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Our Advisors

Our Scientific Advisory Committee guides our strategic direction and provides feedback and insight from the broad research community.

AbdulAziz Ascandari

AbdulAziz Ascandari is a Ghanaian and currently a research assistant at the Parasitology department of the Noguchi Memorial Institute for medical research in Ghana. His work focuses on Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) with specific attention to Trypanosomiasis. He has a masters degree in medical Biotechnology (biomedical) from the Faculty of medicine and pharmacy of Rabat, Morocco. His undergraduate degree was in Medical Laboratory technology. His research interest is in RNA interference technology and recombinant DNA technology. When he is not in the laboratory, he enjoys tourism, watching good movies and engaging in science communication.

Alexandra Colón-Rodríguez

Alexandra Colón-Rodríguez is currently a postdoctoral scientist at the University of California Davis, where she focuses on neuroendocrinology research and leads the Science Communications Faculty Training Program. She has a dual major Ph.D. in Neuroscience and Environmental Toxicology from Michigan State University (MSU). She is actively involved in mentoring and outreach and is interested in open science and open data. She has served in the Society for Neuroscience Trainee Advisory Committee and Professional Development Committee, and the Diversity and Inclusion Committees at MSU College of Veterinary Medicine, the Society for Neuroscience, and UC Davis.

Greg Copenhaver

Gregory P. Copenhaver shares joint appointments as a Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Biology and Professor in the Integrative Program for Biological and Genome Sciences (IBGS) at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is also a Distinguished Adjunct Professor at Fudan University in Shanghai. Greg’s research focuses on chromosome dynamics and the mechanisms of inheritance. He is an Associate Member of the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, the UNC Center for Bioethics and the Curriculum in Genetics and the UNC Shuford Program in Entrepreneurship. Greg obtained his BS (with high distinction) from University of California Riverside in 1990 and his PhD in Biology and Biomedical Sciences from the Washington University in St. Louis in 1996. He completed his postdoctoral studies in Genetics at The University of Chicago in 2001. He served as the Director of Graduate Studies (Biology – MCDB) at UNC for 10 years and currently serves as Editor-in-Chief for the peer-reviewed, open access, scientific journal PLOS Genetics. In 2019 he was elected as a Fellow of the Linnean Society and in 2021 he was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In addition, he co-founded the biotechnology company Chromatin Inc.

Lola Fayanju

Lola Fayanju is Associate Professor of Surgery and Population Health Sciences in the Duke University School of Medicine and Director of the Durham VA Breast Clinic. She is also associate director for Disparities & Value in Healthcare with Duke Forge, Duke University’s center for actionable data science. Effective July 1, 2021, she will be transitioning to the Chief of Breast Surgery for the University of Pennsylvania Health System and Associate Professor of Surgery in the Penn School of Medicine. She will also be a fellow in both the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics and the Penn Center for Cancer Care Innovation. She is active in several national organizations, currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Surgical Outcomes Club and on various committees including the Breast Cancer Care Delivery, and Health Disparities Committees for the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology; the Patient-reported Outcomes, Patient Safety and Quality, and Publications Committees and the Health Disparities Advisory Panel for the American Society of Breast Surgeons; the Nominating and Program Committees for the Association for Academic Surgery; the Research and Education and the Women in Surgery Committees for the Society of Black Academic Surgeons; and the Locoregional and Patient-reported Outcomes Committees for the Translational Breast Cancer Research Consortium. In 2019, she was recognized by the National Academy of Medicine as an Emerging Leader in Health and Medicine Scholar. Her research, which is supported by funding from the NIH, has 3 areas of focus: (1) addressing disparities in breast cancer presentation, treatment, outcome, and clinical trial participation; (2) improving prognostication and treatment for biologically aggressive variants of breast cancer that are often more common among racial and ethnic minorities; and (3) creating value in oncologic care, especially through the collection and application of patient-reported outcomes. She received her undergraduate degree in History and Science and an MA in Comparative Literature from Harvard. She received her MD and a master of population health sciences (MPHS) from Washington University in St. Louis, where she also completed her residency in General Surgery. She completed fellowship training in Breast Surgical Oncology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Małgorzata Anna Gazda

Małgorzata Anna Gazda is an early career scientist with demonstrated passion for positive cultural change in academia. Her academic background includes training in biology at Jagiellonian University in Krakow and a PhD at Biodiversity and Evolution (BIODIV) at University of Porto, where her research mainly focused on dissecting genetic basis of traits important for avian evolution. Read more details. She is a co-chair of Community and Membership Engagement Committee and a part of steering committee at GSA’s (Genetics Society of America) Early Career Leadership Program. She was a part of Early Career Ambassadors program hosted by eLIFE, where she engaged in the meta-research project aiming to assess and help to improve quality of images reporting in life science. Finally she is a member of preprint editorial team at Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. Career-wise she is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Department of Biology of the École Normale Supérieure (IBENS).

Sridhar Gutam

Sridhar Gutam is Senior Scientist at ICAR-Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (ICAR-IIHR), Bengaluru and Convenor for Open Access India. He has earned his PhD in Plant Physiology from ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi in the year 2004 and joined the Agricultural Research Service of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) in the same year. Apart from his research on Plant Physiology of Agriculture and Horticultural Crops, he has interests in Open Access and Open Data which made him start the Open Access India community, Open Access Journal of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (OAJMAP) with the help of his colleagues. He actively participated in the development of ICAR Open Access Policy and pronouncement of Delhi Declaration on Open Access. He is also instrumental in the establishment of AgriXiv (now agriRxiv) and IndiaRxiv preprints repositories under the Open Access India community. He is now associated with AmeliCA and is working for use and adoption of AmeliCA XML for the journals being published by various scholarly societies in India for making enriched reading formats and for interoperability of data and information. He can be reached at @SridharGutam and you can read more about his background.

Caleb Kibet

Caleb Kibet is a bioinformatics researcher, a lecturer, an open science advocate, and a mentor. He is currently a bioinformatician at icipe - International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology, teaches bioinformatics at Pwani University, and formerly 2019/20 Mozilla open science fellow where he developed a research data management framework for resource contained countries. His research interests are in regulatory genomics using machine learning and statistical modeling to understand and predict transcription factor binding sites and their link to diseases. Caleb is also a founder of OpenScienceKE, an initiative that promotes open approaches to bioinformatics research in Kenya. He is passionate about open science and reproducible bioinformatics research. He continually seeks out opportunities to spread open science, especially within the bioinformatics community in Kenya.

Melanie Krause

Melanie Krause is a postdoctoral fellow at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany working on novel proteome tagging strategies. She has previously trained in Osnabrück and Bonn (both Germany) for a BSc and MSc in Cell Biology and Biomedicine respectively, as well as University College London (UK) where she graduated with a PhD in Cell Biology of Infection in 2020. Melanie is passionate about advocating for open science and sustainability in research. She has been involved in numerous science communication and open science activities and events. Amongst these she has been an eLife ambassador from 2018 to 2020, a member of GBR and a GAPSummit attendee in 2019. She frequently writes articles for the online news outlet BioNews, a non-profit that aims to inform a lay audience of approximately 20,000 subscribers about new scientific findings and policy decisions.

Ben Marwick

Ben Marwick is a faculty member in the Anthropology Department at the University of Washington. He is an archaeologist that works on hominin dispersals into mainland Southeast Asia, forager technologies and ecology in Australia, mainland Southeast Asia and elsewhere. He is interested in applications of data science, especially techniques, methods, and tools for reproducible research and open science in archaeology and the sciences broadly. See his interviews, writing, and more about his teaching and research .