OUR TEAM

Igantia has recruited a scientific team with expertise in human aging, genomics, molecular biology and computational biology.   These are Igantia's misfits, trouble-makers and risk-takers:

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SOHILA ZADRAN, PHD

Founder

Sohila Zadran, PhD is a neuroscientist and serial entrepreneur.  She completed her undergraduate degree in Molecular Cell Biology and Neurobiology at the University of California, Berkeley.  Sohila completed her PhD in Neuro-Engineering and Neuroscience at the age of 23 and then pursued a post-doctoral fellowship in Systems Neuroscience at the California Institute of Technology.   Sohila's research is on understanding aging in the brain and currently lectures a course on Human Aging and The Biology of Aging in Women at Stanford University. 

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ELIZABETH BLACKBURN, PHD

Elizabeth Blackburn, PhD is a biochemist and innovator in the field of aging.  Elizabeth earned a Bachelor of Science in 1970 and Master of Science in 1972, both from the University of Melbourne and her PhD in 1974 from the University of Cambridge.  She then carried out postdoctoral work in molecular and cellular biology between 1975 and 1977 at Yale University.  Elizabeth won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for her discovery of telomerase. 

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RAPHAEL LEVINE, PHD

Raphael Levine, PhD is a theorist and biophysicist. Raphael received his Masters in Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1959 and his PhD at Nottingham University and Oxford University.   Raphael won the Wolf Prize in Chemistry Award for his theories.  Raphael's  major works include the quantum theory of absolute rates, the first quantal treatment of molecular photodissociation, elucidation of the role of resonances in reactive molecular collisions, the theory of collision- induced dissociation, and the foundations of dynamical stereochemistry.

 

RONJON NAG, PHD

Ronjon Nag, PhD is currently a Distinguished Careers Institute Fellow at Stanford University.  He is chairman and board member of multiple technology startups, and has founded several companies, which have been sold to Apple, Blackberry and Motorola.  He was awarded the IET Mountbatten Medal in 2014 at the Royal Institution for services to smartphone componentry and ecosystems, and was a winner of the $1M Verizon Powerful Answers Award as board member of Bounce Imaging.  He has been a pioneer of smartphones and the app stores they depend on based on his work on touch screens, mobile search, voice recognition, and app stores.  Dr. Nag received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from UK's University of Birmingham, a master's degree from MIT Sloan School of Management and an engineering Ph.D from the University of Cambridge.  He completed his education with post-doctoral research at Stanford University in the fields of neural networks and Artificial Intelligence. 

 

DAVID SABATINI, MD, PHD

David Sabatini is a member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, senior associate member at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and member of the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT, as well as associate professor of biology at MIT.  He is also an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.  Dr. Sabatini received his BS from Brown University magna cum laude and his MD/PhD from the John Hopkins University in 1997.  He has received a number of distinctions, including being named a W.M. Keck Foundation Distinguished Young Scholar, a Pew Scholar, a recipient of the 2009 Paul Marks Prize for Cancer Research, a recipient of the 2012 ASBMB Earl and Theresa Stadtman Scholar Award and a 2014 recipient of the National Academy of Science Award in molecular biology and, most recently in 2016 was elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences.