poultry. She received her B.S. and M.S. in Animal Science from the University of Kentucky, and her PhD in Functional Genomics from North Carolina State University, where she studied the relationships between gastrointestinal bacteria and host immune function. Anne overlays nutrition, genetics, and immunology in her research to understand and promote microbiomes that contribute to host health and function. In addition to her research efforts, Dr. Ballou works to be a part of the cross-disciplinary cooperation that goes into developing and implementing effective outreach, and science and agriculture policy.
Learn more about Dr. Ballou in her Board Member Highlight!
Director of Marketing - Caroline Wake
Caroline works to connect industry-leading organizations with the engineering and life science talent they need. She received her BS in Health Sciences from James Madison University and is driven to connect her background in science with her desire to connect people. Caroline joined the board in 2022.
Director of Activities - Deena Horowitz
With over a decade of experience in the clinical research industry, Deena has closely collaborated with numerous academic medical centers and institutions, specializing in and supporting their ethical review processes. Currently, Deena serves as a dedicated business development professional, focused on connecting clinical research stakeholders with innovative solutions to enhance their trials. She enjoys networking with other industry professionals and learning about different aspects of life sciences both within and outside of the research world. Deena has called Durham home since 2016, and when not immersed in the world of life sciences, she loves exploring the great outdoors with her husband and two dogs, shopping trips at the Durham Farmers' Market, and whipping up tasty vegan treats at home. Deena joined the board in 2023.
Event Coordinator - Oswaldo (Ozzy) Lozoya, PhD MS
Dr. Lozoya is a seasoned biomedical engineer and subject matter expert on integrative multi-omics analytics, single-cell sequencing R&D, biomarker discovery, and high-dimensional data mining. His scientific publications span the fields of metabolism, mitochondrial biology, biophysical stimuli, epigenetics, and regenerative stem cell physiology, with emphasis on the effects of environmental exposures and infectious pathogens. In his previous work while at NIH, he developed a SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 mass-scale surveillance technology, currently one of 11 NIH patents licensed by the U.S. Government to the Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) for global access and pandemic preparedness. He currently works as a Scientific Computing Principal Investigator at RTI International, working to accelerate extraction of biological insight from “Big Data” by deploying new analytical paradigms to the benefit of public health. Dr. Lozoya received BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso, and a PhD from the Joint Biomedical Engineering Program at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University. He joined the board in 2023.
Outside of work, Ozzy enjoys fishing local ponds, baking bread, grilling, and watching fútbol (favorite sport) and other shows on TV with his family (The Muppets have a special regular rotation). He's a native Mexican, and an adopted North Carolinian since 2006.
Member at Large - Ali Ghiassi
With degrees from UNC-Greensboro in International Business, Economics, and Spanish, and over a decade of experience in the Life Sciences industry, Ali has had the opportunity to support a wide range of innovative Pharma, Biotech, Medical Device and Services organizations (CRO, CDMO) across the globe.
He prioritizes creating strategic partnerships while implementing effective and efficient programs for talent acquisition, talent management, employee engagement and employer branding. Leveraging his international experience across LATAM and Europe, and his language skills, Ali currently leads recruitment for Labcorp’s Global Commercial Organization. Ali has been involved in TBT since its inception in 2012.
Outside of work, Ali enjoys travel - he is a fan of seeing as much of our amazing planet as possible, cooking, camping, hiking, skiing, painting and lending time to a few great non-profit organizations.
Director of Communications - Jake Rodriguez
Graduating from VCU with a Bachelor's in Science, Jake possesses extensive experience in Pharma Manufacturing, specializing in QC, Stability, Data Processing, and Technology Science. Currently in a Scientist role at a leading Vaccine Manufacturing company, he is motivated by his passion for revolutionizing Pharma Manufacturing through innovative technology.
Beyond his scientific pursuits, Jake leverages his passion for digital tech to guide brands and organizations through the digital world. With a knack for crafting tailored strategies and implementing cutting-edge automation, he is committed to advancing both scientific innovation and digital presence optimization. Jake joined the board in 2024.
Outside of work, Jake likes to paint murals.
Interested in joining the TBT board or volunteering at events?
We are looking for motivated and proactive individuals in the RTP area to join our board and help us out with day-of event volunteering. If you are interested, please contact us or reach out to a board member to chat during one of our in-person events.