Connor Wander – CEO
Connor Wander is a third year PhD Candidate in the Pharmacology Department at UNC Chapel Hill. As a co-mentored student between the Cohen and Song Labs at UNC, Connor studies GABAergic neural networks in Alzheimer’s Disease. Other scientific interests include the interactions between the environment, genetics, and behavior in mood disorders and neurodegenerative diseases. Connor and Julian founded SFS with the idea of connecting people directly with scientists.
Outside of the lab, Connor enjoys hobbies such as graphic design, gaming, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, paintball and caring for his bearded dragon and Madagascar Giant Day geckos. Connor also manages the Cohen lab website and a Giant day Gecko care blog.
B.S. In Biology and Biochemistry — Chemistry Minor
Virginia Tech 2014
Connor Wander’s Publications
- A unique tau conformation generated by an acetylation-mimic substitution modulates P301S-dependent tau pathology and hyperphosphorylation.
- Acetylation-induced TDP-43 pathology is suppressed by an HSF1-dependent chaperone program.
- A Dual Pathogenic Mechanism Links Tau Acetylation to Sporadic Tauopathy.
Julian Dallmeier – CEO
Julian Dallmeier is currently a Neuroscience Master student at the University of Navarra in Spain. He is completing his thesis at the CIMA and the Clinica de Navarra in Neurophysiology. He did his undergrad in Exercise Science and Physiology and has an avid passion for maximizing physical and mental performance. Julian is a polyglot whose research interests’ span from fields related to lifehacking (Nootropics, memory, physical performance) to health related categories such as concussions and the gut-brain axis.
Exercise Science and Physiology at the University of South Carloina
Giulia Pedrina – Marketing
Giulia is our Manager of Science communication and she deals with public relations and
general management of social media. She completed her Master in Marketing in Spain and her
Bachelor degree in Communication at the University of Padua, Italy. Giulia has a strong cross-
cultural adaptation and loves challenges. Her dream is, one day, to work in a project to save
the oceans from plastic.
Jake Knight – Advisor
Jake Knight is a writer with a wide range of interests including science, business, history, science fiction and fantasy, metaphysics, religion, and the Bible. His continuing study of life and its interconnections have taken him from explorations in the woods to travel to other countries to spiritual and inward searching. Along the way, he received his undergraduate degree in commerce and a minor in religious studies from the University of Virginia, and took classes in theology and Italian at other institutions. Of most importance to him, though, is not his academic studies but his observation of and participation in life.
His particular idea is this: that all of life connects and is interdependent. That all those of earnest desire and belief in good and for good are looking at/ entering the same house by different entrances.
This includes science. He is keenly interested in the discoveries and perspectives science brings to a fuller understanding, and experience of, life. Especially science having to do with neurology and perception. His job on the team is to ask questions, and help make the science understandable to the non-formally science trained.
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