Our Scientists, Doctors and Researchers
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.
Chairman of the Board
Jaan is one of the programmers behind Kazaa file sharing platform and a founding engineer of Skype. He is also a former member of the Estonian President's Academic Advisory Board, a partner in a seed-stage venture firm Ambient Sound Investments and a co-founder of the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk and the Future of Life Institute - research centers at the University of Cambridge and MIT that are investigating the risks and opportunities of future technologies. He holds a degree in physics from the University of Tartu.
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\rquote 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 Executive Officer
Wouter is a South African-trained physician and MIT Sloan MBA, and has worked with startups in biopharma, VC consulting, digital health and robotics. He spent two years in cross-specialty clinical practice at several Cape Town area hospitals, before moving into business - gaining extensive international experience leading business development at Pharmaplan (Pty) Ltd, a Johannesburg-based specialty biopharma distributor. If his experiences across the healthcare industry have taught him anything, it’s that the surest prescription for better healthcare is a combination therapy: medicine, technology, business, plus a human touch.
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.
Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Brenda Mathisen excels at marketing strategy and business development for companies developing unique and innovative technologies for the public good. During eight years of organizational transformation in businesses and non-profits, she has been responsible for the creation of a number of successful marketing and sales strategies for companies across the country. From her background as a Licensed Massage Therapist, Personal Trainer, and Certified Coach, Brenda focuses on designing health solutions that best fulfill our needs as human beings. She is the founder and CEO of Achieve Vitality LLC, a coaching and consulting firm focused on helping purpose-driven individuals, organizations, and communities to maximize their positive impact. She holds a degree in Quantitative Studies and Music from Bard College at Simon’s Rock. In her free time, Brenda can be found hiking, bike riding, gardening, dancing, and appreciating the simple joys in life.
Dr. Christopher Jensen
Chief Medical Officer
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.
Chief Financial Officer
David has over a decade of experience as a business planning and financial consultant. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Emerald Shield Solutions, where specializes in executive training, business management, event planning, game theory and scenario design, and is the founder of Damocles Thread Development (DTD), the parent company of Emerald Shield Solutions. Christoph was formerly the director of the Foundation for the Interactive Arts, another DTD company. Previously, he designed core programs at Amazon.com and served as the VP of Sales at Gordy Credit Solutions. He has also worked as a mortgage broker, wine broker, and an art dealer. David has degrees in anthropology and mathematics, and an MBA from the University of Delaware.
Shannon has had over twenty years of experience in administrative management and clerical work, ranging from the New York Unified Court System, T&S, Chase Manhattan and AWM, as well as working as a payroll executive for ADP. She has done extensive work with establishing and implementing back office protocols for small businesses throughout the country. She comes to us from Emerald Shield Solutions, in which she specialized in schedule maintenance and development for disaster preparation consultations.
William F. Baur
Administrator / Programmer
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.
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. James Pauff
James M. Pauff, MD, PhD is a Clinical Fellow in Medical Oncology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He has served as President and on the Board of Directors of the American Physician Scientists Association, working on organizational development and financial structure in a transition phase that included significant leadership expansion and the implementation of membership revenue. He has been an advisor to Science Careers (AAAS) during the formation and launch of the Clinical and Translational Science Network (CTSciNet). His laboratory research interests are in cancer therapeutics, where he utilizes prior research training in structural and mechanistic biochemistry. He is also engaged in translational research and clinical trials at Vanderbilt. He reviews submitted articles for publication in several chemistry journals, as well as reviewing proposals for the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory (macromolecular X-ray crystallography). Dr. Pauff completed his Internal Medicine residency training at Vanderbilt, and received his M.D. and Ph.D. from the Ohio State University.
Dr. Cara Morin
Dr. Morin received a combined MD/PhD degree from University of Maryland, School of Medicine in 2011. Her PhD was in Molecular Medicine, focusing on advanced molecular vaccine research and small animal imaging. Following completion of medical school, she completed an internship in Internal Medicine. Currently, she is Radiology Resident at University of Maryland. Her research interests include pediatric imaging and imaging data science.
