Our Scientists, Doctors & Researchers
Our Scientists, Doctors
Chairman of the Board
Jaan Tallinn is one of the programmers behind the Kazaa file sharing platform, and a founding engineer of Skype. He is also a partner in the seed-stage venture firm Ambient Sound Investments, a co-founder of the Cambridge Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, and a former member of the Estonian President’s Academic Advisory Board. He describes himself as a futurist, hacker, investor and physicist, in that order. He holds a degree in physics from the University of Tartu.
Chief Executive Officer
Zvi Mowshowitz is a world class strategist and gamer, and was a Magic: The Gathering World Champion and member of its Hall of Fame. After retiring from the game, he founded a highly profitable startup that was acquired by Pinnacle Sports, the world’s leading sportsbook for American-facing events, where algorithms and strategies he developed have been responsible for over ten billion dollars in transactions. He holds a degree in mathematics from Columbia University.
Chief Science Officer
Michael Vassar has worked in molecular biology, genetics and nanoscale physics, has founded multiple start-ups, and was executive director of the Singularity Institute. As their director, he worked with eminent scientists in all major fields and directed both research and large scale conferences. He was inspired to found MetaMed Research by his discovery, in that capacity, that most potentially revolutionary developments in medical science never reach the public. He has also worked as a Peace Corps volunteer and as an inner city school teacher in Cincinnati.
Alyssa Vance is a serial entrepreneur, researcher, and computer programmer. She is the former Executive Director of Humanity+, the world’s premier transhumanist organization, with thousands of members worldwide. The companies she has started include Variance Market Solutions, a platform for social prediction markets; GetBitcoin, an online digital currency exchange (exited in June 2012); and EpicNight, a collaborative story-sharing web application. She is also a consultant for several leading futurist thinkers, including Ray Kurzweil and Prof. James Miller. Prior to working for MetaMed Research, she held positions at Google Research, the Singularity Institute and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She holds a degree in math and economics from Yale University.
Vice President of Research and Analytics
Sarah Constantin is a Ph.D student in mathematics at Yale University, where her research focuses on harmonic analysis with applications to machine learning. She has presented research at several academic conferences, including the American Mathematics Society sectional meetings. She is an NSF and DoD fellow. She earned her B.A. at Princeton University in 2010. Sarah focuses on research at MetaMed, analyzing the medical literature and constructing mathematical models for quantifying disease risk from patient data.
Vice President of Biology
Laura Baur is a fourth year medical student at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, matching in residency programs for psychiatry. She obtained an M.S. in neuroscience at Columbia in 2011, and graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. from Columbia in 2006. In 2007, she completed a Fulbright Scholars Research Grant at the Max Planck Institute for Psychiatry in Munich, and presented her findings on the genetics of depression and anxiety disorders at the World Conference on Neurohypophysial Hormones in Regensburg, Germany. Outside of business and medicine, she is a local community builder in Chelsea, hosting a weekly discussion series on cognitive science and rational decision making.
Dr. Molly Maloof
Dr. Molly Maloof completed her bachelor's degree and Medical Doctorate at the University of Illinois. Her experience with library science, laboratory medicine, and medical research led her to MetaMed. Her passion for the digital health revolution spurred her transition from clinical medicine to working in personalized medical research. Her interests include evidence-based medicine, optimal wellness, and innovative healthcare technologies. She is a fierce patient advocate and has made multiple trips to Washington, DC to lobby on behalf of her patients and peers for healthcare reform. She is a member of the Alameda-Contra Costa County Medical Association and the American Medical Association.
