Our Mission Our Mission
We Empower the World's Scientists to Run More Successful Experiments to Accelerate Drug Discovery
Backed by Gradient Ventures, Google’s AI-focused venture fund, and built by life scientists for life scientists, BenchSci is the world leader in AI-assisted antibody selection. With a 50% failure rate, inappropriate antibodies waste millions of research dollars and delay novel therapies by months. BenchSci’s AI solves this problem by reading biomedical papers like a PhD biologist to understand which antibodies have been successfully used in which experiments. Unlike traditional antibody search tools, BenchSci uses proprietary machine learning, bioinformatics ontologies, image recognition technologies, filters, and a figure-centric interface to enable rapid selection of experiment-specific antibodies. This reduces the cost of consumables and increases the impact of scientific research for more than 26,000 users at more than 2,000 academic institutions and 15 of the top 20 pharmaceutical companies that trust BenchSci to guide their experiment design.

The BenchSci Team

Operations
Operations
Liran Belenzon
Liran Belenzon
CEO and Co-founder
Liran Belenzon
Liran Belenzon
CEO and Co-founder

Liran has an MBA from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

Prior to pursuing his MBA, Liran was a founder and CEO of a B2B e-commerce start-up in Israel. In his previous role as CEO, Liran negotiated an equity investment in which Globes, Israel’s largest business daily, acquired a 50% stake of the company.

The company grew to become the leading B2B marketplace in Israel before selling in 2015. Liran served as an army commander in the Israel Defense Forces for a period of three years. He also holds a degree in Law and Commerce from the Interdisciplinary Center in Herziliya, Israel.

In his spare time Liran likes watching Rocky movies, reading books about successful entrepreneurs, cooking middle eastern food and going on canoe trips.

Shelby Reaburn
Shelby Reaburn
Operations Manager
Shelby Reaburn
Shelby Reaburn
Operations Manager

Shelby has a BSc in Biology with a minor in Psychology from Carleton University.

Her past experience includes administrative work in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Ottawa Hospital and a not-for-profit organization that supports families of individuals with developmental disabilities. She is excited to join the BenchSci team and support the innovative work they do.

Outside of work you can find her looking for live local music, enjoying an outdoor adventure or cooking for friends.

Bryn Knox
Bryn Knox
Head of Finance
Bryn Knox
Bryn Knox
Head of Finance

Bryn has a BCom from Rotman Commerce at the University of Toronto and holds the CPA, CMA designation.

Prior to joining BenchSci, Bryn was Sr. Manager of Finance at Wave, a leader in cloud based small business financial software, where he helped manage rapid growth while continuously improving financial processes and insights. Bryn is always looking for new challenges and how to expand his expertise with a focus on providing financial intelligence to drive growth.

Outside of work, Bryn loves to read about all things technology, innovation, and leadership, watch documentary films or catch up on the latest comedy, run cooking experiments to try out all sorts of food types, enjoy the outdoors during the summer by walking through the city or jumping in a lake up north at a cottage, and in the winter you’ll most likely find him riding down the side of a hill on a snowboard.

Rasheed Ahmed
Rasheed Ahmed
Head of Delivery
Rasheed Ahmed
Rasheed Ahmed
Head of Delivery

Rasheed graduated from Ryerson University with a BComm in Information Technology Management with a minor in Marketing.

Before joining BenchSci, Rasheed worked in a marketing agency managing and augmenting cross-regional Pharmaceutical portfolios. He architected solutions and processes for issues and inefficiencies with a client-centric approach in a heavily regulated industry. Rasheed has also taught courses on Program management and innovative thinking at Youth University for Political Science in Beijing. His passion for Pharma industry and innovation began when he worked with World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in streamlining their dope testing workflow.

His passions outside of work are theatre and art shows, riding his motorcycle and bouldering.

Roald Harvey
Roald Harvey
Head of People and Culture
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Roald Harvey
Head of People and Culture

Roald has a Specialization in Psychology from the University of Toronto and a Masters of Business Administration with a specialization in Human Resources Management from Brock University. He also is a current member of the HRPA and possesses the CHRL designation.

Prior to joining BenchSci, Roald was the Sr. Manager of Human Resources at Top Hat, a company which produces an active learning technology that helps professors easily engage students and build comprehension. During this time, Roald developed HR solutions to drive the organization’s strategy. Prior to Top Hat, Roald spent 8 years with Rogers Communications Partnership in HR and corporate strategy capacities.

Outside of work, Roald loves to read non-fiction or watch documentaries. He loves to travel and be in the outdoors when he can, but you can also find him cooking, wood-working or playing the occasional video game.

