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Team & Associates | Michelson Medical Research Foundation

Team page for the Michelson Medical Research Foundation. For the scientists involved in our initiatives, please refer to the respective initiative team page.

MMRF President

Gary Karlin Michelson, M.D.

Project Manager (Karlin Asset Management)

Pierre André Lowenstein

Social Media Manager

Désirée Rayos

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Kristen Abercrombie

MMRF Writing Team

Nisha Cooch

Nisha Kaul Cooch is Founder and Principal of BioInnovation Consulting LLC, a life sciences communications firm based in Washington DC. While earning her Ph.D. in Neuroscience, she studied the nature of decision making and information processing. The focus of her current work is entrepreneurship in the biotechnology industry.

Alison Deshong

Alison Deshong is a freelance writer with a Master of Science in Biochemistry from the University of California, Davis. She has over eight years of research and writing experience in the biomedical sciences. As a writer, she has a passion for clearly communicating complex concepts to a broad audience and specializes in the topics of science, health, and nutrition.

Wanqiu Hou

Wanqiu Hou is the Founder of Scientific HealthSense, a website based application in mining health data for a consumer service. He received his PhD from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Dr. Hou has more than 10 years of experience in medical research, writing and communications.

Kuan Lu

Kuan Lu is a bioscience writer with a degree from the University of Southern California. He was involved with biological science before pursuing bioscience writing and completing his business degree. Kuan has previously worked with a variety of medical clinics and physicians on ACL, nutritional impact, and irregular pregnancy disorders. He has a particular interest in epigenetics and leukemia research and is a frequent guest blogger.

Lisa Luther

Formerly a Senior Associate Project Manager at AMGEN, Lisa Luther has 9 years of experience working in biotech on strategic businesses initiatives and in the Program Management Office, where she facilitated the development of innovative combination biologic drug/electromechanical medical device products. Lisa holds a MBA degree from California Lutheran University.

Francis Malarkey

Francis Malarkey is a graduate of Emmanuel College in Boston, MA. He has worked in research for more than 2 years, and has presented his work at the annual gathering of the Society for Neuroscience.

Constantine Papoutsis

Constantine Papoutsis has received a BSc (Hons) degree in Psychology from Canterbury Christ Church University in England. He is working as a research and neurology assistant in the area of sleep-wake disorders and epilepsy. Furthermore, in the past, Constantine has taken part in a lab where he investigated the effect of dissociation on eyewitness testimony. Constantine has more than two years’ research and writing experience in the neurological and psychological area.

Juliesta Sylvester

Juliesta Sylvester, Ph.D. is a biochemist who promotes innovation and technology transfer at the interface of academia and industry. Her research has spanned pharmaceutical discovery, molecular diagnostics, bioinformatics, and quantitative systems analysis. She is an avid world traveler, invited speaker at national and international meetings, and enthusiastic consultant for startups.

Nadia Tavitian

Nadia Tavitian holds a B.A. in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley. She has served as a Electrophysiological lab Research Fellow at Western University of Health Sciences, exploring the effects of Estradiol on OFQ/N receptors at POMC neurons. Nadia obtained her Masters of Science in Biomedical Science at Western University, where she contributed to investigating the dynamics of cell-surface signaling and the invasiveness of various breast cancer cell lines.

MMRF Team

Articles written by internal MMRF staffers and external collaborators.

The Michelson Medical Research Foundation and its initiatives are made possible by the generous support of Dr. Gary K. Michelson and his wife, Alya Michelson.
Michelson Medical Research Foundation • 11755 Wilshire Blvd. • Ste. 1400 • Los Angeles, CA 90025

The Michelson Medical Research Foundation and its initiatives are made possible by the generous support of Dr. Gary K. Michelson and his wife, Alya Michelson.
Michelson Medical Research Foundation • 11755 Wilshire Blvd. • Ste. 1400 • Los Angeles, CA 90025

The Michelson Medical Research Foundation and its initiatives are made possible by the generous support of Dr. Gary K. Michelson and his wife, Alya Michelson.
Michelson Medical Research Foundation • 11755 Wilshire Blvd. • Ste. 1400 • Los Angeles, CA 90025

The Michelson Medical Research Foundation and its initiatives are made possible by the generous support of Dr. Gary K. Michelson and his wife, Alya Michelson.
Michelson Medical Research Foundation • 11755 Wilshire Blvd. • Ste. 1400 • Los Angeles, CA 90025

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