Former BIGMAP Policy Associate Sule Karaman
While with BIGMAP, Sule Karaman divided her time between
the Seed Science Center, where she worked with Agronomy Professor Jeff Wolt,
and Pioneer Hi-Bred International, in Johnson, Iowa, where she also worked
as a research scientist.
At Pioneer, Karaman, who is originally from Ankara, Turkey, designs and oversees
conduct of animal trials carried out as as part of food and feed safety assessment
of new genetically engineered (GE) crop lines being developed by the company.
For BIGMAP, Karaman evaluated policies for regulatory best practice for GE
food safety assessment.
Karaman has a PhD in Plant Physiology from Iowa State. Her research has included
environmental risk assessment of transgenic crop-derived enzymes, risk assessment
of plant-derived vaccines, and routes for regulation of nutritionally enhanced
BIGMAP Post-Doctoral Research Associate Saharah Moon Chapotin
Saharah Moon Chapotin, former post-doctoral research associate with BIGMAP,
is based in Washington D.C., where her activities focus on regulatory issues
surrounding genetically modified agricultural products. Chapotin researched
plant breeding methods, including convential breeding and genetic engineering,
to access the potential for unexpected phenotypes and the process by which
they are detected and eliminated. Prior to joining BIGMAP, Chapotin was a science
policy fellow at the National Academies. She received a Ph.D. is plant physiology
from Harvard Univeresity and a B.S. in biology from Stanford University.