Growth & Sales
Growth & Sales
Simon Smith
Simon Smith
Chief Growth Officer
Simon Smith
Simon Smith
Chief Growth Officer

Simon has a Bachelor of Journalism from Ryerson University and a Master of Arts in the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology from the University of Toronto.

Simon has spent 17 years straddling business strategy, marketing and technology in life-science-focused startups and agencies. Immediately prior to BenchSci, he led digital marketing initiatives for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies as SVP, Strategy with Klick Health. He’s passionate about (and a bit obsessed with) scaling innovative solutions to meaningful problems.

Outside work, Simon devours books and articles on business strategy, personal effectiveness, technological innovation and similar light subjects; writes about artificial intelligence, automation and its implications; hacks code (current focus: text generation with neural networks); hacks biology (current focus: life extension); hacks psychology (current focus: meditation); and tries to continuously cultivate a sense of wonder by seeing the world through the eyes of his two young children.

Jeremy Seath
Jeremy Seath
Director, Product
Jeremy Seath
Jeremy Seath
Director, Product

Jeremy has a Bachelors of Arts degree from Trinity College at the University of Toronto.

Since 2012, Jeremy has helped pharmaceutical and medtech clients leverage data to develop marketing strategies and implement operational changes. In his most recent role as Director, Strategy at Klick Health, Jeremy led a team responsible for designing, executing, and iterating on marketing initiatives for large pharmaceutical companies in the US and Europe. He has also helped his clients to implement and leverage new platforms designed to improve marketing effectiveness and efficiency. Jeremy is constantly looking for ways to fuel his passion for applying innovative technologies to meaningful problems in healthcare, which is what brought him to BenchSci.

If you catch Jeremy outside of work, he’s likely consuming a new podcast on business, society or technology, planning his next road trip (potentially on his motorcycle), or obsessing about the current state of his beloved Toronto Raptors.

Diane Doran
Diane Doran
Sr. Manager, Customer Success
Diane Doran
Diane Doran
Sr. Manager, Customer Success
Diane has an MSc in Cognitive Science of Language from McMaster University, and a BA in Linguistics from the University of Western Ontario.

Most recently before coming to BenchSci, Diane worked as a Digital Strategist at a leading marketing agency where she helped pharmaceutical clients to evolve the digital presence of their major brands, and find innovative ways to support their patients.

In her spare time, you might find Diane checking out live music or comedy, working on her tree pose, or tweeting unsolicited product improvement feedback to the makers of apps and websites that frustrate her.
Maurice Shen
Maurice Shen
Head of Academic Relations
Maurice Shen
Maurice Shen
Head of Academic Relations

Maurice obtained his PhD. in Pharmacology from the University of Toronto in 2015. His thesis examined the physiological role of a novel dopamine receptor complex, the D1-D2 heteromer, in drug addiction and depression-related behaviours, as well as the associated neuroadapatations.

Maurice believes that the current research process can be greatly complemented by the recent advance in machine learning technology. He is dedicated to building a digital research tool that can benefit the scientific community as a whole by speaking to researchers and incorporating their needs into BenchSci.

Outside of work, Maurice is passionate about singing, particularly rock & roll. He has entered singing competitions twice. He also enjoys watching thriller and mystery movies. For outdoor activities Maurice likes to go hiking and biking in the summer, while during winter he loves snowboarding.

Stephanie Prezioso
Stephanie Prezioso
Scientific Liaison
Stephanie Prezioso
Stephanie Prezioso
Scientific Liaison

Stephanie has a PhD in Cell and Systems Biology from the University of Toronto. Her research investigated the functions of a diverse family of enzymes involved in bacterial metabolism and how these metabolic pathways are regulated at the transcriptional level.

After her PhD, she worked as a Freelance Scientific Writer, Editor, and Publication Support Specialist. During this time, she also assisted with the start of a not-for-profit company, eParliament, that makes academic research more accessible to the general public. She is enthusiastic about science communication, and can’t wait to tell you all about BenchSci and its applications!

In her free time, Stephanie practices circus arts, including aerial silks and partner balancing. When she isn’t dangling from the rafters, she enjoys travelling, playing a good board game, pyrography, and painting. Using these creative skills, she prepared a dance explaining her PhD research, which made the finals of the international Dance Your PhD competition: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkWe1OtDlb8&t=2s

Simona Principe
Simona Principe
Scientific Liaison
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Simona Principe
Scientific Liaison

Simona has a PhD in Immuno-Pharmacology from the University of Palermo in Italy. Prior to joining Benchsci, she worked as a Scientific Associate at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre where her research focused on advanced proteomic technologies for cancer biomarker discovery by using mass spectrometry.

