Richard Fronko, Ph.D, Operations Director
Tel (408) 960-2200
Richard Fronko is currently the Operations Director, overseeing facilities and the CORE Laboratory. Richard comes to us with over 15 years experience in the biotech field garnered from two emerging companies, Microcide Pharmaceuticals and Plexxikon, Inc. Richard also was the Manager of the NMR Labs Department of Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has an analytical background with extensive experience managing NMR/HPLC/MS instrumentation in both academia and industry. He has also had lab facility experience, including time spent as a lab safety officer. In his most recent position, he maintained the scientific information infrastructure; deploying databases on the server as well as installing applications on the client end. He has been working part-time while teaching Chemistry at Ohlone College until December 2007, at which point he joined the BioCenter full time.
Maria Matyska-Pesek, Ph.D, Senior Consultant
Dr. Maria Matyska-Pesek received a degree in Pharmacy and a Ph.D in Analytical Chemistry from the Medical Academy in Lublin, Poland. She was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Universite d’Aix-Marseille in the laboratory of Professor Antoine Siouffi and a Research Fellow at Leiras Pharmaceutical in Turku, Finland.
From 1990 to 1993 she was an Assistant Professor at the Medical Academy in Lublin, Poland. Since 1993 she has been a Senior Research Scientist and Adjunct Professor at San Jose State University that included the direction of more than 20 graduate and 10 undergraduate research students, three postdoctoral fellows and 15 visiting research scientists.
Over the last ten years she has served as a consultant for Varian, Inc., Thermoelectron Corp., Lynx Therapeutics, Supelco and Dey L.P. She has more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and has made more than 50 presentations at professional meetings. She currently is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Liquid Chromatography and Related Technologies.