We exist to alleviate human suffering


Team that makes
everything possible

Core Team

Jen Nwankwo, Ph.D. Founder & CEO
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Before founding 1910, Jen worked at the intersection of life science, technology, and business. Prior roles include Management Consultant at Bain & Company, Director of Business Development at a health-tech startup (pre-seed to Series A), and drug discovery stints at Novartis and Eli Lilly. During her Ph.D. research, Jen was an HHMI Predoctoral Fellow at the medical schools of Tufts University and Harvard University.

Bridget Cole, Ph.D. Chief Scientific Officer
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Bridget brings 25 years of drug discovery and clinical development experience having contributed to multiple drug candidates including FDA approved Rezurock™. Previously, she was SVP of Drug Discovery at Nocion Therapeutics where she helped discover and develop clinical candidate NTX-1175. Before Nocion, Bridget held various leadership positions including VP at Flatley Discovery Lab and Surface Logix, and AD at Pfizer.

Brandon Moore, Ph.D. Head of AI Research & ML Engineering
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Brandon harnesses machine learning and parallel computing to design small molecule therapeutics using our AI-powered E​LVIS​™ and ROSALYND​™ platforms.​ He received his Bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Neuroscience from MIT and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Vanderbilt where he leveraged neural networks to study the primate visual system. Once a King of the Nerds contestant, Brandon enjoys creative STEM projects like building animatronic chatbots, training generative art algorithms, and teaching monkeys addition (PNAS/I Fing Love Science).

Peter Bertinato, Ph.D. Director of Medicinal Chemistry
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Peter is a seasoned medicinal chemist with over 25 years of experience in drug discovery and development having contributed to the discovery of multiple preclinical and clinical drug candidates including the FDA approved veterinary medicine drug SelentrolTM. Prior to joining 1910 Genetics, Peter served as Director of Medicinal Chemistry at Reverie Labs. Over his career, Peter has held several senior scientist positions at Eisai, Epix and Pfizer in addition to consulting for several small biotech companies and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Edward Walker, Ph.D. Director of Protein Therapeutics
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Jesse W. Collins, Ph.D. AI Research Scientist II
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Jesse studied physics at MIT, and earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University, partly supported by an NSF IGERT fellowship in Biomechanics. He was a postdoc on an NIH-funded project in neuron activity recording. He trained AI models for genetics and tissue architecture studies before joining 1910 Genetics as an AI Research Fellow on the CANDID™ platform for small molecule discovery.

Mostafa Abedi, Ph.D. Computational Theoretical Chemist I​
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Mostafa received his Ph.D. from Technical University of Denmark in computational and theoretical Chemistry. He spent several years working as a postdoctoral researcher at Brown University to leverage the power of machine learning techniques to develop efficient and accurate high-dimensional potential energy surfaces. At 1910 Genetics, his work involves utilizing computational chemistry tools to study and design small and large drug molecules with ELVIS™ and ROSALYND™ platforms.

Reyal Hoxie, Ph.D. Scientist I, Translational Biochemistry & Pharmacology
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Reyal received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Biophysics at Brandeis University, where she investigated the energetics of binding for Hsp90 inhibitors and how Hsp90 inhibitors alter the effect of BiP on the conformation of Grp94. At 1910 Genetics, Reyal works on all aspects of our biological automation platform, leveraging state-of-the-art robotics to automate assay development, validation, and scale up for high throughput screening of therapeutics designed by our AI-powered ELVIS™ and ROSALYND™ platforms.

Cole Baker, M.Eng. Machine Learning Engineer II
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Cole studied computer science at MIT where he earned his bachelor’s degree and his M.Eng. while researching at the Pantazis Magnetoencephalography LAB. His work combined machine learning, brain imaging and hyperbolic geometry to identify the first signs of Alzheimer’s Disease and the potential for cognitive trainings to mitigate disease progression. At 1910 Genetics, he works with ELVIS™ and ROSALYND™ platforms to improve training efficiency, maximize model performance, and implement state of the art research.

Liping Wu, Ph.D. Principal Scientist & Manager of R&D Operations
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Liping received her PhD in cell and molecular biology from the Australian National University. At 1910 Genetics, she manages R&D operations and thrives on assay biology innovations for the ROSALYND TM platforms. Before joining 1910, Liping served as deputy head of R&D at Prestige Biopharmaceuticals USA. Prior to that, she worked at Cell Assay Innovations, Millennium Pharmaceuticals, and Maxthera Pharmaceuticals.

Mahmoud Ebrahimkhani, Ph.D. AI Research Scientist I
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At 1910 Genetics, Mahmoud works on creating generative AI models for structure-based small molecule drug discovery. Mahmoud earned his MS.c. and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Stony Brook University and pursued his postdoctoral studies at Northwestern University. His expertise encompasses the creation of AI and machine learning workflows for automated disease diagnosis and digital biomarker prediction.

