BCST Staff

Teresa Fryberger, Ph.D., Director



Douglas Friedman, Ph.D., Senior Program Officer


Camly Tran, Ph.D., Associate Program Officer


Claire Ballweg, Program Coordinator


Shubha Banskota, Financial Associate


Staff Biographies


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.


Dr. Douglas Friedman

Douglas Friedman is a Senior Program Officer with Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology. His primary scientific interests lie in the fields of organic chemistry, organic & bio-organic materials, chemical & biological sensing, and nanotechnology, particularly as they apply to national and homeland security.  Dr. Friedman has supported a diverse array of activities since joining the Academies.  He served as study director or co-study director on Transforming Glycoscience: A Roadmap for the Future, Determining Core Capabilities in Chemical and Biological Defense Science and Technology, Effects of Diluted Bitumen on Crude Oil Transmission Pipelines, and Responding to Capability Surprise: A Strategy for U.S. Naval Forces. Additionally, he has supported activities on The Role of the Chemical Sciences in Finding Alternatives to Critical Resources, Opportunities and Obstacles in Large-Scale Biomass Utilization, and Technological Challenges in Antibiotics Discovery and Development. Dr. Friedman is currently supporting studies on safety culture in academic research laboratories, security implications of advancing technologies in the life sciences, and synthetic biology. Prior to joining the Academies Dr. Friedman performed research in physical organic chemistry and chemical biology at Northwestern University, the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of California, Berkeley, and Solulink Biosciences. He received a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Northwestern University and a B.S. in Chemical Biology from the University of California, Berkeley.


Dr. Camly Tran

Camly Tran is an Associate Program Officer with the Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology. Originally from Pittsburgh, she earned her B.S. degree in Chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University and continued her studies at Brown University. She recently completed her Ph.D. work with a focus on bioinorganic chemistry. During her time at Brown, she has received honors and awards including the Brown Executive Scholars Training Program, ACS Global Research Exchanges Education Training Program, and the Rhode Island NASA grant.


Ms. Claire Ballweg 

Claire Ballweg is a Program Coordinator for the Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology. Claire joined the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in April of 2015 as a Senior Program Assistant on the Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, after receiving her Masters of Science in ecological applications from Imperial College London. During her time at Imperial College, she completed a thesis analyzing complex global data sets using Geographic Information Systems to develop a model for identifying appropriate and ideal tropical forest conservation areas. Prior to this she graduated cum laude from James Madison University with a B.S. in both Health Sciences and Biology.