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, 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.

Raghavendran Lakshminarayanan

Dr. Raghavendran 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.

Harpreet Kaur

Harpreet Kaur

Research Consultant and Mentor

Harpreet Kaur has done her Ph.D. in Bioinformatics from the Bioinformatics Centre, CSIR-Institute of Microbial Technology, Chandigarh, India, and JNU, New Delhi, India. Her Doctoral Research is focused on the Domain of Cancer Genomics; specifically, “Computer-aided identification of genetic biomarkers for predicting liver cancer and its prognosis”. She has expertise in the application of statistical, Machine learning techniques on Biomedical data, and the development of Prediction tools and Databases. Her current research interests are in the areas of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Cancer Genomics, Biomarker Discovery, Database development on different aspects of human health.

Sonalika Ray

Ms. Sonalika Ray

Community 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.

Ojasvi Dutta

Mr. Ojasvi Dutta

Web Analytics & Technical Coordinator

Ojasvi Dutta has completed his Bachelor's in Bioinformatics Honors and currently is in his last year Master's in Bioinformatics from GGDSD College, Panjab University, Chandigarh. His research interests are Structural Biology, Molecular Docking, and Computational modeling of biological systems. He is currently managing web analytics and helps in solving the technical challenges faced on day to day basis. He is also helping in developing business strategies in Pine Biotech.

Sparsh Dhar

Ms. Sparsh Dhar

Business Development Associate

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.

Subhrajit Barua

Mr. Subhrajit Barua

Scientific Outreach Coordinator & President of Sci-Omics

Subhrajit is an M.S. in molecular biology and biotechnology at ITMO University, Russia. At Pine Biotech, he is responsible for outreach, science communication, and projects. He also works on spreading awareness about bioinformatics and mentors a few student projects.

Tauber Bioinformatics Research Center Team

Alfred Tauber

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

Leonid Brodsky

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.

Julia Panov

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.

Avi Titievsky

Avi Titievsky

Software development and Platform Support

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

Elka Nir

Elka Nir

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.

OmicsLogic Africa Team

Adekunle

Adekunle Oluwatosin Adeluwoye

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.

Adetayo

Adetayo Aborisade

Mentor & Program Facilitator, OmicsLogic Africa

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.

Ayanfeoluwa Alabetutu

Ayanfeoluwa Alabetutu

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.

Nancy

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.

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