Robert C. Alaniz, Ph.D.
CEO, CSO, and Co-Founder
In addition to his role as CEO/CSO of FORTIS Biosciences, Robert Alaniz is a company co-founder as well as Assistant Professor and Director in the College of Medicine Cell Analysis Facility at the Texas A&M Health Science Center. Dr. Alaniz received his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University in 1991 and received his Ph.D. in Immunology from the University of Washington in 2002. He remained at the University of Washington for his Postdoc in Microbial Pathogenesis. Dr. Alaniz has co-authored several esteemed publications and most recently became the director of the newly established Center for Integrated Microbiota Research (CIMR) at Texas A&M University.
Arul Jayaraman, Ph.D.
CTO and Co-Founder
In addition to his role as CTO of FORTIS Biosciences, Arul Jayaraman is a company co-founder as well as Associate Professor in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University. Dr. Jayaraman received his undergraduate degree from the Birla Institute of Technology & Science and received his M.S. from Tufts University. He went on to complete his Ph.D. at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Jayaraman has been recognized for several honors, including the 2011 Celanese Teaching Excellence Award. His research focuses on molecular systems biotechnology, specifically on using integrated experimental and modeling approaches for investigating problems in human health and medicine.
LauraLee Hughes, MBIOT
In addition to her role as Board Member of FORTIS Biosciences, LauraLee Hughes serves as Executive Director for the Office of Technology Translation at the Texas A&M Health Science Center, where she leads efforts related technology translation, commercialization, and innovation. Previously, LauraLee spent four years at the Texas A&M University System Office of Strategic Initiatives as a key technical and project manager for multiple research and development initiatives. Her major project responsibilities included the National Center for Therapeutics Manufacturing, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Blue Angel Program, and most recently, the Texas A&M Center for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing. LauraLee is a graduate of Texas A&M University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in biochemistry and genetics, a Master's degree in biotechnology, and also a graduate certificate in business from the Mays Business School. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Research Valley Partnership, multiple other TAMHSC startup companies and is a member of the Leadership Texas Class of 2014.