In keeping with our interdisciplinary approach, Sustainable Health's leadership encompasses a highly diverse set of skills and experiences.

  1. Michael BIRT
    Director and Research Professor, Biodesign Institute
    Michael BIRT
    Michael Birt is the Director of the Center for Sustainable Health at the Biodesign Institute. Prior to starting Sustainable Health with Lee Hartwell in 2009, he was the founding Executive Director of the Pacific Health Summit and launched the Center for Health and Aging at the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR). His career also includes experience in the private sector. He co-founded a leading US-Asia biomedical business development company and has consulted for many of the world’s foremost healthcare, medical technology, and consumer product companies. He received his Ph.D. in East Asian Studies from Princeton University and speaks and reads Japanese fluently. He currently focuses on Project HoneyBee as a means to validate clinical data to sustain health, especially for older adults and their caregivers.
    Virginia G. Piper Chair in Personalized Medicine; Chief Scientist, Center for Sustainable Health; President and Director Emeritus, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
    Lee Hartwell, PhD, is the Virginia G. Piper Chair in Personalized Medicine at the Center for Sustainable Health, Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University. At the Center his work focuses on creating effective learning environments. The first is a course required for all K-8 teachers, Sustainability Science for Teachers and the second is Project Honey Bee, an interdisciplinary research project to validate wearable devices for ambulatory patient management. He also oversees a project to develop biomarkers for the clinical management of many diseases at the Chang Gung Memorial Hospital and University in Taipei,Taiwan. Dr. Hartwell was awarded the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for identifying genes that control cell division in yeast.
  3. Grace O'SULLIVAN
    Director of Strategic Partnerships
    Grace O'SULLIVAN
    Grace O'Sullivan is the Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Center for Sustainable Health. In this role, she is responsible for developing strategic partnerships, cultivating new opportunities, and promoting cross-sector collaborations. She also leads the Center's marketing and communications efforts. Prior to joining CSH, she served as Executive Director and Chief of Staff for the Senior Vice President of the Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development at ASU. In this position, she also directed the research enterprise Communications and Marketing team, leading a large portfolio of internal and external projects. From 2008 to 2012, she played a key leadership role on the research administration team at the Biodesign Institute. Grace earned her MBA from the W.P. Carey School of Business at ASU and is also a Certified Research Administrator. Grace.OSullivan@asu.edu
  4. Kerri ROBINSON
    Associate Director
    Kerri ROBINSON
    Kerri Robinson is the Associate Director & Program Director (OCTs) of the Center for Sustainable Health. She has worked in the public and private sectors and leads mission critical projects, translating visionary ideas into strategic, actionable plans. Kerri works in partnership with physicians and healthcare systems (locally, nationally, and internationally) to administer Observational Clinical Trials (OCTs) to clinically validate wearable biosensors for use in patient populations in a variety of disease areas, and co-developed an interdisciplinary graduate-level course at ASU for business, engineering and nursing/health students to evaluate innovative technologies within healthcare. Kerri has been involved in business intelligence and operations since the Center was founded in 2009. Prior to her employment at ASU, she was Vice President of an educational enrichment and outreach program in Arizona. Kerri also supported the Vice President in founding the Office of Institutional Development at the Apollo Group, Inc. Kerri holds a BS in Business Management, as well as a Master’s degree in Healthcare Innovation from ASU.  Kerri.Robinson@asu.edu
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