Senior Staff and Contact Information

Richard G. Smith, Ph.D. Founder / President and Chief Executive Officer (Ex-Officio)

Richard G. Smith, Ph.D., retired from Lofstrand Labs Limited in November of 2011 as President and Chief Executive Officer of Lofstrand Labs Limited, a company he founded in 1983. He holds a doctorate in Biophysics from Brandeis University where he studied under the physical chemist, Dr. Henry Linschitz. Dr. Smith received his B.S. degree in Chemistry with minors in Mathematics, Physics, Philosophy and Theology from St. Peter's College. From 1973 through 1976, Dr. Smith studied as a post doctoral fellow at the National Cancer Institute in the Laboratory of Tumor Cell Biology (LTCB) under Dr. David Gillespie. During the years 1976 through 1981 he served as Senior Staff Fellow at the LTCB.

Robert Alexander Laboratory Manager and Department Head, Molecular Probes

Robert Alexander joined Lofstrand Labs in 1983 and is the most senior staff member with over thirty years with the company. Prior to joining Lofstrand, Bob worked with Dr. Smith as a senior research assistant performing molecular studies on the etiology of human cancer. Bob received a B.S. in Biology from the University of Maryland, and serves as Laboratory Manager, Radiation Safety Officer and Head of the Molecular Probes Department. Mr. Alexander retired from Lofstrand Labs in 2015.

Bob is also co-inventor of the Lofstrand Bactolift.

Jeremy Dathe Project Manager, DNA Sequencing and Molecular Cloning

Jeremy Dathe joined Lofstrand Labs Limited as a lab aide in 1992 after receiving his B.S. in Biotechnology from the University of Delaware. With over twenty years of experience in such areas as DNA sequencing, PCR and gene cloning, he is now Project Manager in the DNA Sequencing and Molecular Cloning Department.

Thomas C. Harbage Department Head, DNA Synthesis and Probe Labeling

Thomas C. Harbage joined Lofstrand Labs in 1988 after receiving his B.S. in Zoology from the University of Maryland. Tom worked in the department of Plant Molecular Genetics at the U.S. Department of Agriculture from 1985 until 1988, before joining Lofstrand.

Nancy Y. M. Li, Ph.D. Laboratory Director and Department Head, Plasmid DNA Production

Laboratory Director Nancy Y.M. Li, Ph.D. joined Lofstrand Labs in 1984 as a senior staff scientist. In 1986 Dr. Li was promoted to Laboratory Director and Head of the Plasmid DNA production department. She obtained her M.S. from Brown University and her Ph.D. degree in physiological chemistry at Texas A&M University.

Dr. Li retired from Lofstrand Labs in 2016.

Yuan-Tsang Ting, Ph.D. President and Chief Operations Officer

Yuan-Tsang Ting, Ph.D. recently (01/2012) assumed the position of President and COO of Lofstrand Labs Limited following the retirement of the president, Richard G. Smith. Dr. Ting joined Lofstrand Labs in 2000 as Department Head of DNA Sequencing and Molecular Cloning and promoted to Chief Operations Officer in 2010. Dr. Ting received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Dallas in molecular and cell biology. Prior to joining Lofstrand Labs, Dr. Ting served as a post doctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.