Institutional Leadership


Jan E. Schnitzer, M.D. - Institute Director

PRISM was founded in 2009 by Dr. Schnitzer, a world-renowned expert in vascular biology with almost four decades of research experience.  Upon earning his MD in 1985 from the University of Pittsburgh, he served as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Cell Biology, Yale University Medical School, where he began his pioneering work on the caveolae transcytosis transport pathway.  He served as Scientific Director for the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, San Diego, CA, from 1999-2009 prior to founding PRISM.

Dr. Schnitzer has received many awards, including the Established Investigator Award from the American Heart Association, the CaP Cure Award in Cancer, and the Kleinerman Lectureship Award for Pulmonary Pathobiology.  Over the last two decades, he has served as Associate Editor of several journals and on the Scientific Advisory Board of several companies.  He is the recipient of several multi-million dollar NIH grants and has led pioneering projects in the fields of vascular biology and cancer research.


L. Jean Remmer - Vice President, Research Administration

Ms. Remmer has played a pivotal role since PRISM was founded, providing strategic guidance and leadership.  She brings with her over 25 years of experience in all aspects of research administration and management of non-profit research organizations.  In her current role as Vice President, she coordinates and implements activities of Research Administration with overall institution strategies, corporate culture and management values.  As an institutional official, she reviews, approves and submits all grant applications submitted by the Institution.  She is responsible for planning, organizing, and executing compliance programs in all areas of Contracts and Grants Administration, and is the primary liaison with the Board of Trustees.  Previous positions include Assistant Vice President, Research Administration at the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor UCLA Medical Center, and Director of Research Administration at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center.  


Peggy Ho Faix, Ph.D. - Director of Scientific Operations

Dr. Faix joined PRISM in 2010 to serve as a scientific and intellectual liaison to support grant writing and patent portfolio management. She has worked in the San Diego, CA, life science industry for over a decade as a project manager, consultant, and a senior research scientist in molecular biology.  Dr. Faix also served as a scientific adviser at a leading intellectual property law firm where she supported patent prosecution in the area of biotechnology.  She received her B.S. in Biochemistry from UCLA and her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of Pittsburgh.  While a post-doctoral fellow at the NIH, she performed research in the field of molecular virology to determine the genetic elements that regulate the host range of retroviruses.  Dr. Faix is currently responsible for scientific operations, program management, intellectual property and partnering activities.