After spending 15 years at the bench, Simona is fascinated about exploring opportunities in science communications. She is passionate about accelerating biomedical research, drug discovery and enthusiastic about promoting BenchSci to the scientific community.

Outside of work you can find her at the gym! She is a certified group fitness instructor and eager to teach new BodyCombat and Barre classes to her members.

Matan Berson
Matan Berson
Head of User Experience
Matan Berson
Matan Berson
Head of User Experience

Matan has a Master’s in Biomedical Communications from the University of Toronto where he learned how to best design visuals and interactive apps for use in the biomedical sciences.

Prior to moving to Toronto for his Master’s degree, Matan completed a BSc in Biology at the University of British Columbia. The countless hours he spent in Vancouver and Taiwan trying to produce immunohistochemistry slides and western blots has made him appreciate the challenging job research scientists have. Marrying his backgrounds in science and design, he aims to make the BenchSci platform a delight to use.

In his spare time, Matan likes to learn about virtual and augmented reality, illustrate, and eat delicious pizza.

Ashley Fong
Ashley Fong
Product Designer
Ashley Fong
Ashley Fong
Product Designer

Ashley has a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design from OCAD U where she aimed to create work that opened discussions and debates about the kind of future people want.

Prior to joining BenchSci, Ashley has worked at a design agency and one of the leading e-commerce companies in North America. She is experienced in brand development and working collaboratively across teams to deliver nationwide campaigns. Through her experience in mapping user journeys and designing responsive digital experiences, she’s quickly grasped the importance of user-focused design processes.

When she’s not designing, you can find her at rock climbing gyms, ceramic studios, or on some slope with her snowboard.

Luigi Gentile
Luigi Gentile
VP of Enterprise Sales
Luigi Gentile
Luigi Gentile
VP of Enterprise Sales

Luigi has a Honours Bachelor of Science Specialist Degree in Human Biology, a Master of Science Degree in Physiology and a Collaborative Master's in Neuroscience, all from the University of Toronto.

Luigi had spent over 15 years building and leading commercial teams in start-up, SME and large multinational life science, healthcare and IT businesses. He has been recognized as a top sales and marketing leader, including at GE Healthcare where he held the roles of Executive Director of a Global Innovation Center for Digital Pathology, National Sales and Marketing Leader for Healthcare IT, as well as the Client Solutions Director for the Canadian Healthcare business.

Prior to industry, Luigi spent 10 years in biomedical research where he focused on psychopharmaceutical clinical trials, computational neuroscience, medical biophysics of Alzheimer's disease, and specialized in the electrophysiology of neurotransmitter release.

Outside work Luigi will likely be found indulging in his passions for rocking out on guitar, shooting something with a camera and traveling the world with his young family.

Ryan Breakey
Ryan Breakey
Account Executive
Ryan Breakey
Ryan Breakey
Account Executive

Ryan has a BSc in Biology & a Minor in Business from Trent University, as well as a Project Management Certification from the University of Toronto.

Prior to joining BenchSci, Ryan managed late phase pharmaceutical development projects with Patheon and was an Account Executive with the Healthcare & Life Science team at Salesforce. Ryan is passionate about creating amazing customer experiences and is committed to making certain BenchSci customers are wildly happy.

Outside of work, Ryan loves the outdoors, enjoying snowboarding in the winter and triathlons in the summer. Ryan also enjoys competing in public speaking competitions and is always thinking of his next travel destination.

Mark Kostove
Mark Kostove
Account Executive
Mark Kostove
Mark Kostove
Account Executive

Mark has a BSc in Biochemistry from McGill University, as well as an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

Prior to completing his MBA, Mark worked as an entrepreneur, running a service contracting business and then a business coaching and leadership development company. During his Master's he became passionate about the intersection of technology and healthcare, combining his love for science with his affinity for business. Since his degree he has worked as a project manager for Fio, running multiple Malaria programs in Africa, and in sales at League, a company working to disrupt the health insurance and corporate wellness space.

Outside of his professional life, Mark enjoys getting exercise and playing sports, namely basketball, Ultimate Frisbee, and wakeboarding. He also loves camping, travel (he’s been on every continent except for Antarctica), and cooking.

John Mate
John Mate
Sr. Enterprise Sales Executive
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John Mate
Sr. Enterprise Sales Executive

John has a Bachelor of Science degree from Towson University in Towson, Maryland.

