Catherine Chen

Catherine Chen is currently a student at the University of British Columbia completing her B.Sc. in Biology. Previously, Catherine finished a Co-op work placement at the BC Cancer Agency in Vancouver before joining Microbiome Insights as a Lab Technician. Some hobbies of hers outside of work include reading novels, drawing, and watching films.

Seanon Crean

Seanon Crean has a BSc in Chemistry from University College Cork and a MSc in Pharmaceutical Business and Technology from Griffith College Dublin (Ireland). Her professional background extends from working in both laboratory and sales/service environments. At Microbiome Insights, she manages accounts related to Skin, Nutrition, Gut Health, and the Oral Microbiome.

Khoi Nguyen

Khoi is responsible for integrating sequencing data, ecological statistics and machine learning methods to study host-microbe interactions. Khoi graduated from the University of Alberta from the department of Agricultural, Food & Nutritional Science. There, he and his collaborators spearheaded efforts to understand how diet shapes human gut microbiomes and how their interactions influence health and disease. He has authored and co-authored publications in leading scientific journals such as Microbiome and Cell-Host & Microbe.

Ben Amuwo

Ben Amuwo recently completed a B.Sc. in Biology at the University of British Columbia, and has amassed a wealth of experience in sales and ecological study. As Microbiome Insights’ Project Coordinator, he works to promote smooth workflow while enhancing the experience and satisfaction of our clients. Ben has a passion for ecological sciences and scientific research, and hopes to continue growing his expertise in the field of microbiomes.

Hatem Dhaker

Hatem is a passionate software developer with an academic background in computer science. He brings to Microbiome Insights nearly 8 years of experience in software design, architecture, and development with a wide range of technologies at local startups and international organizations. Prior to joining the company, Hatem worked as a full stack software developer with the Vanbex group, where he helped build and launch several successful blockchain products. When he is away from the keyboard, Hatem can be found cycling, hiking, and exploring the natural wonders of beautiful British Columbia.

Ben Tantika

Ben earned his B.Sc. (Hons) and M.Sc. from the University of British Columbia, concentrating on Microbiology, Molecular Biology, and Genetics. During his undergraduate and graduate thesis study, he conducted research on wine microbes with the goal of unlocking the mysteries of how microorganisms affect wine’s sensorial and chemical profiles. Ben previously worked as research technician and Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) technician specializing in all things related to Sanger and Illumina NGS DNA Sequencing technology. Ben joined Microbiome Insights in 2018, bringing more than six years of experience in advanced techniques in both wet and dry lab settings.

Mike Liggett

Michael Liggett brings 30 years of experience in the health care and finance industries. Michael was a practicing pharmacist for 7 years before obtaining his training and certification as a Chartered Accountant. After spending 7 years at Price Waterhouse Coopers (then Price Waterhouse), he joined Inflazyme Pharmaceuticals Ltd. in the capacity of Chief Financial Officer. He provided leadership through multiple financings and other strategic initiatives before successfully transitioning the company to establish its footprint in the forestry sector as Eacom Timber. His background includes over 14 years as a public company CFO with strategic and operational expertise and proven success in finance, M&A, strategic partnerships, restructurings, and risk management. BSc in Pharmaceutical sciences at the University of British Columbia. Chartered Accountant designation.

 

Pedro Dimitriu

Pedro Dimitriu is MBI’s senior scientist and Senior Director of bioinformatics. He is in charge of integrating sequencing data, ecological statistics, and machine learning methods to study host–microbe interactions. Before joining the company, Pedro was a postdoctoral fellow at UBC’s Department of Microbiology and Immunology. There, he and his collaborators spearheaded efforts to understand how the human gut and lung microbiomes interact to influence health and disease. He has authored and co-authored publications in the leading scientific journals Science Translational Medicine, American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, and Journal of Allergy and Clinical immunology.

Erick Cardenas

Erick Cardenas is MBI’s Senior Director of Bioinformatics and Gut Health Program Manager. He earned his B.Sc. from Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina, and his Ph.D. from Michigan State University. Erick has conducted research on the role of microbial communities in bioremediation, plant-growth promotion in biofuel crops, and nutrient cycling in forest soils. He brings to MBI expertise in the analysis of metagenomes, and in the development of statistical and bioinformatics tools.

Yuling Li

Yuling earned her MD from Shanghai Medical University (currently known as Fudan University) in China. After practicing medicine in China, Yuling relocated to Canada where she began working as a laboratory technician and research assistant. Over the years she has held positions at the BC Cancer Research Center, the Department of Ophthalmology at UBC, and the Michael Smith Labs where she resided for 15 years prior to her role at Microbiome Insights. Yuling is proficient at molecular biology techniques and DNA cloning, real time PCR, and PCR. She has worked alongside Brett Finlay and Bill Mohn, with an evolving skill set that continues to develop with the emerging field of microbial sciences.