BCST Staff

Laura DeFeo, Ph.D., Acting Director



Marilee Shelton-Davenport, Ph.D., Senior Program Officer



Camly Tran, Ph.D., Program Officer


Anna Sberegaeva, Ph.D., Associate Program Officer


Jessica Wolfman, Senior Program Assistant


Nicholas Rogers, Financial Associate


Teresa Fryberger, Ph.D., Advisor


Staff Biographies


Dr. Laura DeFeo

Laura DeFeo is Acting Director of the Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology and Associate Executive Director of the Division on Earth and Life Studies at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.  The Division’s programs cover a wide range of issues related to agriculture; animal research; atmospheric, ocean, and polar sciences; chemical sciences and engineering; Earth sciences; environmental health and toxicology; life sciences; management of water and other natural resources; and nuclear and radiation science and technology. Laura has held senior positions in the Academies' National Research Council Executive Office, most recently as Assistant Executive Officer, and previously as Director of Programs and Policy and as a member of the Academies’ Report Review Committee staff. She first arrived at the Academies as a Mirzayan Fellow with the Board on Higher Education and Workforce in the Policy and Global Affairs Division. Laura received a Ph.D. in chemistry from Yale University, where her research was in theoretical and physical chemistry, and a B.S. degree in chemistry with a minor in mathematics from Duquesne University.


Dr. Marilee Shelton-Davenport

Marilee Shelton-Davenport, Ph.D., is a seasoned science policy program director who joined the Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology (BCST) in at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine in 2016, after 17 years with the National Academies Board on Life Sciences. Marilee has an extensive portfolio of work at the intersection of chemistry, biology, and health including impactful activities that serve a variety of federal agencies. A natural at building bridges and working across traditional siloes, Marilee’s work includes consensus studies and the development of innovative activities and communication approaches to engage a wide breadth of scientists and stakeholders in impactful dialogs related to emerging technologies, environmental health and toxicology, and chemical and biological defense. Marilee received her Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her B.S. in Biochemistry from Clemson University.


Dr. Camly Tran

Camly Tran joined the Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in 2014 as a postdoctoral fellow after receiving her Ph.D. in chemistry from the Department of Chemistry at Brown University and is currently a Program Officer. She received various honors including the Division of Earth and Life Studies Award (2016), Elaine Chase Award for Leadership and Service (2015), American Chemical Society Global Research Exchanges Education Training Program (2014), and the Rhode Island NASA grant (2013). Dr. Tran completed the workshop summary and report of Mesoscale Chemistry (2015) and the Changing Landscape of Hydrocarbon Feedstocks for Chemical Production (2016). She has also supported the consensus studies: Spills of Diluted Bitumen from Pipelines: A Comparative Study of Environmental Fate, Effects, and Response (2016; Chemical Laboratory Safety and Security: A Guide to Developing Standard Operating Procedures (2016); Effective Chemistry Communication in Informal Environments (2016); and Communicating Chemistry: A Framework for Sharing Science: A Practical Evidence-Based Guide (2016). She is currently supporting activities on chemistries of the microbiomes, chemical weapons, and chemical precursors for improvised explosive devices.


Dr. Anna Sberegaeva

Anna Sberegaeva joined the Academies in 2016 as an Associate Program Officer of the Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology. Prior to that she was a recipient of the American Society for Engineering Education Fellowship and held a position of a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Naval Research Laboratory. Anna earned her Ph.D. in Organometallic Chemistry from the University of Maryland College Park and her Masters of Science degree in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Florida. Anna graduated with a B.S. (Chemistry) and a B.A. (Linguistics) degree from the Herzen State Pedagogical University in St. Petersburg, Russia.


Ms. Jessica Wolfman

Jessica Wolfman is a Senior Program Assistant for the Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology and the Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology. She joined the Academies in August of 2017. Jessica graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Dickinson College in May of 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Earth Sciences and a minor in Mathematics.


Mr. Nicolas D. Rogers

Nicholas D. Rogers is a financial associate with the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources (BESR) and Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology (BCST) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. He received a B.A. in history (honors), with a focus on the history of science and early American history, from Western Connecticut State University in 2004. He began working for the National Academies in 2006 with BESR and joined the BCST staff in 2018. Nick has received three internal staff awards in recognition of service to the Academies and DELS, one individual award in 2007 for outstanding service, as a member of the financial associate team for service in 2013, and a team award from DELS in 2017. Outside the National Academies, Nick is a volunteer with The First Tee of Greater Washington D.C.


Dr. Teresa Fryberger

Teresa Fryberger came to the 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.