John has worked in the biomedical/STEM information industry since 2000 delivering SaaS-based enterprise wide information solutions to Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology and Medical Device markets. Prior to joining BenchSci, he held executive sales leadership roles at Wolters Kluwer Health, Elsevier’s Clinical Solutions and Gale/Cengage Learning. Recognized as an expert in large account management, he is known for his is dedication to his customers and truly enjoys helping them find solutions to their most challenging business problems.

Outside of work John enjoys spending time on the Chesapeake Bay with his wife and yellow lab. When not on a boat or beach, he can be found getting his hands dirty in the yard and garden, or working on a Harry Homeowner project.

Samantha Dimitriou
Samantha Dimitriou
Marketing Manager
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Samantha Dimitriou
Marketing Manager

Samantha has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Media, Information and Technoculture from the University of Western Ontario.

Prior to joining BenchSci, Samantha worked at multiple advertising agencies where she specialized in digital marketing. It was in 2014 when she landed her job at Klick Health that she developed a passion for the healthcare industry and learning how digital marketing could be used within the industry. She is excited to further explore her love of healthcare and marketing together at BenchSci.

In her spare time, you can find Samantha at the gym or on the soccer field.

Lindsay Murphy
Lindsay Murphy
Analytics Manager
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Lindsay Murphy
Analytics Manager

Lindsay has a BSc in Psychology and a general in Biology from Queen's University, and is currently completing a Certificate of Data Science from the University of Toronto.

Lindsay has worked in the digital analytics space over the past 7 years, using analytics to answer strategic business questions across various clients and verticals at marketing agencies, and more recently driving digital transformation at a top 10 pharmaceutical company. She's excited to join the BenchSci team and uncover insights to ensure the platform delivers maximum value to its users.

Outside of work her interests include enjoying Canada's two seasons (snowboarding season and patio season), hot yoga, and crossing the street just to pet someone's dog.

Anup Mukerjee
Anup Mukerjee
Sr. Enterprise Sales Executive
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Anup Mukerjee
Sr. Enterprise Sales Executive

Anup has a Bachelor of Science in BioChemical Engineering from Rutgers University and a Master of Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University.

Anup has spent 20 years in Life Sciences at IQVIA, holding various roles in Marketing, Technology Sales and Strategic Account Management. During his tenure, he he managed the continuum of clients clients in across Top 5 Pharma, Biotech and Emerging BioPharma companies.

When he is not working with clients, Anup spends his time cooking, traveling with his family, coaching his 2 sons in basketball and playing with his two lab retrievers.

Alice Coe Vieira
Alice Vieira
Marketing Designer
Alice Coe Vieira
Alice Vieira
Marketing Designer

Alice has a Bachelor degree in Visual Arts from the University of State of Sao Paulo in Brazil, and a Web Design diploma from Durham College.

Her career as a graphic designer started in the publishing industry where she focused on digital publishing for mobile devices, working for a number of companies and clients. After that she got introduced to the vast universe of marketing and expanded her skills to other channels, such as print and web.

When she’s not working, you can find Alice crafting miniature scenes, browsing Netflix, playing video games, practicing archery (her most recent hobby) and cooking her favourite Brazilian treats.

Steve
Steve Morris
Sr. Enterprise Sales Executive
Steve
Steve Morris
Sr. Enterprise Sales Executive

Steve has a BSc (MCL Honors) in Chemistry and Psychology from Central Michigan University.

Before joining BenchSci, Steve worked for CAS for 25 years in field and sales management roles.  Steve was part of the early development and accomplished the first sale of SciFinder. During the last 10 years at CAS, Steve created and managed the Strategic Account team, who worked with and supported the largest accounts in Pharma, Chemical, and Government in the US and Canada.  

Outside of work, Steve spends his time staying engaged with his family, chasing new craft beers and breweries, and reading/watching Science Fiction.

Chad
Chad Malek
Head of Business Development
Chad
Chad Malek
Head of Business Development

Chad has an MBA from the Dauch College of Business, Ashland University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Akron.  

Over the past 14 years, Chad has been acknowledged as a sales professional and leader helping healthcare, IT and clinical trial software companies achieve their commercial goals.  As an accomplished Sales Executive and National Account Leader at GE Healthcare, Chad was recognized as the #1 sales executive in back to back years and received the Commercial Hero Award, a global designation provided by the CEO.  

Prior to joining BenchSci, Chad served as the Global Vice President of ERT’s imaging business where he helped  develop and lead the business to ~50% YoY growth.  ERT is the market leader in global technology a data centralization for pharmaceutical & biotech companies.  

