The OBR Consulting Team
Juan followed his PhD in Neurobiology at UCLA with postdoctoral training at Stanford University studying the molecular mechanism of mechanotransduction with Miriam Goodman. He currently splits his time between Stanford University and a local start-up commercializing array tomography, a high-resolution, proteomic imaging technology. Juan looks forward to coordinating engagements that create significant value for clients and provide scientists meaningful opportunities to apply their analytical and creative skills to business problems.
Łukasz Stasiak is a DPhil student in Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics at Oxford, where he is a recipient of a Wellcome Trust 4 year scholarship. He studies FTO – a fat mass and obesity associated gene. Previously, Łukasz completed a masters with a specialization in Molecular Biotechnology and Technical Biochemistry.
Jon is a final year visiting PhD student at the Weatherall Institute for Molecular Medicine, Oxford. His thesis investigates the production of blood stem cells with a view to their therapeutic use in leukemia treatment. Beyond the lab bench Jon’s passions lie in translating novel science into new treatments and diagnostic techniques to address medical needs. Jon is happiest when the Aussies are winning at cricket and the Spurs at football.
Nikola is a third year PhD student at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology and his research is focused on the biochemistry of Wnt signal transduction and its deregulation in colon cancer. He is interested in the intersection of business and science, especially in how companies use scientific innovation and business processes to deliver real impact for people.
Peter obtained a PhD from Durham University in 2012. He is currently undertaking an EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowship at the University of Manchester, focusing on the development of novel luminescent biosensors based on a combination of enzymes and rare-earth upconversion nanoparticles. Besides academic research, additional interests include science communication and consulting.
Snezana is a postdoctoral fellow at Sanford-Burnham Institute for Medical Research. She obtained her PhD at McGill University in Canada. Her research is directed towards the discovery of novel therapeutics for the treatment of cancer and inflammation. She is enthusiastic about creating opportunities for OBR members to gain consulting experience through fostering collaborative projects between academia and industry.
Monika is a postdoctoral research associate at the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute. She received her PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research aims to better understand how host innate immune signaling restricts viral infection, with the ultimate goal of identifying potential therapeutic targets. Monika is excited to foster interactions between San Diego’s academic and biotech communities through productive consulting collaborations.
Monika D. Polewski is a CIRM (California Institute of Regenerative Medicine) predoctoral fellow in the Department of Neurosciences at City of Hope’s Irell and Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences. Her research focuses on novel therapeutics for the treatment of glioma as well as neuroprotective mechanisms in neural stem cells. She is also a graduate of the Bioscience Management Certificate Program at the Keck Graduate Institute where she acquired business, finance and management education tailored toward the necessary skills needed in the life science industry. Monika has prior experience working as an independent contractor and consultant in biotech and is eager to foster fruitful relationships between academia and industry for the OBR-LA chapter.
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