PINE BIOTECH TEAM
Pine Biotech is on a mission to simplify bioinformatics by enabling user-friendly multi-omics data processing, analysis, and integration. We strive to improve human health and well-being by innovating biomedical data science education, research and decision making.
Experts at the Tauber Bioinformatics Research Center at University of Haifa, Israel, recognized the impact applied data science is poised to make in the context of molecular biology and biomedical research. This need and a vision for democratizing bioinformatics led to the development of a self-guided ‘omics platform (T-Bio) powered by HPC hardware, enhanced by Artificial Intelligence and at the same time transparent and reproducible by incorporating extensive educational features. This unique approach provides user-friendly access to advanced supervised and unsupervised machine learning tools coupled with a logical interface to process raw omics data and allowing users of all levels to discover new insights across complex data types.
Pine Biotech is a tech transfer company from University of Haifa that was incorporated in 2014. The company expanded these efforts with educational curriculum and projects, eventually turning the platform into a comprehensive suite of hands-on project-based modules (OmicsLogic) designed for workshops and university-affiliated programs. Our team grew and moved into the Bioinnovation Center in the great city of New Orleans in 2016. We continue to grow: each day, dozens of people join our programs and we are regularly adding new staff to our team.
Mr. Elia Brodsky
CEO and Co-Founder, Pine Biotech
Mr. Brodsky is one of the Co-Founders & CEO of Pine Biotech. Elia’s background is in applied mathematics and data science. He is currently completing his degree in business and management from Tulane University. He has facilitated and managed collaborations with researchers at Stanford, UCSF, Louisiana State University, Tulane, and other academic and pharma R&D teams. Mr. Brodsky oversees the strategic development of research projects and manages the team responsible for bioinformatics analysis, training, and collaborations for Pine Biotech.
Dr. Mohit Mazumder
Business Development Head
Dr. Mohit Mazumder has over 12 years of research & industry experience. He completed a Masters in Bioinformatics from Jamia Millia Islamia and a Ph.D. in computational biology & chemistry from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). He is an expert in machine learning in application to biomedical & chemical data. He is currently heading the Global Business Development for Pine Biotech, USA, and contributing to bioinformatics research and education by collaborating with universities in India and Africa and mentoring participants from various programs by providing bioinformatics research support applying statistical & algorithmic approaches.
Dr. Raghav Lakshminarayanan
Research Consultant and Mentor
Dr. Raghavendran Lakshminarayanan is an accomplished computational biologist with more than 4 years of research experience in subjects/areas like multi-omics data analysis and data science methods in precision oncology, and protein/DNA structural bioinformatics. With a strong background in Biophysics and Bioinformatics, he earned his Ph.D. in computational biology from the Max-Planck Institute, Germany.
Ms. Sonalika Ray
Bioinformatics Project Manager
Sonalika Ray has completed her Bachelors and Masters in Bioinformatics (Honors) from GGDSD College, Panjab University, Chandigarh. Her interest lies in the areas of oncology research, data science, computer-aided drug discovery, and pharmacogenomics. She was awarded a Gold medal for her academic excellence in her Bachelor's and Master's as well. She is responsible for daily interaction with thousands of users that are a part of the OmicsLogic Bioinformatics Community managed by Pine Biotech.
Mr. Ojasvi Dutta
Bioinformatics Technical Manager
Ojasvi Dutta has completed his Bachelor’s and Master's in Bioinformatics from GGDSD College, Panjab University, Chandigarh. His research interests are Structural Biology, Molecular Docking, and Computational modeling of biological systems and has completed his research in the field of Space Omics. He is currently working as a Bioinformatics Technical Manager and supports bioinformatics research services by doing the analysis on the T-BioInfo platform. He also helps in solving the technical challenges faced by users on the portal/server on a day-to-day basis. In addition to his work, he also works as a Program Coordinator for NAIPI (National Association of Principal Investigators), USA.
Ms. Sparsh Dhar
Sparsh Dhar has completed her Bachelors and Masters in Bioinformatics (Honors) from GGDSD College, Panjab University, Chandigarh. Her research interest lies in areas of DFT studies, Molecular Docking, Phylogeny Studies, Computer-Aided Drug Discovery. She is also skilled in Clinical Data Management with a broad skill set in healthcare, Clinical Research, and Clinical Trials. She is currently responsible for growth and sales of the company by building client relationships, developing business strategies, and identifying new business opportunities.
Mr. Shubham Kumar
Business Development and Marketing Intern
Shubham Kumar has completed his Master's in Bioinformatics from GGDSD College, Panjab University, Chandigarh, and his Bachelor's in Biotechnology from Fergusson College, SPPU, Pune. His research interests are Proteomics, Drug Designing, and Structural Biology. He is currently working as a Business Development and Marketing Intern.
Ms. Sreegauri Krishnakumar
Sreegauri Krishnakumar completed her B.Sc. (Hons) in Forensic Science from Amity University, Noida, India. She joined Pine Biotech as a Research Intern and received a full scholarship to pursue the OmicsLogic Bioinformatics Research Fellowship Program. After three months into the program, she was offered a paid contract role for the position of Bioinformatics Intern.