Outside of work Chad spends his time woodworking, reading & working out.  

Amanda
Amanda Barber
Customer Success Manager
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Amanda Barber
Customer Success Manager
Amanda has a MSc in Biomedical Science and a BSc in Molecular Biology, both from the University of Guelph. For her Masters thesis, she studied the role of DNA mismatch repair mechanisms in the susceptibility of various cancer types to chemotherapeutics. Her own experiences at the bench make her truly passionate about BenchSci's mission.
 
Prior to working at BenchSci, Amanda worked at Top Hat, an educational technology company. There, she worked with a set of Top Hat's institutional-level partners to drive value and support use of the platform on campus. She also spent 5 years at Thermo Fisher Scientific, supporting academic and biotech life science researchers in Toronto, as well as across the northeast United States.
 
Outside of work, Amanda enjoys cooking and baking, tinkering with computers and technology, and checking out live comedy shows.
Engineering
Engineering
David Q Chen
David Q Chen
CTO, Dir. of A.I., Co-founder
David Q Chen
David Q Chen
CTO, Dir. of A.I., Co-founder

David obtained his PhD in neuroimaging and BSc in Computer Science from the University of Toronto.

His research focuses on gaining new insight into brain chronic pain neurophysiology and pushing the boundaries of diffusion MRI tractography by pushing toward large populations and clinical deployment. Thus, he is familiar with high-dimensional data, and new ways of applying insights from the brain into deep learning algorithms for automation and prediction with commercial applications.

In his spare time, his life revolves around neuroscience, computer science, and martial arts. He develops Android apps, obsessing over 3D printers, and daydreaming about horse-back Asiatic archery.

Asaf Inger
Asaf Inger
VP of Engineering
Asaf Inger
Asaf Inger
VP of Engineering

Asaf has an MBA from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, and a BA in Computer Science from the Interdisciplinary Center in Herziliya, Israel.

Prior to joining BenchSci, Asaf managed software and digital teams at healthcare and technology companies in Toronto and Israel. Most recently, he was at Klick Health, leading digital projects for several large pharmaceutical companies. Asaf also served as a commander in the Israeli Intelligence Corps. Having collaborated in numerous team settings, Asaf is passionate about team building and developing processes that are agile and best suited for the team. He has always had an interest in human-computer interactions and joined BenchSci because he is driven to build a great product that is optimized for functionality and usability, and to help address a major need in the scientific community.

Outside of work, Asaf loves discovering new travel destinations, hiking, basketball and different types of juggling.

Thiago Goncales
Thiago Goncales
Director of Engineering, Platform
Thiago Goncales
Thiago Goncales
Director of Engineering, Platform

Thiago has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto.

Prior to BenchSci, he worked as a Full Stack Developer at Top Hat for three years, with the last two as a Lead developer for their Marketplace and Content initiatives. Thiago believes you are only as good as your team and excellent teamwork is what builds great companies. He is also very interested in building highly maintainable code, and in how to deliver ambitious projects on time without dropping quality.

In his free time, he is either watching the Brazilian Soccer League, playing Magic or going to metal concerts.

Anvar Gazizov
Anvar Gazizov
Senior Full Stack Engineer (Tech Lead)
Anvar Gazizov
Anvar Gazizov
Senior Full Stack Engineer (Tech Lead)

Anvar completed a BSc in Computer Science with a minor in psychology at Carleton.

Before BenchSci, Anvar worked as a software engineer in a three-person team developing a cognitive exercise and assessment program based on MOCA (Montreal Cognitive Assessment). He is passionate about software development, human-computer interaction and understanding the increasingly complex relationship between technology and its consumers.

Outside of work, Anvar loves public speaking and humour. He is also a stand-up comedian, and has performed his act at large Canadian clubs such as Yuk Yuk’s and Absolute Comedy. Anvar has been very active in developing the comedy community by producing shows as well as an online competition.

Wisam Zaghal
Wisam Zaghal
Senior Full Stack Engineer
Wisam Zaghal
Wisam Zaghal
Senior Full Stack Engineer

Wisam has a Bachelor of Computing (Honours) in Software Design from Queen's University.

Prior to working at BenchSci, Wisam worked in the sport-tech space, leading the development of a mobile app that helps Crossfit users quantify and measure their training. He is passionate about writing code that delivers business value, being agile, and promoting processes that help create high performing teams.

In his spare time, Wisam is powerlifting at the gym, going to local rock/metal concerts or cooking up a feast at home.

