About Us

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.

Meet team members

Our team of molecular biologists, engineers, educators, and designers is dedicated to the mission of making science accessible to everyone, everywhere. Meet us.

Sebastian

Zeke

Emily

Bruce

Robert

Zeke

Zeke

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

Sebastian

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

Emily

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

Bruce

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

Robert

Robert

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.

Venture partners

miniPCRTM is based at the Harvard Launch Lab, an incubator for innovative companies run by Harvard University alumni in Boston, Massachusetts.