Seun Olorunwunmi Software Engineer II
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Seun is an AWS-certified solutions architect with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems from Suffolk University and a Full Stack Web Development certification from Lambda School. At 1910 Genetics, Seun architects the cloud computing infrastructure that powers the full range of AI-driven small molecule and protein design programs across all phases of early stage drug discovery, including novel hit discovery, hit-to-lead, and lead optimization.

Matthew Sherman Automation Engineer II
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Matt studied biomedical engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology where he earned his bachelor's degree.  He spent the last 7 years working in lab automation and compound management for oncology discovery.  At 1910 Genetics, Matt works on implementing and optimizing automated processes for our biological assays and inventory.

Francis Acquah, Ph.D. Fellow, Translational Biochemistry & Pharmacology
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At 1910, Francis works on developing optimized workflows for our biological automation platform that leverages state-of-the-art robotics and software to automate assay development, validation and high-throughput data analysis to support clear decision-making. Francis received his PhD from the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center, Department of Biochemistry where he used integrated computational, biochemical and crystallographic approaches to identify druglike compounds targeting nicotinic receptor and RNA double helices.

Lakshmi Chivukula, Ph.D. Fellow, Translational Biochemistry & Pharmacology
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Lakshmi received her Ph.D. in Nanoscience at University of North Carolina Greensboro, where she studied the Interaction mechanism of pathogenic yeast with nanostructured surfaces thereby investigating how such interaction influences the sterol quantity and antifungal drug resistance of pathogenic yeast. At 1910 Genetics, Lakshmi works on developing and validating biochemical and cell-based high throughput screening assays for therapeutics designed by our AI-powered ELVIS™ and ROSALYND™ platforms.

Sidharth Shankar Research Associate I
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At 1910 Genetics, Sidharth works on all aspects of our biological automation platform, which leverages state-of-the-art robotics to automate assay development, validation, and scale up for high throughput screening of therapeutics designed by our AI-powered ELVIS™ and ROSALYND™ platforms. Sidharth received his bachelor’s in Microbiology from the University of Washington, and spent three years in the Otterbein Lab at Harvard Medical School where he investigated the therapeutic potential of low dose carbon monoxide across models of sepsis and traumatic brain injury.

Juan Yancovich Software Engineering Fellow
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Daniel Ramirez Data Engineering Fellow
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Matt McCoy, Ph.D. AI Research Fellow
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Matt has a PhD in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics from George Mason University, where he developed methods to utilize protein structure dynamics to predict the phenotypic result of genomic mutations. He has continued to gain experience integrating AI into bioinformatic and protein structure analysis across a number of biotech applications (microbial characterization, agriculture, healthcare, drug development). At 1910 Genetics, he contributes to the development of the ROSALYND platform.

Yemisi Olorunwunmi Business Operations Associate
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Jennifer Carney Executive Assistant and Office Manager
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With 13 years of experience in the hospitality industry and 7 years in hospitals, biopharmaceutical research and digital healthcare, Jennifer adds the element of the human touch to executive support and operations at 1910 Genetics. She has previously worked for luxury properties managed by the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, as well as Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's Department of Cancer Biology, Boston Children's Hospital and Philips North America. Jennifer holds a BA in Literature from Trinity College of Vermont.

Board of Directors and Advisors

Jen Nwankwo, Ph.D. Board Director
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Jen is the Founder & CEO of 1910 Genetics. Before founding 1910, Jen worked at the intersection of life science, technology, and business. Prior roles include Management Consultant at Bain & Company, Director of Business Development at a health-tech startup (pre-seed to Series A), and drug discovery stints at Novartis and Eli Lilly. During her Ph.D. research, Jen was an HHMI Predoctoral Fellow at the medical schools of Tufts University and Harvard University.

Shaan Gandhi, Ph.D. Independent Board Director
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George Golumbeski, Ph.D. Chairman of the Business Advisory Board
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Trained as a research scientist, George has focused on enabling young, innovation-driven companies to bring breakthrough medications into medical practice. In his more than 25 years leading Business Development organizations, he has contributed to advancement of numerous marketed medications that are benefiting patients worldwide. Known globally for his interest in leading-edge science and his creativity in forging inter-company collaborations, he was recognized in 2014 by Fierce Biotech as one of the 20 most influential people in the Biotechnology industry.

Sam Altman Technology Advisor
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Ted Love, M.D. Business Advisor
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Suresh Poda, Ph.D. Scientific Advisor
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Suresh is the Vice President of Neuroscience and Preclinical Research at Encoded Therapeutics, a pioneering gene therapy company focusing on neurological diseases. Before joining Encoded, Dr. Suresh held senior research positions at Eisai, Denali, Lundbeck, and started his industry career at AstraZeneca, following a decade of academic research at the University of Michigan and the University of Montreal. He has led numerous drug development programs from discovery through the early clinical stage, focusing on therapies for psychiatry, neurology, and inflammatory diseases.

Ashish Vaswani, Ph.D. Technology Advisor
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