Tauber Bioinformatics Research Center Team
Dr. Alfred Tauber
Co-Founder and Chairman, Pine Biotech
Dr. Alfred Tauber is the co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Pine-Biotech. He is Zoltan Kohn emeritus Professor of Medicine at Boston University as well as Chairman of the Board of Governors at University of Haifa, Israel where he received an honorary PhD for his exemplary work in science and bioethics. In addition to more than 125 research publications in biochemistry and cell biology, numerous philosophical studies in immunology and historical articles chronicling biomedicine from the 19th to 20th Centuries, Dr. Tauber, who originally trained in hematology and oncology after graduating as a medical doctor, was also awarded the 2008 Science Medal from the University of Bologna
Founder and CEO , Carmel Innovations Fund
Elka Nir is the Founder and CEO of the Carmel Innovations Fund within the Haifa University Economic Corp. as well as an active Chairman of the Board of Directors for several global private and public companies. She is also a General Partner in a venture capital fund for high-tech companies. Elka has extensive business experience championing the growth of companies at all stages and leading cutting-edge technology organizations. She holds degrees in computer science and business.
Dr. Leonid Brodsky
Co-Founder and Scientific Director
Dr. Leonid Brodsky is the former director of the Tauber Bioinformatics Research Center at the University of Haifa and is an expert in bioinformatics and biostatistics. Dr. Brodsky is the Scientific Lead and co-founder of Pine-Biotech. As a PhD mathematician with more than 30 years experience in computational biology, biostatistics, systems biology modeling plus bioinformatics research and algorithm development, Leonid is an established name in the field with more than 50 publications. He is an active contributor to the University of Haifa’s data science and biostatistics program. Notably, his expertise and data analysis methods have contributed to numerous scientific discoveries and publications.
Avi Titievsky - MSc in Computer Science, Tauber Bioinformatics Research Center, University of Haifa, Israel. He Develops, manages, and maintains of T-BioInfo Platform for bioinformatics analysis of heterogeneous omics data. Involved in the design and development of a pipeline platform for student research and collaboration usages (United States Department of Defense, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency). Platform development involved writing code in ruby on rails, Postgres, haml, scss, coffee-script
Dr. Julia Panov
Associate Director, TBRC
Dr. Julia Panov is the Associate Director at the Tauber Bioinformatics Research Center. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Haifa in Neurobiology. In her current position, Dr. Panov oversees the center academic work that supports research projects at the University of Haifa, Georgetown University Medical Center with Dr. Levi on metabolic diseases, Institut Pasteur in Paris, France with Vignuzzi Lab on infectious diseases, as well as collaborators at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in Buffalo, NY, working with Dr. Gudkov’s lab on cancer and aging.
OmicsLogic Africa Team
Program Director, OmicsLogic Africa
Adekunle Oluwatosin Adeluwoye is a molecular scientist and academic, who is equally a tech enthusiast with a professional background as a medical laboratory scientist with a combined sixteen years of experience that cuts across both public and private diagnostic practice space. As a health-tech expert, he is the Founder of PreDiagn, an online diagnostic service platform, and also the Project Lead for Skrind, another e-health project. Currently a Faculty at the Lead City University, Ibadan, Nigeria where he teaches and mentors young medical laboratory science students and other basic medical sciences students in nursing and radiography, he is presently the Program Director for the OmicsLogic Africa program of Pine Biotech Inc., USA – a project with the mission of providing ease of access and tools for capacity building in big data science and bioinformatics for teaching and research across Africa.
Mentor & Program Facilitator
Adetayo Aborisade, the founding Community Manager for Omicslogic Africa and presently a mentor and Program Facilitator with PineBio Tech. I am a Consultant Oral Pathologist and the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry, Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria. With the mentorship of the global PineBio Team and utilizing the famed Tbioserver, I have authored a couple of projects namely “Differential Gene Expression in Drug Hypersensitivity Reactions: Molecular Basis for Female Predilection”, In Silico Transcriptomic Analysis of Affected Biologic Pathways in Pathobiology of Osteosarcoma.
Community Manager, OmicsLogic Africa
Ayanfeoluwa Alabetutu is a Molecular Biology and Genetics Expert | Penza State University, Russia with a bias for Population Genetics. He is a Faculty at, Rostrum Academy, Penza, Russia. A BLOODBORNE PATHOGENS [BBP] Certified NHCPS Expert | CPR, AED & First-Aid Certified NHCPS Expert. Ayanfeoluwa is also an enthusiast of Data Analytics, Data Science, and Big data. His research interests cut across Bioinformatics Education, Metagenomics, Genome-Wide Association Study (GWAS), and Cancer Biology. He is the Community Engagement Manager for Omicslogic Africa.
Dr. Ifeoma Nancy Nzelu
Program Developer, OmicsLogic Africa
Dr. Ifeoma Nancy Nzelu is a trained Veterinary Public Health Professional with a research interest in One Health and Food Safety. She had her first, second, and third degrees from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria. Currently, she is employed as a Lecturer with the Joseph Sarwuan Tarka University Makurdi (formerly known as the University of Agriculture Makurdi), where she teaches and mentors undergraduates and postgraduates in the field of Veterinary Public Health and Preventive Medicine. Dr. Nancy Nzelu who is currently the Program Development Manager for OmicsLogic Africa has published several scientific papers in reputable journals and presented papers in scientific conferences. She has obtained various professional certifications in fields other than Veterinary Medicine.