Rick Jia
Rick Jia
Full Stack Engineer
Rick Jia
Rick Jia
Full Stack Engineer

Rick completed his Bachelor of Applied Science and Engineering from the University of Toronto.

Rick’s previous experience includes working at mobile software start ups and building websites. He wishes to learn and apply the newest technologies to build infrastructures, which he hopes will eventually better serve ourselves as a species.

In his spare time, Rick enjoys the act of creating things; whether it be apps, websites, food or drawing. He also practices martial arts.

Luke Pereira
Luke Pereira
Full Stack Engineer
Luke Pereira
Luke Pereira
Full Stack Engineer

Luke is completing his BSc in Computer Science and Mathematics at the University of Toronto.

Luke became interested in math at an early age and began programming in C and Python soon after. Since then, he has written many, many lines of code for websites, applications, and microcontrollers and aspires to create technologies that will help as many people as possible. He is particularly interested in abstract algebra, graph theory, group theory, information security, and machine learning.

When not writing code, Luke enjoys writing and playing music, making art, and watching movies.

Erica Pisani
Erica Pisani
Senior Full Stack Engineer
Erica Pisani
Erica Pisani
Senior Full Stack Engineer
Erica received her Bachelor’s Degree in Software Engineering from the University of Guelph.

Prior to BenchSci, she was part of the Accounts Receivables and API teams at Wave, a leader in cloud based small business financial software.

When she’s not busy playing around with code, she’s out backcountry camping, rock climbing, or trying to improve her BJJ skills.
Aaron Gabow
Aaron Gabow
Director of Engineering, Data & DevOps
Aaron Gabow
Aaron Gabow
Director of Engineering, Data & DevOps

Aaron has spent his career in the dual worlds of biology and programming. Before joining BenchSci, he was working on managing the data flow from a sequencing centre core to investigators at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. His Masters works examined graph-theoretic approaches to protein interaction visualization. At Brown University, he completed an ScB in neuroscience and ABs in philosophy and computer science.

BenchSci is exactly the sort of work he looks for — creatively applying technology to help people. Its particular mission of making biology run better captures what he has been thinking about for over a decade.

In his spare time, he eats and runs. It’s a cycle.

Lenny Morayniss
Lenny Morayniss
Senior Data Engineer
Lenny Morayniss
Lenny Morayniss
Senior Data Engineer

Before BenchSci, Lenny was a software developer, and eventual principal developer, at Cyclica Inc. for nearly five years, where he developed cloud applications to digitally screen drugs and proteins for potential interactions. As he discovered how just how challenging good science in biology is, Lenny has become driven to building tools to improve accountability and accuracy for researchers around the globe.


Outside the office, Lenny maintains Styn, a python library for simple build scripts. He also likes to climb rocks, play and design board and video games, and catch up on sleep.

 
Jason Tang
Jason Tang
Senior Data Engineer (Tech Lead)
Jason Tang
Jason Tang
Senior Data Engineer (Tech Lead)
Jason has a BASc in Systems Engineering from the University of Waterloo.

Before BenchSci, Jason spent several years in consulting building the backend for sonnet.ca, and also in data engineering for pricing optimization software. He always wanted to apply himself towards a worthwhile and impactful problem, so it was a no-brainer joining BenchSci.

While unfortunately not very fit yet, Jason spends his off-hours training in CrossFit, producing electronic music, and recreating classic Star Wars scenes with Lego.
Boris Sitsker
Boris Sitsker
Senior Data Engineer
Boris Sitsker
Boris Sitsker
Senior Data Engineer

Boris received his Bachelor's Degree in Computer Information Science from the University of Guelph in 2006 where he studied computer science fundamentals as well as AI, graphics, and networking.

He worked at Symantec for over four years where he built tools for distributed systems, monitoring platforms, and Linux operators. He debugged problems in production systems while on-call as well as placing first in a hackathon.

Boris has experience in building automated testing frameworks across a multitude of domains including aerospace and defense (Aversan & Honeywell), rail (Thales), advertising (EyeReturn), and healthcare (PointClickCare.) While at PointClickCare, Boris participated in a hackathon and received the “I can’t believe that sh*t works award” for creating a 3D virtualization of a long-term-care living facility.

Outside of software development, Boris enjoys losing at video games to his 8-year-old daughter and reading about quantum physics.

Abtin
Abtin Ghods
Full Stack Engineer
Abtin
Abtin Ghods
Full Stack Engineer

Abtin has a BSc in Information Technology & Computer Science from Eastern Mediterranean University in Cyprus. 

