The advancement advisory board helps to set the direction of programs and symposia, working to ensure timely topics and the maximization of reach and impact. The group also spearheads the Molecular Frontiers Foundation's developmental efforts.
Lorie Karnath
Chair, Strategic Advisory Board

Lorie Karnath is the co-founder of The Explorers Museum. She is also a founding member of the Molecular Frontiers Foundation, and currently heads the Foundation’s Strategic Advisory board. Lorie also served as the 37th president of the renowned Explorers Club, the second woman to hold this position in the club’s 108-year old history. Lorie served for 3 terms (2009-2012) and during her tenure conceived and spearheaded the Club’s development campaigns, raising significant funding for the organization. During this period, Ms. Karnath also executed and oversaw the completion of a substantial restoration of the Club’s historic headquarters. Lorie participates on a number of international scientific and educational boards and has conceived and spearheaded scientific and educational symposia around the world. A lifelong explorer Lorie a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and was a founding member of the RGS Hong Kong. She also was elected a fellow of the Canadian Royal Geographical Society. Lorie has helped to establish a sanctuary for theWhite Stork in Northern Germany and has also been involved in the creation of a number of schools in Asia. Prior to her current activities within the scientific, educational and other non-profit realm, Lorie worked for a number of years in international finance and investment banking. She has lived and worked around the world and is the author of many books on science, exploration and the arts and is a contributor to numerous international publications. She received her MBA from INSEAD and received an honorary Ph.D. from Shenandoah University.

Mabel Louise Purkerson

Mabel Louise Purkerson is Professor Emerita of Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. As a physician-educator, her scientific research interests included pioneering studies in renal physiology, notably the pathophysiology of the kidney. Dr. Purkerson’s lifelong interest in nature, wildlife conservation and preservation coupled with extensive world travel has enabled her to learn about other civilizations and observe the need to conserve and protect the natural environment of many populations living in remote places. She is motivated by the desire to ensure our planet’s untamed beauty be preserved for future generations. Among her recent contributions to conservation, she counts funding secured for two projects: The Lower Zambezi Partnership Park, which enabled local tribes to become self-supporting and to appreciate their natural resources, and the Trailnet/Confluence Cell-Phone Tour of Area Historic Sites in the St. Louis Area. Dr. Purkerson currently serves on the board of The Explorers Club International as a Director, she is a Royal Geographical Society Fellow, an American Alpine Club member, and serves on boards of trustees for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Missouri Historical Society, Opera Theatre St. Louis, and St. Louis Academy of Science.

Mathias Uhlén
Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

Dr Uhlen received his PhD in chemistry at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden.  After a post-doc period at the EMBL in Heidelberg, Germany, he became professor in microbiology at KTH in 1998. Dr Uhlen has more than 350 publications in bioscience with the focus on the development and use of affinity reagents in biotechnology and biomedicine.

In the eighties, he was the first to describe the use of affinity tags for purification of proteins, a principle now widely used in bioscience. In the 90:ies, his group described a new strategy for DNA analysis called Pyrosequencing, a method that was further developed by a US company (454/Roche) into the first of a new generation of next generation sequencing methods. His group also developed a new affinity reagent called Affibodies, based on combinatorial principles and, in addition, developed alkali-stable variations of protein A, now commercially available for purification of antibodies (MabSelectSure). In the early 2000, his group started an international effort, with groups in Sweden, India, China and South Korea, for the creation of a Human Protein Atlas ( with the aim to systematically map the human proteome with antibodies.

Dr Uhlen is member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Science (IVA), the Royal Swedish Academy of Science (KVA), the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) and member of the Human Proteome Organization (HUPO) council. He was Vice-President of the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), responsible for external relations, from 1999 to 2001. Recently, he became the Director of a new center Science for Life Laboratory Stockholm for high-throughput bioscience ( He has received numerous awards, including the Göran Gustavsson prize, the Gold Medal of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, the Akzo Noble Award, the HUPO Distinguished Award, the KTH Great Prize, the ABRF award, the Scheele prize and H.M. the King’s Medal with the ribbon of the Order of Seraphim.

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