The Skandalaris Center team is committed to inspiring and developing Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship at Washington University in St. Louis.

Ralph Quatrano

Interim Director

Ralph S. Quatrano (Ph.D.) has been the Spencer T. Olin Professor in Biology at Washington University in St. Louis for the last 20 years. He is internationally known for his plant science research and significant contributions to the life sciences. He has served in several administrative positions, such as Dean of School of Engineering & Applied Science (2010-15). He also has interacted with the private sector, such as being Research Manager at Dupont and co-founder of MOgeneLC, a genomic service company in STL. Ralph also serves on boards, consults for start-ups and major agricultural companies, is a Senior Partner in Exeteur, a new venture development company, and is a Venture Partner for the Lewis and Clark Venture Fund in St. Louis.

Database Analyst

Woonchan Cho is a data analyst at Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He joined Washington University Olin Business School in 2015 and earned an MBA degree in 2017. Before devoting his work full-time to the Center, He worked as a software developer and technology project manager in financial institutions for 7 years. Utilizing knowledge in finance, software development and big data, he is implementing a financial modeling and education tool to help early-stage and prospective entrepreneurs to establish the financial projections for their companies.

New Venture Analyst

Tom Krenning is a registered patent agent and project manager for various members of the St. Louis Innovation Community (BioGenerator, Euclises Pharmaceuticals, KaloCyte) and now focuses on engendering a culture of innovation and execution of product development with Washington University faculty through Skandalaris’ LEAP educational & translational program. Tom worked as a synthetic chemist for the Center for World Health and Medicine and has their Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry from Saint Louis University.

Entrepreneur Fellow

Che-Pei (Pat) Kung obtained his PhD degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, studying tumorigenic mechanisms mediated by Epstein-Barr virus. After graduation, Pat first worked at the Wistar Institute in Philadelphia, where he identified genetic variations in the tumor suppressor protein p53 that regulate the development of both cancers and diabetes. He is now a TL1 postdoctoral research scholar at Washington University School of Medicine, conducting translational research to develop novel therapeutic approaches in hard-to-treat breast cancers. He is also an entrepreneur fellow at the Skandalaris Center, assisting with applications for SBIR/STTR small business grant mechanisms from the Washington University community.

Office Coordinator

Erin graduated from the University of Missouri, Columbia in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. She started work at Washington University in St. Louis in August 2013 and joined the Skandalaris Center in March 2018. Erin brings with her experience in event management, administrative coordinating, and an appreciation for creativity and innovation from an entrepreneurial perspective. In her free time, Erin enjoys spending time with her family and dog Remy, traveling, exploring new restaurants, and reading.
James Sorrell

New Venture Analyst

James started work at the Washington University School of Medicine in 2011 working in the area of Traumatic Brain Injury research. He gained an interest in entrepreneurship following his involvement in the St. Louis-based consulting firm The BALSA Group. He co-founded a medical diagnostics company in 2015. James earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Drury University in Springfield, Missouri.

Program Manager

Jessica graduated from the University of Missouri, Columbia, in 2006 earning a bachelor of arts degree in Communications. She joined the Skandalaris Center in 2014 after five years with the WUSTL Career Center. She earned a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Washington University in 2013. Jessica brings the skills and experience she gained from advising students in the Career Center to the Skandalaris Center to work with students and campus colleagues interested in entrepreneurship. She plans and executes 3 annual programs (Startup WU, Summer Internship, and StEP), recruits mentors & manages logistics for the Hatchery Class, advises students on getting involved with the Skandalaris Center, and tracks data for the Princeton Review survey on entrepreneurship. She also manages the student assistants and is a 4-year advisor for Arts & Sciences students. When not working, Jessica enjoys traveling, reading, practicing yoga, and hiking.

Brand and Communications Manager

Shauna graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) in Marketing and Entrepreneurship. During college, she co-founded a social platform for couples, for which she served as the Marketing Director. After graduating, she took a stab at the corporate world, hoping to take her passion for paradigm innovation to General Mills in Bentonville, Arkansas. She continued a marketing consultancy on the side to feed her creative ambitions, but she eventually realized that was not enough. Shauna joined the Skandalaris team in March 2016, and the position is a perfect fusion of her passions: innovation and creative marketing. When not working, Shauna can be found sitting for long hours in the coffee shops, finding every excuse to eat every pastry, scouring thrift stores for vintage finds, or traveling.