Scientific Team

Eric Guire, Ph.D., Senior Scientist

Dr. Eric Guire joined ISurTec in May of 2008. He received his Ph.D. in Neuroscience in April of 2006 from Oregon Health & Science University, also receiving the OHSU School of Medicine’s 2006 Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award. He received his B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining ISurTec®, Dr. Guire completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Vollum Institute for Advanced Biomedical Research in Portland, OR. Dr. Guire has 8 peer-reviewed publications in the areas of signal transduction, neuronal synaptic plasticity, and the cellular & molecular mechanisms of learning and memory. Dr. Guire is a trained Electrophysiologist, Biochemist, and Molecular Biologist.

As a Senior Scientist, Dr. Guire is responsible for assisting the company’s efforts to develop novel technologies for the basic and pre-clinical neuroscience research markets, especially technologies with potential for treating disorders of the nervous system. Dr. Guire also provides assistance with other projects within ISurTec®.

Kristin Taton, Ph.D., Principal Scientist and Operations Director 

Dr. Kristin Taton is one of the first four employees who started ISurTec in January 2005. She has a Ph.D. in Physical Organic Chemistry from Harvard University, and a B.S. in Chemistry from Stanford University. She has served as P.I. on three previous SBIR projects for the NIH and the NSF, and as project leader on over ten grants. Dr. Taton also has ten years experience in industry. Prior to joining ISurTec, she was employed as a Senior Chemist at SurModics, Inc, where she worked for six years with Dr. Guire on a variety of research projects developing coatings for medical devices and diagnostics including ultrathin wettable coatings, heat-activated coatings, antimicrobial and protein passivating coatings for medical devices and dental applications as well as DNA microarrays. This work resulted in 12 total U.S. patents, published patent applications, and peer-reviewed publications. She was a Scientific Coworker at Eidgenoessiche Technische Hochschule (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) before joining SurModics.

As a Principal Scientist at ISurTec, Dr. Taton specializes in photochemistry and polymer chemistry, focusing on the commercial lubricious product ISurGlide® (she led the research phase for this product) and diagnostics including microsphere coatings, micro arrays, and biosensor applications. Dr. Taton also serves as Operations Director  for the company.

Briana Vogen, Ph.D., Senior Scientist

Dr. Briana Vogen initially joined ISurTec as an NSF ASEE postdoctoral research fellow in August of 2012, and in November 2013, the company hired Dr. Vogen as a Senior Scientist.  She received her Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Duke University in April of 2010, focusing on catalytic and biocatalytic microcontact printing.  She was also awarded a certificate from the Center of Biologically Inspired Materials and Material Systems during her time at Duke. Prior to joining ISurTec, Briana completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at North Carolina State University, focusing on non-traditional DNA templates, surface functionalization, metallization, and placement of DNA origami on patterned surfaces.

As a Senior Scientist, Dr. Vogen is the project leader of ISurSphereTM inserts for 3D cell culture.  A provisional patent has been filed on this technology; it is currently in beta-testing.  She is also responsible for assisting the company’s efforts to develop and utilize novel coatings and coating strategies for cell culture as well as other applications.