Meryl Gersh - A Scientific Mind and Charitable HeartMAY 27, 2020
We have tremendous gratitude for our team at AlphiaBioCom. Meryl Gersh, our Vice President and Head of Scientific Research, embodies the expertise and kindness we nurture in our corporate culture. Learn more about Meryl’s personal and professional leadership here.
Meryl H. Gersh, PhD, is a scientific communications leader with more than 30 years of experience in genetics and biotechnology. She is Senior Vice President, Head of Scientific Services for AlphaGroup and its full-service medical, science, and outcomes research communications agencies including AlphaBioCom, AlphaScientia, and AlphaQsci. Her academic roots combined with an innate acumen for organizational management ensures excellence in business, scientific and staff leadership for the group.
She has been a faculty member of many renowned academic institutions in Philadelphia and its surrounding suburbs including St. Joseph’s University, Rosemont College, and Cabrini University, where she has taught biology, molecular biology, genetics, human heredity, and life sciences for undergraduate students. She also schooled sixth graders enrolled in a privately funded summer enrichment program for underprivileged children called Project Forward Leap at Bryn Mawr College.
Meryl joined AlphaBioCom in January 2007 as a medical writer. She now oversees all aspects of content development including strategy, writing, editorial, and graphics for the AlphaGroup agencies. She guides the development of highly functioning teams by working closely with her scientific directors. She ensures the development of high-quality deliverables within a timely manner and provides guidance on strategy and oversees compliance with company processes and industry guidelines. While at AlphaGroup, she has written about cervical cancer, prostate cancer, hematologic oncology, new technologies in Papanicolaou (Pap) testing, genetics, vaccines, health disparities, health economics, travelers’ health, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria, benign prostatic hyperplasia, gout, hypertriglyceridemia, atrial fibrillation, cardiovascular disease, anticoagulation, respiratory health, gout, and gastroesophageal reflux disease.
Team AlphaBioCom at the American Heart Association Fundraiser
Meryl received her Bachelor of Science in Biology with a concentration in biotechnology, cum laude, at University of Delaware. She earned her PhD in Genetics at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA. She was certified in Editing and Proofreading at Temple University, Ambler, PA; and received her Certified Medical Publications Professional (CMPP) distinction from the International Society of Medical Publication Professionals (ISMPP).
Committed to community and charities, Meryl leads many of the company’s service projects supporting American Heart Association and Philabundance. She has served as vice president of her synagogue, Beth Tikvah-B’nai Jeshurun in Erdenheim, PA, and was a member of the congregation’s board, PTO, and Sisterhood women’s group. She is an avid gym enthusiast with a passion for spinning, weight training, and kickboxing. Her Peloton bike, culinary skills, and love of fictional literature maintain her peace of mind and body. She is most proud of her children: Meryl’s daughter is a University of Pittsburgh graduate and flight controls engineer at Boeing in Seattle, WA; and her son recently graduated from Penn State University and is slated to work at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Manhattan in the fall.