Who We Are

MN-REACH Leadership

Vadim J. Gurvich, Ph.D., M.B.A.Vadim J. Gurvich, Ph.D., M.B.A.
Vadim J. Gurvich, Ph.D., M.B.A. is Associate Director of the Institute for Therapeutics Discovery and Development (ITDD) and Research Associate Professor in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Minnesota. Since 2007, Dr. Gurvich has also served as the Associate Director of the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Technology and Education (NIPTE), a national consortium of leading schools and colleges of Pharmacy and Chemical Engineering. Dr Gurvich is an expert in synthetic organic and medicinal chemistry, drug synthesis and chemical process development and engineering. Dr. Gurvich holds a doctoral degree in organic chemistry along with master’s degrees in chemical engineering and business administration (MBA) and possesses over 25 years of academic and industrial research and development experience.


Allison Hubel, Ph.D.Allison Hubel, Ph.D.
Allison Hubel, Ph.D., is Co-PI and MN-REACH Deputy Director spearheading the educational and skills development activities of MN-REACH. Dr. Hubel is Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Biopreservation Core Resource (BioCoR), the nations only resource on preservation.  Her research in preservation has been translational and has resulted in numerous publications, several patents and the foundation of a small start-up company, Mesoflow, which is commercializing NIH-funded research in the field of preservation. Dr. Hubel also enjoys creating and implementing professional development courses with multidisciplinary themes and faculty and has been involved in programs for faculty development such as the Big Ten Women’s Workshop.



Lorri ChapmanLorri Chapman
Lorri Chapman is a project manager for MN-REACH, responsible for program and office operations, communications, metrics and reporting, and related functions. She has worked at the University eighteen years, previously on a large real estate project and as assistant to the VP for Agricultural Policy. In her roles, Chapman has established and cultivated professional relationships throughout the University system and with external constituents & partners.

She has extensive project and program management experience that includes serving as move coordinate for a large college move (relocation of 60+ faculty and staff to a newly constructed building); establishing procedural and programmatic policies and systems for new offices and programs; supporting grant projects/teams; coordinating educational workshops for as few as ten to upwards of 3,000 participants; and developing health care policy instructional and resource manuals. Chapman previously held positions at the West Metro Education Program, University of St. Thomas, and Minnesota Health & Housing Alliance.