BCST Staff

Teresa Fryberger, Ph.D., Director



Kathryn Hughes, Ph.D., Senior Program Officer


Douglas Friedman, Ph.D., Senior Program Officer


Elizabeth Finkelman, Program Coordinator


Nawina Matshona, Senior Program Assistant


Carl Anderson, Research Associate


Camly Tran, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow


Cotilya Brown, Senior Program Assistant


Staff Biographies


Dr. Teresa Fryberger
Teresa Fryberger came to the National Academies in 2013 to serve as Director of the Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology. She is an accomplished research program and policy manager in the chemical, environmental, and energy sciences, with experience at NASA, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Department of Energy and the Brookhaven and Pacific Northwest National Laboratories. Earlier in her career, Dr. Fryberger was an associate editor at Science and a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Institute for Science and Technology. Dr. Fryberger earned her Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Northwestern University and her B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Oklahoma.


Dr. Kathryn Hughes
Kathryn Hughes is a Senior Program Officer with the Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology. Prior to joining the NRC staff, Kathryn was a Science Policy Fellow with the American Chemical Society. She received her Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Michigan, and holds a bachelor’s degree from Carleton College.


Dr. Douglas Friedman
Douglas Friedman is a Senior Program Officer with Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology at the National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC. His primary scientific interests lie in the fields of organic chemistry, organic & bio-organic materials, chemical & biological sensing, and nanotechnology, particularly as they apply to national and homeland security.  Dr. Friedman has supported a diverse array of activities since joining the NRC.  He served as study director or co-study director on Transforming Glycoscience: A Roadmap for the Future, Determining Core Capabilities in Chemical and Biological Defense Science and Technology, Effects of Diluted Bitumen on Crude Oil Transmission Pipelines, and Responding to Capability Surprise: A Strategy for U.S. Naval Forces. Additionally, he has supported activities on The Role of the Chemical Sciences in Finding Alternatives to Critical Resources, Opportunities and Obstacles in Large-Scale Biomass Utilization, and Technological Challenges in Antibiotics Discovery and Development. Dr. Friedman is currently supporting studies on safety culture in academic research laboratories, security implications of advancing technologies in the life sciences, and synthetic biology. Prior to joining the NRC Dr. Friedman performed research in physical organic chemistry and chemical biology at Northwestern University, the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of California, Berkeley, and Solulink Biosciences. He received a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Northwestern University and a B.S. in Chemical Biology from the University of California, Berkeley.


Ms. Elizabeth Finkelman
Elizabeth Finkelman is currently the Program Coordinator for the Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology. Since joining the National Academies in early 2011, Elizabeth has worked as a Senior Program Assistant with the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate and the Polar Research Board as well as with the report review office in the Division on Earth and Life Studies. Elizabeth holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and molecular biology from McGill University and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Policy degree from the George Washington University.


Ms. Nawina Matshona
Nawina Matshona is a Senior Program Assistant for the Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology (BCST). In this role, her primary responsibility is to provide clerical and administrative support to the BCST program officers and their committees. She has worked in several arenas of business, including non-profit, finance & banking, social services and consulting. Nawina has over ten years of experience providing support to senior executives, including an Ambassador, project-coordination, meeting planning, office management, and research, in an administrative capacity. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Northeastern University, and a Master’s of Science Degree in International Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University.


Mr. Carl Anderson
Carl Anderson joined the Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology of the National Research Council in January 2014 and serves as a Research Associate. Carl previously served a Program Associate with the Board on Life Sciences from between 2009 to 2014. He received a B.A. in Philosophy from American University in 2009 and is currently completing an M.A. in the History of Philosophy. His academic work focuses on the intersection of pragmatism, feminism, and the philosophy of science. He has worked closely with the All Women’s Action Society (Malaysia), helping to engage young men in feminist dialogue and to present a feminist response to the unique identity politics of contemporary Malaysia.


Dr. Camly Tran
Camly Tran is currently a postdoctoral fellow for the Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology. Originally from Pittsburgh, she earned her B.S. degree in Chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University and continued her studies at Brown University. She recently completed her Ph.D. work with a focus on bioinorganic chemistry. During her time at Brown, she has received honors and awards including the Brown Executive Scholars Training Program, ACS Global Research Exchanges Education Training Program, and the Rhode Island NASA grant.


Ms. Cotilya Brown
Cotilya Brown is a Senior Program Assistant for the Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology. Cotilya graduated from Howard University's John H. Johnson School of Communications with a Bachelor’s Degree in Print/On-Line Communication in May 2004. Since that time, she has worked at several organizations including the American Diabetes Association, ESI International, BAE Systems and Time Warner Cable. While her primary experience is in Training Administration, Cotilya has also worked in Education and Project Management.