Scientific Leadership

Applied DNA is led by a team of scientists with years of collective experience in forensics and bioscience.

Michael Hogan, Ph.D.
Vice President, Life Sciences

Dr. Hogan has 25 years of experience in translational science; breakthroughs in the use of DNA as therapeutics, as the basis for in vitro diagnostics, and the broad area of biospecimen stabilization have been particular areas of focus. He was an early pioneer in the development of lab-on-a-chip in his work as professor at Baylor College of Medicine, in collaboration with MIT Lincoln Laboratory and Genometrix, a company that he co-founded to commercialize those technologies.

Dr. Hogan was awarded his Ph.D with highest distinction by Yale University. He earned his B.S. in Biology from Dartmouth College, where he graduated Summa cum Laude.

As a researcher and entrepreneur in pharmaceuticals, Dr. Hogan has had extensive interaction with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other relevant government agencies. He was Chief Science Officer and Co-founder of Triplex Pharmaceuticals, one of the early biopharma players in the area of DNA therapy.

He holds 25 U.S. patents and many more international patents. He has considerable experience in managing large grant awards, directing as Principal Investigator large NIH, DoD, DARPA and NIST funded programs including RO1, PO1 and SBIR Grants based on national-scale collaboration among engineers, chemists and the clinical sciences.

Ila Lansky, Ph.D.
Director of Forensics

Criminalist, Office of Chief Medical Examiner (2006-2011), Forensic Scientist, Nassau County Medical Examiner’s Office (2011-2013)

Dr. Lansky received her Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

Ming-Hwa Benjamin Liang, Ph.D.
Principal Scientist

Between May 1999 and September 2005, Dr. Liang was the director of research and development at Biowell Technology Inc. Dr. Liang received a B.S. in Bio-Agriculture from Colorado State University in 1989, a M.S. in Horticulture from the University of Missouri at Columbia in 1991, his Ph.D. in Plant Science from the University of Missouri at Columbia in 1997 and his LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law from Shih Hsin University, Taiwan in 2004.