We live in a DNA world. DNA science helps develop new medicines, improve crops, solve crimes, and inform our medical choices. We believe in every person having access to DNA technologies. miniPCR opens the world of DNA science for everyone, everywhere.
Our team of molecular biologists, engineers, educators, and designers is dedicated to the mission of making science accessible to everyone, everywhere. Meet us.
Ezequiel (Zeke) Alvarez-Saavedra, Ph.D. Co-Founder. Zeke is a geneticist trained at MIT and Stanford. He has conducted biomedical research alongside two Nobel laureates and is an inventor of gene detection technologies. His work has been cited thousands of times and profiled in The New York Times, National Public Radio and the BBC. In his spare time, Zeke digs soil in search of new species (one so far!) zeke @ minipcr
Sebastian Kraves, Ph.D. Co-Founder. Sebastian is a molecular neurobiologist trained at Harvard. Previously he was a Principal with The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), where he helped make biomedical technology accessible to low-resource settings for global health. As a neuroscientist, Sebastian has published widely cited work on neural circuits and the genetic regulation of behavior. Sebastian dreamed of becoming a biologist at age 12 after reading Darwin’s Voyage of the Beagle. seb @ minipcr
Emily Gleason, Ph.D. Director of Educational Initiatives and Engagement. Her main focus is the Genes in Space contest. Emily received her Ph.D. in Biology from Harvard University before pursuing her passion for science education as a member of the Curriculum Fellows Program at Harvard Medical School. Through her work Emily hopes to inspire everyone to release their inner scientist. emily @ minipcr
Bruce Bryan, M.S., is our Director of Curriculum. Bruce was trained at Brown University as an evolutionary geneticist working with Drosophila before becoming a high school teacher. As a teacher, Bruce brings a range of experience, having taught in underprivileged city schools as well as in suburban classrooms. He has taught all levels of biology including Human Physiology and Advanced Placement - his students achieving an over 90% passing rate on the AP Biology test. In his spare time, Bruce is a not-too-avid rock climber, rather poor banjo player, and occasionally tries to juggle things. bruce @ minipcr
Yuan Tian, Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering and Master of Operations Analytics and Management from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). Yuan has a longstanding interest in biology, science, and technology and is passionate about solving challenges in operations and logistics.
Robert Dennison, M.Ed. has taught biology in public schools for 40 years. He has been an AP Biology consultant for the College Board since 1995 and has presented at national and international conferences. He was a featured speaker at annual conventions of the National Association of Biology Teachers where he appeared in character as Charles Darwin. Robert served as president of the Texas Association of Biology Teachers in 2003 and on the NABT Board of Directors from 2009-2011. He has won numerous teaching awards, including the NABT Outstanding Biology Teacher award, the TABT Honorary Life Membership award, and the O’Donnell Texas AP Teacher award.
Ami Diner, M.Eng., Head of Product Design. Ami is an Industrial Designer trained at Tel Aviv University and Tufts. Prior to joining miniPCR, Ami was Chief Designer at Sterilite Corporation, and Sr. Industrial Designer at Stanley Black and Decker. When he is not thinking about ways to revolutionize lab equipment he loves to spend time with his family hiking around the world.
Gladys Matava, M.A., has worked in Project Management in different sectors including NGO, UN and the private sector. Gladys received her training in International Development and Economics from the University of South Africa and Brandeis. In her previous roles, Gladys has led business operations strategy and has taken the lead in designing innovative and cost-effective solutions for businesses. In her spare time, Gladys loves to travel and has lived in three countries.
Dilli Paudyal graduated in Botany from Nepal and received further training in Molecular Biology in the Republic of Korea. He worked in assessing host-pathogen interactions and symptoms development in citrus leaves and has a keen interest in disease diagnostic. Dilli enjoys hiking in high altitudes, especially in the base of the Himalayas.
miniPCRTM is based at the Harvard Launch Lab, an incubator for innovative companies run by Harvard University alumni in Boston, Massachusetts.
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