The Team

Science from two different timezones!
Connor Wander – CEO

Connor Wander – CEO

CEO
PhD Candidate UNC Chapel Hill

Connor is a second year PhD track graduate student in the pharmacology curriculum at UNC Chapel Hill.  As a co-mentored student between the Cohen and Song Labs at UNC, he studies GABAergic neural networks in Alzheimer’s Disease.  His 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. 

Education

B.S. In Biology and Biochemistry — Chemistry Minor

Virginia Tech 2014

Publications

Gallery

 

 

Julian Dallmeier – CEO

Julian Dallmeier – CEO

CEO
MA Neuroscience and Cognition

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.

Education

Exercise Science and Physiology at the University of South Carloina

 

 

Gallery

Giulia Pedrina – Marketing

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 – 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.

 

Books

7 Ways to Think and Feel Better

www.amazon.com/dp/B00L7CSV38

Deciding What You Want

www.amazon.com/dp/B00JLT2EXC

 

Website

www.LukeyoutheU.com

Namisha Goel – Intern

Namisha Goel – Intern

Namisha is a first year undergraduate student at UNC Chapel Hill who is currently Pre-Business. She is interested in marketing and finance, but also loves learning about science, specifically neuroscience. She hopes to someday work at Google headquarters. Outside of class, she enjoys watching Greys Anatomy and being with friends and family.

Elizabeth Coletti – Intern

Elizabeth Coletti – Intern

Elizabeth Coletti is a first year student at UNC Chapel Hill where she is majoring in Chemistry and English.  She enjoys studying science to learn about how the world works.  She is also interested in publishing and science communication.  Her hobbies include reading, writing, running, and subconsciously editing everything she sees.

Ashi Gulati – Intern

Ashi Gulati – Intern

Ashi Gulati is a first year student at UNC-Chapel Hill, where she is currently majoring in pre-business. Ashi joined Straight from a Scientist because she wants to be a part of a company that has the ability to bring business and science together. Coming from a science background, Ashi has always been interested in finding ways to integrate the field into her future dreams of starting a nonprofit. Beyond school, Ashi loves to watch Friends (for the seventh time around) and spend time with family and friends.