Team 2017-11-07T14:58:09+00:00

Meet The Head Office

Our mission is to fill the void between source identification research and real-world implementation of the technology.

Mauricio Larenas

CEO

Mauricio has provided advice and assistance to hundreds of water managers across the country with source identification projects for the last decade. He previously led the company’s development of breakthrough technologies such as Digital PCR, and has lead the effort to make Source Molecular the only accredited lab for source tracking in the world.

Tania Madi, M.S.

Biologist & Laboratory Director

Tania’s research experience includes areas in Forensic Science and Environmental Molecular Biology. She has successfully completed hundreds of Microbial Source Tracking projects around the country and has collaborated with partners such as the U.S.EPA and Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. She operates the molecular biology laboratory and maintains strict quality control procedures.

Steven Lee, Ph.D

Scientific Director

Dr. Lee leads the research and development arm of the laboratory and has formerly served as the Director of the Forensic Science Program at San Jose State University. Before joining Source, Dr. Lee was Sr. Technical Manager of Forensic Genomics at Illumina Inc. His fields of interest and expertise include pure and applied forensic DNA research, microbial genetics, molecular phylogenetics and applications of new technologies, massively parallel sequencing and automation to improve public safety.

James Herrin, M.S.

Project Manager

James has previously worked on managing research ecology laboratories, developing water quality analyses, and conducting field research bodies of water throughout the southeastern US. He has worked extensively on water quality issues, particularly with the state water quality agencies in Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina.

Mohammad Jubair, Ph.D

qPCR Research Associate

Dr. Jubair earned his PhD based off his research on cholera in aquatic environments, and is using his knowledge of PCR and genetics to develop new techniques for environmental pathogens and microbial source tracking. He has extensive experience in molecular biology and microbiology in academia, private industry, and government labs.

Melissa Muñoz, M.S.

Senior Laboratory Technician

Melissa’s experience and interests include neurobiology and environmental biology. Melissa’ critical role in operations includes managing genetic analysis throughputs, equipment maintenance and technician training.

Haley Gershon

Business Development

Haley has a background in ecosystem science & policy and political science with a passion for a clean and sustainable environment. She supports the use of innovative technology and progressive policies to ensure the public consistently gains access to safe and clean water sources.

Arun Pingali, M.Eng.

Technology Strategist

Arun has a background in bioengineering and computer science, and uses them to program a pipetting robot to perform lab tasks such as qPCR. He also works on side tech projects such as redesigning the website and instituting LIMS.

Malik Rivas

Laboratory Technician

Malik’s interest in microbiology led him to Source Molecular where he handles environmental sample preparation and water filtration. His responsibilities also include record keeping and coordinating client sampling kits.