Karthik Sarma is a physician-informaticist in training. He is currently on research sabbatical from a full-time appointment as an M.D./Ph.D student fellow at the UCLA-Caltech Medical Scientist Training Program (to return in August 2013). His current research is at the UCLA Medical Imaging and Informatics group, where he works on programmatically transforming free-text medical record data into organized, understandable information for both physicians and patients. Karthik is also active in health policy, both domestic and international. He is a member of the California delegation to the House of Delegates of the American Medical Association, as well as the House of Delegates of the California Medical Association, and is also on the Medical Student Committee on Legislation and Advocacy of the American Medical Association. In addition to policymaking in organized medicine, he also frequently visits the state legislature and the Capitol to speak with elected officials on the enormous health policy challenges faced by the United States. Internationally, he works with the UCLA Center for World Health to promote local advocacy programs and international training opportunities for medical students. He holds a B.Sc. (Hons.) in computer science from the California Institute of Technology.
William Eden is a first-rate data analyst who has applied himself to the study of complex dynamic systems. He worked as an economist for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York during the 2008 financial crisis, specifically focusing on the international aspects of the crisis and the role of the US dollar. He was previously the head of analytics at the mobile health startup Azumio, where he looked at the role of mobile apps in behavior change and health outcomes. After college, he studied biochemistry extensively, and has used those conclusions to optimize his own health and that of dozens of friends, family, and clients. He holds a degree in economics from Dartmouth College.
So-Han Fan is a biologist, tea expert, teacher and entrepreneur from Houston, Texas. His scientific work has ranged from tagging elephant seals on the beaches of California to studying freshwater cyanobacteria and agroecology. He recently returned from a two-and-a-half year internship in Chengdu, China, where he researched water management and sustainable development with the Chengdu Urban Rivers Association. He holds a degree in marine biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Senior Health Researcher
Kevin is a voracious consumer and sharer of information. He studied industrial engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. Previously he founded a genetic testing startup, and he is currently in the early stages of a pharmaceutical development and drug discovery company. He serves on the board of the Singularity Institute. His particular medical interests and areas of expertise include genetics, herbal medicine, naturopathic medicine and nutritional testing, psychiatry, and drugs of abuse.
Andrew Rettek is a Patient Manager at MetaMed. He works closely with doctors, researchers, and clients to ensure that the research being done precisely meets the clients' needs. He has worked with the Singularity Institute (now MIRI) for the past several years, helping to run the most successful Singularity Summits in SF and in NYC. He studied economics at Columbia University.
Concurrently a PhD student in philosophy of mind and neuroscience at New York University and a student at Yale Law School, Nathana O'Brien was a Fulbright Scholar in Germany and studied philosophy at the University of Chicago. She has also worked as a researcher in an immunology stem cell research lab, and in the nonprofit space combating homelessness.
Dr. Scott Siskind
Senior Health Researcher and Medical Associate
Scott Siskind, M.D. graduated with honors from University College Cork Medical School in 2012, and won the Quantified Health Prize that same year. He currently works for a nonprofit dedicated to improving human rationality. Scott has B.A.s in psychology and philosophy from Hamilton College.
Justin Alderis is an Eagle Scout who co-chaired the Princeton Philosophical Society for four years while he earned his BS degree from Princeton University, with a focus on the philosophy underlying cognitive science. Justin also spent a summer abroad studying in Kyushu University, Fukuoka Japan. As both a researcher and a client for MetaMed, Justin hopes to find answers about his orphan condition where other doctors have already given up.
Frances Soong designs icons, posters, brand identities, and interactive experiences to help companies draw personal value from new technology. Since 2008, she has provided services for Facebook Music, Grow Pittsburgh, AVON, Fidelity, and others. She graduated from Carnegie Mellon University's Communication Design program in 2012 and has since completed an internship with Qwiki—a now-mobile platform for creating interactive on-the-fly multimedia presentations. Currently, she stays busy freelancing for NYC start-ups Shopmine and MetaMed Research.
Hannah Finley is a novelist, artist, editor, and blogger who has studied philosophy and worldbuilding at Simon's Rock College, the University of Edinburgh, and University of Massachusetts. She's authored a chapter entitled "Worlds of Possibility" in the book "The Golden Compass and Philosophy", and a thesis entitled "Worlds, Games, and Canons: Re-imagining Fictional Semantics". Hannah was a Fellow of the Singularity Institute, is a member of the board of the Lifeboat Foundation, and is on retainer as a creative consultant for 3D Embodiment. She arranges and hosts weekly gatherings for local Berkeley community members interested in rationality, transhumanism, and related topics.
