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EMLab P&K's Mission and Leadership Team

Our Mission

To partner with environmental professionals who make important decisions about the indoor environment that affect the health of our communities. We use science and innovation to provide accurate data that people trust and to create solutions that save time and resources.


Our Values

  • Community: We do what is right for employees, clients and the public.
  • Excellence: We give clients unmatched value and absolute confidence in our analytical expertise, quality, service and integrity.
  • Leadership: We lead the industry in innovation, service and good business practices.


Our Clients

EMLab P&K supports a diversified client base including: IAQ consultants, industrial hygienists, environmental specialists, mold remediation and HVAC contractors, hospitals and medical professionals, building owners and commercial property managers, home inspectors, engineering and construction firms, insurance, real estate, and legal professionals. Clients also include federal, state, and local government health departments throughout the United States, as well as university researchers.


Our Leadership Team

Dave Gallup

Dave Gallup
Co-founder and General Manager

Dave joined EMLab P&K in 1997 after 10 years of engineering and management in the automotive industry. He has positioned EMLab P&K as a leader in the IAQ industry by recruiting and training the most experienced microbiologists and by implementing quality control systems taken from the air bag sensor industry to ensure that EMLab P&K consistently provides the highest quality and service. Dave holds eight patents and received his B.S. in Engineering and Applied Science from the California Institute of Technology and a Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.

Dr. Harriet Burge

Dr. Harriet Burge
Director of Aerobiology and Chair of EMLab P&K's Scientific Advisory Board

Widely considered the leading expert in bioaerosols, Dr. Burge helped pioneer the field more than 30 years ago. She developed and ran the aerobiology program at the Harvard School of Public Health for 10 years, and has served on many National Academy of Sciences committees on bioaerosols. Dr. Burge also served on the Board of Directors of the New England Chapter of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

Dr. Kamash Ramanathan
Regional Director (West/Central)

Dr. Kamash Ramanathan received his Ph.D. in Microbiology, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from the University of Idaho. In 2001, He joined EMLab P&K after years of conducting scientific research and teaching in the field of microbiology. Dr. Ramanathan possesses vast experience in laboratory management and is a member of various academic and scientific organizations and serves as a technical expertise in the field of microbiology and molecular biology. Dr. Ramanathan oversees the So. San Francisco, California laboratory and in addition is responsible for overall operations and service quality provided through our laboratories in the Western Region.

Dr. Michael Berg
Regional Director (East)

Dr. Michael Berg joined EMLab P&K in 2005 and worked as Department Manager and Technical Director before taking the position of Regional Director. He holds a Ph.D. in Biology from the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany. Dr. Berg researched plant pathology and plant genetics as postdoctoral fellow at Oklahoma State University. He also worked in fungicide research for BASF in Germany. Dr. Berg has published his work in peer reviewed journals and presented at national and international meetings. Dr. Berg also presents webinars for EMLab P&K and speaks at workshops and meetings for AIHA, IAQA, and other industry organizations.

Dave Spurlock

Dave Spurlock
Vice President, Operations & Corporate Development

Mr. Spurlock is the Vice President of Operations & Corporate Development for TestAmerica and affiliated companies. In this role Dave’s main focus is the leadership of TestAmerica affiliate companies - EMLab P&K microbiology; and Environmental Sampling and Supply (ESS) consumables businesses. Dave is also focused on critical growth platforms such as international expansion, laboratory partnerships, strategic alliances, joint ventures and M&A activity supporting the TestAmerica network of laboratories and companies. Dave’s previous role with TestAmerica was Vice President of Sales in 2010-2012 when our firm grew its business. Dave’s original experience roots from the Clinical Laboratory industry, notably 25 years of experience driving profitable revenue growth at executive and senior management level roles in major organizations such as SmithKline Beecham, Quest Diagnostics and LabCorp. Dave has a Bachelor of Sciences Degree in Business Administration from Robert Morris University.

Doug Stein
Sales Director

Doug Stein joined EMLab P&K in 2006 after spending 6 years as a Research Polymer Chemist and Analytical Chemist. Through Doug’s tenure at EMLab P&K, he has filled the roles of Account Manager, Regional Account Manager, Senior Account Executive and began his role as Sales Director in 2012. Doug holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the School of Polymer Science and High Performance Materials at the University of Southern Mississippi.