The scientifyRESEARCH Team

Judy Mielke, PhD
"Chief Research Advocate" | Founder

Judy is passionate about research and researchers - so much so that she launched scientifyRESEARCH to help researchers have better access to funding information. Judy was a researcher and has worked with researchers for over 20 years and in multiple countries, including the USA, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Switzerland and Sweden. 

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Kate Gardner
"Chief Researcher Communicator" | Co-founder

Kate joins scientifyRESEARCH as co-founder after 8 years with an open access publisher in Switzerland and the USA and a former profession as a Child Life Specialist. She is keen to accelerate scientific discovery worldwide with tools to increase efficiency at the funding stage. She sees this role as a culmination of her two careers, bridging experience as a helping professional and publishing knowledge. Kate is dedicated to open science and food.

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Amrita Chowdhury
Digital Content Producer and Marketer

Amrita is a content developer with five years of experience at eminent EdTech companies. She is passionate about reaching and communicating with people worldwide through her content. She is excited about creating great content for greater reach. She is well-versed in education systems, pedagogy, and has experience with content editing, content marketing and leading a team. She is an ardent reader, a foodie and loves to visit new places.

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Cem Altiner
Frontend Developer

Cem is a front-end developer with e-commerce experience of nearly a decade. Creating functional and visually pleasing websites and apps is his passion. Due to his graphic design background, he has an eye for detail. He enjoys taking photos, learning new things, and cooking.

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Smita Chakraborty, PhD
Data Scientist

Smita is a researcher and a data scientist who recently finished her Ph.D. in theoretical particle physics at Lund University. She is passionate about open-source software, machine learning and artificial intelligence networks. Besides her research interest in big data, she is also keen about innovation in industry. In her role at scientifyRESEARCH, she is responsible for developing the natural language processing algorithm of our database. She is funded by the Vinnova grant for EU Marie Curie fellows in Sweden. She has been engaged with pedagogy, higher education institutions, internationalization and diversity during her Ph.D. Apart from her research work, Smita is an avid traveller and enjoys writing, painting and gardening. 

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Kaushik Mitra, PhD
Machine Learning Advisor

Kaushik is a Research Scientist at Meta. He works in the field of Applied AI and Machine Learning and is helping us build an AI system that can best serve our users as we scale our research funding database and make it universally accessible and useful.

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Mahroo Shiranzaei, PhD
Data Science Advisor

Mahroo is a research-enthusiast data scientist who holds a Ph.D. in condensed matter physics and believes that research is the base of industry. She is a hands-on problem solver by means of different machine learning algorithms. Apart from her strong ability to analyze complex systems, she believes that studying physics led her to care about details while being big-picture oriented. Her passion is to exchange ideas and cooperate with colleagues diverse in their expertise, in a multi-disciplinary area, which advances her knowledge and skills. Nature, Photography, and traveling bring joy to her life.

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Stephan Zimmer, PhD
Data Science Advisor

Following his career in Astrophysics, Stephan has been active as data analytics professional for 3+ years and brings a diverse skill set ranging from experience of setting up data projects in the cloud to developing statistical algorithms with well over a decade of programming experience. He enjoys cooking, traveling and photography.

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Viviana Lutzky, PhD
Content Producer: Spanish Language

Viviana is a medical scientist with more than 20 years of experience in biomedical research. She did her PhD in Argentina before moving to Australia to continue her research career and is currently based at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute. She is passionate about improving human health by developing novel therapeutic strategies for the treatment of chronic inflammatory diseases. She also has vast experience in proofreading, editing and reviewing scientific articles and she is fluent in Spanish and English.

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Our Advisors

Michelle Ponto
PR & Communications

Michelle is an Emmy-nominated journalist and communications consultant who is passionate about science, green tech and innovations that support environmental resilience. She has spent the last 25 years working with clients all over the world to develop strategic communication plans that range from product and brand launches, to boosting online audiences and customer engagement, to creating personal brands for C-Levels.

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Ingmar Broemstrup, PhD
Business Strategy

Ingmar is Partner & Managing Director at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and Leader of BCG's Financial Institutions Practice in North America. Ingmar understands the landscape of academic funding globally and best practices for sustainable research services start-ups.

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Aida Paniccia, PhD
Research Strategy

Aida has over 10 years of international experience (Italy, Sweden, Switzerland) in biomedical research, project management and science communication, and currently leads the Research Strategy & Communication Office at the San Raffaele Telethon Institute for Gene Therapy. She is passionate about improving the way academic research is managed, assessed and shared, with a special focus on the role of early career scientists.

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Natasha Chrisandina
Researcher Insights

Natasha is a chemical engineering PhD student at Texas A&M University in the USA whose research centers around designing more sustainable and resilient chemical processes. She is also passionate about increasing the visibility of scientific research to the widest audience possible, through supporting science communication training for graduate students and promoting open access publishing.

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Lance Presser, PhD
Researcher Insights

Lance Presser is a scientist in the Center for Infectious Disease Research, Diagnostics, and Laboratory Surveillance at the National Institute for Public Health and Environment in the Netherlands. His primary interests are clinical virology, molecular diagnostics, capacity building, laboratory/pandemic preparedness and outbreak response. 

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Suyuan Chen
Researcher Insights

Suyuan Chen a chemical biologist for chemical proteomics research at the Leibniz-Institut für Analytische Wissenschaften – ISAS e.V. in Germany, whose interests are developing chemical tools for proteomics and structural proteomics research, drug targets and binding sites identification, as well as state-of-the-art technology for drug discovery. He is also enthusiastic about promoting better career development for scientists.

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Alexis Ceasrine, PhD
Researcher Insights

Alexis started as a postdoctoral researcher at Duke University in 2019 after earning her PhD from Johns Hopkins University. She is passionate about understanding how the maternal environment influences prenatal brain development, with the hope of eventually developing preventative measures for many neuropsychiatric disorders. She also likes problem-solving and science writing (despite spending many years avoiding it). In her spare time she loves to be outside and take care of her three dogs, cat, and toddler. She is keen to help us find solutions for improving the benefits details listed in our postdoctoral funding opportunities. 

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