Dr. Lisa Korostowski
Lisa Korostowski, Ph.D is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Albert Einstein Medical College, where she is focusing on genetic alterations associated with cancer metastasis. Her graduate work was performed at the Fels Institute for Cancer Research, Temple University School of Medicine, which earned her a Ph.D in Molecular Biology and Genetics with a focus on epigenetic regulation. Lisa has presented at several national conferences and received various scholarships to do so. In addition, Lisa was the vice president of the Temple University School of Medicine Graduate Student Association, and vice president of her graduating class at Cook College, Rutgers University.
Shauna Gordon-McKeon is a freelance researcher and programmer. She received her BA from Hampshire college, where she studied psychology and endocrinology, and worked for several years as a lab manager at neuroimaging labs at the University of California-Davis and Harvard University. She is also active in the open source and open government movements.
Moses M. Feaster is a doctoral candidate in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine at the Rockefeller University. Prior to enrolling at Rockefeller, he conducted independent research in molecular, cell, and developmental biology at the Columbia University Medical Center and Sloan Kettering Institute. Moses is the recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, and his research has been supported by several grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Brooklyn College, and served as a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps, specializing in strategic data network communications. Moses also ran academic tutoring and computer literacy programs for underprivileged youths at the Boys' Club of New York.
Adam began work in biochemistry at the University of Georgia in 2005. He has performed private data analysis and literature reviews for both individuals and organizations. In 2011 he co-founded Positive Vector, a consultancy firm designed to meet the demand for personalized science in business and at home. Adam joined MetaMed to provide a depth of investigation for clients that isn’t possible in the constrained space of 21st century medicine.
Anthony is a polymath with a knack for spreading memes to change the world. He was named one of the Top 25 Bloggers in the World by TIME Magazine; holds a US patent for his "skins for credit cards"; and was dubbed "The Real Life Ferris Bueller" by SiriusXM. His work has been featured in hundreds of media outlets, including the New York Times, and several bestselling books. He writes with Forbes and the Huffington Post, and is going to outer space for science education. Anthony holds degrees in psychology and urban planning from Edinboro University and The University of Wisconsin, respectively. Anthony was once invited to the World Games for beach ultimate frisbee and can still be found throwing around San Francisco.
William F. Baur holds a B.S. in computer science from William Paterson University (on the Dean's List). As a source code developer and systems analyst, he created and perfected all of Associated Fire Protection's in-house software applications, including sophisticated scheduling and tracking systems. He created Radio Shack's General Ledger Program, and did research and development on Executone's telephone systems. As a test engineer, he maintained GTE's 3000 phone line PBX at IBM in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey.
James Babcock is an entrepreneur and full-stack software developer. Prior to working for MetaMed, he created Textcelerator, a browser plugin for speed-reading; and Go Scoring Camera, which uses computer vision to score Go games from cell phone pictures. James writes software to support MetaMed's research, website and workflows. He holds a Master's in Computer Science from Cornell University.
Dr. Christopher Jensen
Senior Medical Advisor
Born in Geneva, Switzerland, Dr. Jensen grew up in the United States and Spain. He completed undergraduate, pre-medical and post graduate education at New York University and Harvard University. He then came to the United Kingdom to complete his medical training at St. George's School of Medicine, where he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Medicine, and inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Prior to medical school, Dr. Jensen worked in investment banking for JP Morgan Securities, Swiss Banking Corp and Deutsche Bank Securities. He helped to build two financial services companies from the ground up, and advised on multiple investment banking transactions. Dr. Jensen has a keen interest in the practice of personalized medicine and its integration with complementary and holistic wellness. He currently works in Surgery and Emergency Medicine in the United Kingdom. He was awarded the Association of Clinical Pathologists Junior Doctors Prize in 2011. Dr. Jensen is also a Police Surgeon, and is trained as a Forensic Medical Examiner.