Dr. Laura Baur
Chief Medical Officer
Laura Baur, M.D. is a graduate of 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. Regina Monaco
Senior Health Researcher
Regina R. Monaco, Ph.D. received her doctorate in Chemistry and Biochemistry in 1991 at the University of Texas at Austin, and is a theoretical physical chemist. Her scientific research focuses on understanding the mechanisms by which biomolecules work in living organisms. Past research has involved understanding the carotenoid (vitamin A) metabolic pathway in order to improve human health, design of small molecules and potential new drugs to interact with DNA, studying the mechanism of proteins that repair DNA, and research on understanding the dynamics (movements) of proteins. Understanding the movements of proteins assists in the design of drugs to specifically bind to the particular protein being studied. Dr. Monaco has been associated with medical departments in several major metropolitan hospitals, including Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NYU Medical Center, Brackenridge Hospital in Austin, Texas, and the UCSF Medical Center. Dr. Monaco has been helping patients understand their own medical information since 1990. The issues she has dealt with range from simple ones, such as assisting patients with understanding common diagnoses such as high cholesterol, to much more complex issues, such as patients with multiple medical diagnoses who are taking multiple medications which may possibly interact. She has assisted patients with understanding their overall medical diagnosis, personalizing their dosages of medications and/or choosing alternate medications with fewer side effects when appropriate, and making certain tests or surgeries which have been ordered for the patient are the best choice, or if there may be other choices which may be simpler, appropriate, or safer.
Dr. Lauren Barghout
Senior Health Researcher
A scientist, inventor and serial entrepreneur, Dr. Lauren Barghout holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Vision Science from the University of California at Berkeley and a Bachelors degree in Physics from Hampshire College. She is an expert in the use of fuzzy set theory in representing Visual Gestalts, and inventor of the Gestalt-based image segmentation and labeling technique that underpins the natural vision processing system used by Eyegorithm.com and other companies. Her research has contributed to the understanding of context-dependent spatial vision, spatial masking, theoretical and computational psychophysics, and the application of fuzzy set theory to human and machine vision. Lauren founded and led several companies, including Paravue Corporation in 2004 and Eyegorithm in 2010. Lauren is passionate about making cutting-edge breakthroughs in health available and understandable to a wide audience. She combines her diverse experience as an entrepreneur and an inventor with rigorous academic techniques to look for composite solutions to emerging health questions.
Dr. Simona Zompi
Senior Medical Advisor
Dr. Simona Zompi completed her Medical Doctorate and residency in hematology in Paris, France. Her clinical work focused on hematological disorders and people living with HIV. She obtained her PhD in immunology from the Institut Pasteur, an international renowned scientific institute based in Paris, France. Her scientific research focused on the immune response to infectious diseases. Her accomplishments cover NK, B and T cell biology, vaccine development, immune correlates of protection, emerging and neglected infectious diseases and global health diagnostics. Most recently, as a Project Scientist at the School of Public Health, University of California at Berkeley, she developed the Human Immunology & Dengue Virus infection research program, in collaboration with the National Virology laboratory in Managua, Nicaragua. Dr. Zompi gained public and global health experience working on HIV programs in the field in Asia and Africa, with the International NGO Medecins du Monde and as Executive Director of the Center for Global Public Health at University of California at Berkeley. She subsequently served as the Director of Research at the Center for Youth Wellness where she developed a research program focusing on the inflammatory and metabolic responses induced by adverse childhood experiences. One of the main objectives was to identify reliable and sensitive bio-markers of toxic stress that can be used in the clinical setting. She is currently an independent consultant in Immunology and Global Health and is affiliated to the Division of Experimental Medicine as Assistant Adjunct Professor at the University of California, San Francisco. Her new field of research focuses on the inflammatory and metabolic responses induced by adverse childhood experiences and toxic stress. One of the main objectives of her program is to identify reliable and sensitive bio-markers of toxic stress that can be used in the clinical setting.
Dr. David Clark
David Clark, MD is a board-certified neurologist with an interest in medical information systems. He completed his computer science degree at Texas A&M University and medical school at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Following medical school he completed his neurology residency and clinical neurophysiology fellowship at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. He has led projects in bioinformatics and digital image processing.
Dr. Janice Wiesman
Janice Wiesman, M.D. graduated with honors from Hahnemann University School of Medicine in 1989 and was inducted into AOA in her junior year. She completed a residency in Neurology at the Harvard-Longwood Neurology Training Program. Janice has a B.S. in Neuroscience from the University of Rochester. She is currently Adjunct Assistant Professor of Neurology at Boston University School of Medicine. She served as Neurology Clerkship Director and Director of the Electromyography laboratory at Boston Medical Center for 12 years.
Dr. Ananth T. Srikrishnan
Dr. Ananth T. Srikrishnan, MD is a physician with a deep interest in the subject of innovation in healthcare. He has a B.A. in Biophysical Chemistry from Dartmouth College. After completing his medical degree, he worked as a Research Fellow in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. He has conducted research on a broad variety of subjects, including immunology, oncology, and brain injury. Most recently, he has published a book chapter on traumatic brain injury; he also has co-authored papers in the field of immunology. Dr. Srikrishnan's other interests include music, entrepreneurship, international relations, and the use of technology to revolutionize healthcare and other important areas of life.
