Team

Mark Smith 

Mark is a postdoctoral associate in the Alm Lab at MIT. Mark's research uses high-throughput sequencing to gain insights into the structure, function and dynamics of the human microbiome, with a recent publication on the topic in Nature. Besides the striking opportunity to directly impact patients' lives, Mark is excited to launch OpenBiome as a platform for building new collaborations with clinical researchers. He hopes that OpenBiome will provide a bridge between practicing clinicians and the community of computational and molecular biologists to which he belongs. Mark holds a PhD in microbiology from MIT. 

James Burgess

James has taken a leave from the MBA program at the MIT Sloan School of Management to launch OpenBiome.  James has previously worked as a researcher on the Agricultural Development program at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  Before that, James spent several years as a management consultant at Bain & Company where he developed and implemented growth strategy programs for large corporate clients.  James' experience will help to ensure that OpenBiome develops efficient, sustainable operations. 

Zain Kassam

Zain is a Gastroenterologist and Internal Medicine physician. He completed his MPH degree at the Harvard School of Public Health through the support of the Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship and is affiliated with the Harvard Macy Institute. He holds a medical degree (MD) from the University of Western Ontario, Canada. He completed his Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology training at McMaster University, Canada, where he was both the Chief Medical and Chief Gastroenterology Resident. His academic interest focuses on translational microbiome research and applied microbiome-directed therapies. He has authored a number of peer-reviewed publications in journals such as Archives of Internal Medicine, American Journal of Gastroenterology, and New England Journal of Medicine. Zain is passionate about enhancing patient care by harnessing the microbiome and integrating it with clinical care.

Carolyn Edelstein

Carolyn is recent graduate of the Master in Public Affairs program at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Prior to that, she worked on the Development Innovation Ventures program at the U.S. Agency for International Development, which tests and supports low-cost, high-impact interventions to improve global health and prosperity.  Carolyn is thrilled to apply her experience working with early stage nonprofits as OpenBiome expands access to this compelling treatment.

Karl Yoder

Karl is excited to bring his business development background to the OpenBiome team.  He has previously worked in the clean energy sector, helping commercialize plasma gasification waste-to-energy technology.  He’s not sure exactly how garbage and poop have come to play such prominent roles in his life, but knows that both areas offer tremendous opportunities for good, if you don’t mind the stink.  Karl is particularly excited to leverage his MA in International Relations to help expand OpenBiome’s services across the globe.

Andrew Noh

Andrew has taken a leave of absence from the MBA program at MIT Sloan's School of Management to join the OpenBiome team. Andrew has worked as a Fellow at the Civic Consulting Alliance in Chicago and as a Consultant at Bain & Company. At Bain, he advised a variety of clients on growth strategy, merger integration, performance improvement, organization, and IT projects. He has also spent time working internationally at a microfinance institution in Kenya and as an English teacher in Thailand. Andrew is excited to help scale OpenBiome's operations as they reach increasingly more clinicians, patients, and advocates.

Laura Burns

Laura is a recent biomedical engineering graduate from Tufts University. Her previous research focused on cardiac repair and pharmaceutical operations, but her true interests lie within the gut. Laura hopes that as a part of the team she can work to optimize OpenBiome’s laboratory management and product pipeline. She is excited to continue developing solutions with the potential to deliver immense impacts.

Deberly Kauffman

Deberly is a recent graduate of Princeton University, with a concentration in anthropology. Her past research focused on non-profit marketing in classical music based on specific cultural values, but she is excited to explore another obscure anthropological interest, traditions and standards within the medical system, while at OpenBiome. Deberly loves non-profits, helping others whenever possible, and organization, so she’s especially delighted to support the OpenBiome team in any and all things administrative.

Gina Mendolia

Gina is a recent biochemistry and economics graduate of Middlebury College. Her research experience ranges from organic chemistry to economic growth modeling. She is excited to combine her laboratory skills with her passion for healthcare to further increase OpenBiome’s impact on FMT and microbiome research. She hopes to help expand OpenBiome’s clinical and research missions, as well as advance sample processing and encapsulation protocols. 

Nancy Dubois

Nancy is an experienced Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator and Project Manager. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from the University of San Francisco, Nancy practiced as a registered nurse in pediatrics at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, and spent more than five years as the primary Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator and Genetic Counselor at the Center for Human Genetics Research at Massachusetts General Hospital.  Nancy also served as a Product Marketing Manager at an international medical device corporation specializing in orthopedics and for a start-up that manufactured purified silk mesh medical devices. Currently, Nancy is completing a doctoral degree in nursing from Boston College where her academic interests lie in the microbiome and immunology. She holds a Master’s in Nursing Science from the University of Washington, with a specialization in clinical genetics and genetics counseling, and an MBA from Babson College. 