Before joining BenchSci he was spending his time designing, prototyping an idea he had for a mobile app which he decided not to go forward with after user testing. He has been a software developer for the past 12 years, the last few years of which he has been focused on web apps frontend. He is passionate about clean, maintainable and scalable code with a soft spot for design system or any system that optimizes scalability and productivity. 

Outside of work, he likes playing soccer, board games and poker. Enjoys reading philosophical books, mostly about inner workings of human. Wonders about the reality of life here and there. He loves meditating and he is learning guitar.

Jasmine
Jasmine Alkin
Data Engineer
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Jasmine Alkin
Data Engineer

Jasmine completed a BSc in Life Science at McMaster University, focusing on genetics and molecular biology.

Enamoured with science but armed with the problems researchers face when it comes to data quality and quantity, she proceeded into a career in Data Engineering with the goal of applying the knowledge and skills into science . BenchSci is exactly the kind of place she was looking for - science and technology working together to improve research. She is a big fan of the open science movement, and helped kickstart a community lab in Toronto.

In her spare time Jasmine creates small toys, plays music, rock climbs and reads. Talk to her about cats, old science equipment, golang, rock climbers, or genetics.

Science
Science
Casandra Mangroo
Casandra Mangroo
Head of Science
Casandra Mangroo
Casandra Mangroo
Head of Science

Casandra is concluding her PhD in Virology with the Department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathobiology at the University of Toronto. Her thesis examines the unique entry mechanism of human enteric adenoviruses, which is important for the future development of these viruses as vectors for gene therapy.

Having been at the bench recently herself, Casandra appreciates the fact that sifting through the literature to find the appropriate reagents for experiments can be a rate-limiting step. She joined the BenchSci team because she believes in the enormous potential of this platform to accelerate research in the scientific community.

In her spare time, Casandra likes to maintain an active lifestyle in the form of hiking, yoga and high intensity interval training. She also loves to travel, learn about different cultures, and embark on photography adventures.

Cristina Ramos Pérez
Cristina Ramos Pérez
Sr. Scientific Associate
Cristina Ramos Pérez
Cristina Ramos Pérez
Sr. Scientific Associate

Cristina has a PhD in Biomedical Sciences and recently worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Toronto.

As a cell and molecular biologist, Cristina is passionate about microscopy, and her PhD addressed the consequences of a failed mitotic division through live cell imaging and DNA combing. After 9 years at the bench, Cristina joined the BenchSci team driven by the idea of making scientific research more efficient due to the great amount of valuable scientific data that easily gets unnoticed.

Outside of work, Cristina spends her free time playing video games, listening to music and playing the piano. She also loves nature and travelling.

Laurence Tessier
Laurence Tessier
Scientific Associate
Laurence Tessier
Laurence Tessier
Scientific Associate

Laurence has a BSc in Agronomie from Laval University, as well as a MSc in Biomedical Sciences and a PhD in Pathobiology from the University of Guelph.

Laurence’s PhD research focused on better understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying the development of severe asthma in horses using high-throughput RNA sequencing, pathway and network analysis, and a variety of protein detection techniques. Laurence experienced first-hand the challenges of finding antibodies to advance companion animal research and is passionate about exploring methods to make research more efficient, comprehensive, and inclusive.

Outside of work, Laurence can often be found rock climbing, hiking, watching a movie at home, reading about evolutionary biology, or spoiling her beloved dachshund.

Megan Lewicki
Megan Lewicki
Scientific Analyst
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Megan Lewicki
Scientific Analyst

Megan has a HBSc in Biochemistry and Immunology from the University of Toronto and is currently finishing her PhD in Medical Biophysics, also at the University of Toronto.

Megan's doctoral research uses a variety of proteomic and genomic techniques to understand the relationship between a post-translational modification (Small Ubiquitin-like MOdifier/SUMO), and transcriptional regulation, with the longterm goal of improving the efficiency of chemotherapeutic treatments. While Megan was pursuing her doctoral research she spent countless hours searching for reagents and it is as a result of that experience that she believes the work BenchSci does will make a positive impact on scientific research. Outside of the office

Megan is a competitive rower who also enjoys skiing and hiking with her energetic australian shepherd. Megan’s other hobbies include playing the piano, baking, and learning new things.

Deborah Ng
Deborah Ng
Scientific Analyst
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Deborah Ng
Scientific Analyst

Deborah is finishing her PhD in the Department of Medical Biophysics at the University of Toronto. Her work focused on the characterization of the ubiquitin conjugating enzymes by using mass spectrometry-based techniques and CRISPR-Cas9 dropout screens.