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 January 2014). 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.
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 independent 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 science and open source software communities.
Cullen So Han Fan
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.
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. Scott has B.A.s in psychology and philosophy from Hamilton College.
Dr. Jennifer Barker
Jennifer Barker, Ph.D. received her doctorate in Neuroscience in 2008 at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, and is currently a postsecondary Biology instructor. Her teaching specialities include human anatomy and physiology, as well as comparative zoology and neuroscience. Jennifer's scientific research is focused primarily on understanding the function of newly-generated neurons in the adult brain, and how hormones affect these cells and related behavior. Her research involves taking a comparative approach to deepen our understanding of biological traits that are broadly shared among species, but regulated differently across and within species.
Dr. Kristin Harper
Dr. Kristin Harper received her MPH in Global Epidemiology and PhD in Population Biology, Ecology, and Evolution from Emory University. Afterwards, she did postdoctoral work at Columbia University as a Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar and a Cancer Epidemiology fellow. She has over 30 scientific publications, including in high-profile journals such as Science, Environmental Health Perspectives, and Emerging Infectious Diseases. She has also been awarded many prestigious fellowships and grants, and her research has been covered widely in the popular press, with stories appearing in the New York Times and the Economist. Her expertise is in applying genetic and epigenetic approaches to diverse health problems. In the past she has worked on infectious diseases, prenatal determinants of later life disease, and environmental causes of cancer. One of her major interests is in combining knowledge from molecular biology and epidemiology to critically evaluate current medical interventions and formulate alternatives.
Frederica Stahl is a health information scientist focused on the transfer of knowledge through distributed systems. Most recently, Frederica ran strategy and analytics for a crowdsourced health information platform, Meddik. As a first employee her areas of focus covered strategy, analytics, and health software development. Frederica is a recipient of the Gates Scholarship for her work on the mathematical modeling of information mobility patterns. She has researched and published on conflict of interest and quality in medical practice and sciences. She holds masters degrees in Biological Anthropology and Quantitative Sciences from Cambridge and Columbia Universities, respectively.
Currently an MD/PhD candidate at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, where his research focuses on big data in healthcare. He has published new implementations of Bayesian statistics to allow whole genome evidence integration and has presented at several national conferences. Marcus concurrently received his B.S and M.S. in Biomedical Engineering at The Ohio State University in 2013, where he researched nanotechnology diagnostics for cardiovascular disease and consulted on healthcare implementation at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. He has received funding for health monitoring device development, and is interested in connecting his work in big data and health monitoring devices to provide actionable items for the Quantified Self movement.
Adam Safron is a research scientist focusing on the neural bases of preferences and motivated behavior. He received his Master’s degree in cognitive neuroscience from Northwestern University, and is currently writing manuscripts for an fMRI study of sexual orientation, which will also be his PhD thesis. Before working with Metamed, Adam has previously worked as a consultant providing business strategy within pharmaceutical and medical devices industries, as well as assisting with technical writing for clinical publications.
Andrew Snyder-Beattie is a project manager at the Future of Humanity Institute in the University of Oxford. He holds an M.S. in biomathematics and has done research in a variety of fields including astrobiology, ecology, economics and environmental risk assessment.
Shreeda Segan is an aspiring researcher from New Jersey. She goes to Rutgers University, New Brunswick, where she studies Mathematics and Philosophy as part of the honors program.
Dr. Mani SaintVictor
In search of a meaningful path to move beyond traditional drugs and psychiatry, Dr. Mani Saint-Victor is a visionary leader in applying neuroscience to real world problems. With extensive experience in psychiatry, pharmacology, and trauma, his Harvard training has led Dr. Saint-Victor to persuasive leadership innovations. His brain-slapping style of research attracts clients from around the world to actively discover how their minds work and how to think their way to success (without shame). A true polymath, he’s brought much-needed science to the fuzzy world of self-improvement, and he’s equally at ease with everyone from billionaires to Tibetan throat singers. Graduated from UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine, followed by an intense Psychiatry residency at University of Miami (the busiest psychiatric trauma center in the United States). Dr. Saint Victor is also an expert in biosemiotics.
Austin Parish is a medical student at UC San Diego School of Medicine and a researcher deeply interested in personalized medicine and interdisciplinary approaches to medical problems. He has done research in medicinal chemistry and mathematical physics, and is currently working with scientists at UC San Diego’s Moores Cancer Center, researching how to use the unique genetics of different patient’s tumors to design better targeted therapies. Austin hopes to use his training in medicine, physics and mathematics to solve novel and important problems in clinical research.