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President & Managing Director

Ms. Pearl Griffin has been affiliated with Buffalo BioLabs since 2012 and moved to a senior management position during the company’s restructuring in October 2013. Ms. Griffin is responsible for daily operations, management of the research facilities and personnel, as well as overseeing major administrative areas including program management and finance. With 15 years of experience in the life sciences and project management, Ms. Griffin brings extensive experience in government and private contracting to the team. Prior to joining Buffalo BioLabs she was employed by Buffalo-based Department of Defense contractors Cleveland BioLabs, Inc. and CUBRC, while also contributing as an independent consultant in government proposal preparation.


Director, Preclinical Studies

Dr. Catherine Burkhart has been affiliated with Buffalo BioLabs since 2009. She is currently the Director of Preclinical Studies and is responsible for the planning and oversight of preclinical research. Dr. Burkhart has over 19 years of experience in drug discovery and drug development in the field of oncology. She has extensive experience in cytotoxicity and drug resistance, animal model optimization, toxicity and efficacy testing. Prior to joining Buffalo BioLabs, Dr. Burkhart was a long-time employee of Cleveland BioLabs, Inc in their drug discovery and development programs.

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Director, Animal Resources

Ms. Shayla McCullough-Collins brought her experience in veterinary medicine to the team when she joined Buffalo BioLabs as an Animal Resource Technician in 2011. Shayla transitioned to the leadership team as Director of Animal Resources in February 2021, responsible for planning, directing, executing, and reporting on all in vivo studies performed. Ms. McCullough-Collins maintains her licensing & certifications to ensure she is keeping up with advancements in the field and provides relief work to both day and emergency veterinary practices in WNY. Prior to joining Buffalo BioLabs, she was employed in a similar position with Cleveland BioLabs for many years. Shayla obtained her BA in Psychology from Syracuse University and an AS in Veterinary Technology from Medaille College.

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