Prior to her PhD, she completed an MSc in stem cell biology from McMaster University and a BMSc from Western University in biochemistry and cell biology. After 10 years at the lab bench, she is excited to join the BenchSci team and contribute back to the scientific community! 

In her spare time, she enjoys watching movies and finding random new things to do or events to attend.

Pratiek Matkar
Pratiek Matkar
Reagent Specialist
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Pratiek Matkar
Reagent Specialist
Pratiek has a PhD from the University of Toronto, where he deciphered the mechanisms of fibrosis in pancreatic cancer. Prior to his PhD, Pratiek completed an MSc from Pune, India where he majored in Biotechnology with a focus on microbiology and cancer research.

During his PhD, Pratiek became passionate about cutting-edge technologies in research and developed a keen interest in startups. To transition to the business world, Pratiek completed the miniMBA program at the University of Toronto and worked as a consultant prior to joining BenchSci.

In his spare time, Pratiek loves to travel, take pictures, and eat delicious food.
Research & Development
Research & Development
Tom Leung
Tom Leung
CSO and Co-founder
Tom Leung
Tom Leung
CSO and Co-founder

Tom completed his MSc in Virology and PhD in Epigenetics at the University of Toronto.

For his PhD thesis, he investigated the molecular mechanism of repressive genetic bookmarking during cellular division and the potential application of reversing these bookmarks as alternative cancer therapeutic approaches. As a molecular biology research scientist, Tom experienced first hand the inefficient organization of biomedical publications.

Tom is very passionate about the development of a solution to better organize the vast amount of data in scientific literature in order to bring the most relevant information to scientists to facilitate the next big biomedical breakthrough.

Elvis Wianda
Elvis Wianda
CDO and Co-founder
Elvis Wianda
Elvis Wianda
CDO and Co-founder

Elvis has a BSc in Biochemistry, MSc in Electrical & Computer Engineering, and is now culminating his PhD thesis in the Department of Medical Biophysics at the University of Toronto.

His research focused on signal processing of multi–dimensional neuroimaging data from Electroencephalography (EEG), Magnetoencephalography (MEG) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). He has successfully developed cutting-edge software algorithms and statistical tools for improving time-series analyses of signal detection. He also completed his MSc thesis in ultrasound sensor programming.

He is also skilled in front-end development having single-handedly designed, coded and launched the new Life Science Career Development Society (WWW.LSCDS.ORG) website and built a graphical user interface (GUI) for MEG.

Anshuman Sahoo
Anshuman Sahoo
Machine Learning Engineer
Anshuman Sahoo
Anshuman Sahoo
Machine Learning Engineer

Anshu has a Bsc in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Bioengineering from University of Toronto and a Machine Learning nanodegree from Udacity.

His experience includes working at companies like Analog Devices, as well as research experience in labs such as the Multimedia Lab, Humanistic Intelligence Lab at UofT and Bhabha Atomic Research Center in India. He has worked on some interesting projects like accelerometery based seizure detection, classical conditioning through EEG feedback and visualization of gravitational waves. His main interests currently are machine learning and software development.

In his free time, he enjoys reading and doing spontaneous random new things.

Jakub Kosakowski
Jakub Kosakowski
Bioinformatics Analyst
Jakub Kosakowski
Jakub Kosakowski
Bioinformatics Analyst

Jakub Kosakowski completed his MSc in Computational Biology at McMaster University, working with Dr. Paul Higgs.

For his thesis, he studied bacterial interactions in spatial simulations, working with rock-paper-scissors models. The results of these studies demonstrated that systems with antibiotic producers and cheaters can be stable with a sensitive cell type, and that these systems can evolve to optimize antibiotic production.

Outside of work, Jakub enjoys reading, camping, and watching NFL football.

Saeed Najafi
Saeed Najafi
Machine Learning Engineer
Saeed Najafi
Saeed Najafi
Machine Learning Engineer
Saeed has a MSc. in Computing Science from the University of Alberta, as well as a BSc. in Computer Engineering, and he is interested in every area involving computers.

During his master’s studies, he focused on Natural Language Processing, conducting research on Sequence Tagging (POS, CCG, NER), Transduction (Morphology, Transliteration), Dialogue Generation, and Information Extraction (Entity Linking and Relation Extraction).

Outside of work, you mostly find him playing soccer, or cooking spaghetti. He enjoys thrillers, and full suspension bikes. He also actively follows the Machine Learning research.

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