About The Team
Ornelas received her bachelor’s degree from Mount Saint Mary’s University in 2007. She obtained her MBA in 2015 from the same institution with an emphasis on entrepreneurship. She has been with Cedars-Sinai for over 10 years and has an extensive background in stem cell generation, culture and differentiation. Ornelas currently manages the Cedars-Sinai Biomanufacturing Center (CBC) and acts as project manager for the CBC’s various research projects, including the Answer ALS project, which involves collecting samples and generating induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) for motor neuron differentiation from over 1,000 patient samples.
Business and Administration
Shamash graduated from the University of Washington Foster School of Business with a bachelor or arts in business administration. With a career that spans retail and nonprofit work to event planning to professional chef, she has over 10 years of experience in customer service and business administration. Shamash was thrilled to join the Cedars-Sinai Biomanufacturing Center (CBC) team in 2017 to facilitate the work of the Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell (iPSC) Core and development of the CBC.
Process Development and Manufacturing
Dholoo is an experienced professional with the ability to develop and provide value in fast-paced and start-up environments. He has a strong passion for simple, efficient, compliant manufacturing operations and enjoys working with diverse and dynamic teams that have shifting priorities. Dholoo’s background in working in a cGMP environment has enabled him to build high-performing teams that yield exceptional results.
Operations and Facilities
Gutierrez has over 10 years of current good manufacturing practice (cGMP) experience in commercial pharmaceutical and biotech facilities as a facility and utility operator and engineer. He has a bachelor of science in business management from Western Governors University.