Board of Directors

Eric Alm

Eric Alm is an Associate Professor of Biological Engineering at MIT and an Associate Member of the Broad Institute. He holds degrees in Mathematics/Computer Science, Biology, and Biochemistry, and his current research covers diverse topics ranging from biofuels to human disease. He is passionate about using scientific discoveries and new technologies to solve real-world problems, and thrilled that OpenBiome provides an opportunity to translate human microbiome research into therapies that improve patients' lives.

Jim Burnham

Jim Burnham built a long career in business and software at several software startups, IBM, and Lotus Development, where he held several positions in sales and marketing before becoming the General Manager of the Desktop Software division when the company was acquired by IBM.  Jim began collaborating with Mark and James on OpenBiome in 2012 and worked behind the scenes to incorporate the company and build a governance model for this unique non-profit with its public health and research missions. Jim earned a BA in History from Yale University. 

Elliot Mattingly 

Elliot is currently an MBA candidate at Harvard Business School. Prior to business school, Elliot was a private equity associate at Bain Capital, where he focused on evaluating potential healthcare investments and working with healthcare portfolio companies. Before that, Elliot was a consultant at Bain & Company, where he worked to advise a variety of private equity and corporate clients in various industries. Elliot is passionate about contributing to the continued growth and success of OpenBiome!  

Neil Rasmussen

Neil Rasmussen is a Senior VP of Innovation for Schneider Electric. He establishes the technology direction for the world’s largest R&D budget devoted to power, cooling, and rack infrastructure for data centers. Neil holds 28 patents related to high-efficiency and high-density data center power and cooling infrastructure, and has published over 60 papers related to power and cooling systems, many published in more than 10 languages, most recently with a focus on the improvement of energy efficiency. He is an internationally recognized keynote speaker on the subject of high-efficiency data centers. Neil is currently working to advance the science of high-efficiency, high-density, scalable data center infrastructure solutions and is a principal architect of the APC InfraStruXure system. After founding APC in 1981, Neil served as Senior VP of Engineering and CTO for 26 years, assuming his current role after APC joined Schneider Electric in 2007. He received his bachelors and masters degrees in electrical engineering from MIT.

Jane Williams

Dr. Jane Williams has recently joined the Health and Medical Management team as a Medical Director at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts working with the Alternate Quality Contract Support team and supporting contracting, credentialing and corporate peer review committees.  She practiced family medicine for 14 years in the Merrimack Valley.  Most recently, Jane worked as a medical director at Parexel International providing scientific and strategic guidance to clients as well as supporting protocol development, regulatory submissions, evaluation of new technologies and safety monitoring.  Jane earned her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College, her doctor of medicine at Albany Medical College of Union University and a master’s degree in public health from the Harvard School of Public Health. 

Clinical Advisory Board

Dr. Kanchana Amaratunga, Infectious Disease and Epidemiology, Public Health Agency of Canada

Dr. Paul Beck, Professor, Division of Gastroenterology, University of Calgary

Dr. Michael Edmond, Professor of Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Iowa

Dr. Monika Fischer, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology/Hepatology, Indiana University

Dr. Ciaran Kelly, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Director of Gastroenterology Training and Medical Director of the Celiac Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Dr. Colleen Kelly, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Brown University

Dr. Richard Hunt, Professor of Medicine, McMaster University (Emeritus)

Dr. Paul Moayyedi, Professor of Medicine, Richard Hunt-Astra Zeneca Chair in Gastroenterology, McMaster University

Dr. Daniel Murphy, Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine, Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center 

Dr. Tim O’Shea, Assistant Professor, Division of Internal Medicine / Division of Infectious Disease, Department of Medicine, McMaster University

Dr. Neil Stollman, Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine, Northern California Gastroenterology Consultants

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Alumni

Albert Wang, software engineer

Allison Perrotta, PhD Candidate, MIT

Eliška Didyk, production and laboratory management

Emir Sandhu, MD Candidate, Harvard Medical School; MBA Candidate, Harvard Business School

Jonathan Barr, Associate, HealthCare Royalty Partners

Nicholas Lo, summer research intern