Adrian Matuk

Adrian Matuk, B.Eng., MBA, is an operational executive with more than 22 years of diverse international experience, covering the full breadth of the value chain, with particular strength in operational transformation and scale-up (including design for Lean), program management, and leadership development. Adrian’s experience includes 7 years in the clinical laboratory industry. 

He has a strong track record of aligning organizations to support corporate strategy and of delivering significant improvements in team engagement, customer satisfaction, operating effectiveness and value for owners. 
 
Adrian is passionate about people, design, science, and engineering, and is driven by his professional mission to unleash and focus the power of teams to enable organizations to achieve their strategic growth objectives.   

Outside of work, Adrian enjoys spending outdoor time with his family and friends, and is an avid cyclist, stand-up-paddle boarder and snowboarder.  

Ana Yun

Ana is a purpose-driven marketing leader with expertise in branding, marketing strategies, and product management. Her keen interest in innovation, combined with passion for enabling better health, have led her to life sciences sector where she is helping the commercialization efforts of the Microbiome Insights Personal Health Platform. Prior to joining Microbiome Insights, Ana worked as a brand and marketing manager for a number of consumer packaged goods companies, as well as an account manager for two advertising agencies. Ana has recently completed her M.B.A. at Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the Plekhanov University of Economics in Moscow, Russia. Ana has lived in 3 countries, has attended 3 universities, and speaks 3 languages.

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.

Karl Moran

Karl Moran has a B.Sc. in Pharmacology from University College Dublin (Ireland). He brings over 5 years of clinical research and project management experience to the company. Prior to joining the team Karl worked as a Project Manager for Icon Clinical Research, where he managed the laboratory testing and operations for a number of clinical trials. At Microbiome Insights, he manages accounts related to Skin, Nutrition, Gut Health and the Oral Microbiome.

Nataša Jovic

Nataša Jovic brings over twenty years of therapeutic and diagnostic commercialization experience to the company.  Prior to joining Microbiome Insights, Nataša was Senior Director of Marketing for Notal Vision Inc. launching the first at-home monitoring platform in Ophthalmology, ForeseeHome®, for Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD). Previous to her role with Notal, she was responsible for the U.S. marketing efforts for Visudyne®, the first pharmacotherapy for wet AMD, with QLT Inc. before the product was acquired by Valeant Pharmaceuticals Inc. for $112.5M.  Nataša holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of British Columbia and a M.B.A. from the Segal Graduate School of Business at Simon Fraser University.

Bill Mohn

Dr. William (Bill) Mohn is a Professor in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology in the Life Sciences Institute at the University of British Columbia. Bill earned his B.A. from Colgate University and his Ph.D. from Michigan State. He was a Research Associate at the National Research Council of Canada in Ottawa prior to moving to UBC as an Assistant professor in 1993.

Bill has done pioneering research on bacterial metabolism of chlorinated compounds, lignocellulose, terpenoids, and steroids. He is a leader in microbial ecology and development of methods to investigate highly complex microbial communities, and is internationally recognized for his research.

Bill’s current research employs classical, molecular, genomic, and metagenomic approaches to study (1) interactions between the host microbiome and immune system, (2) forest soil microbial ecology, and (3) bacterial metabolism of lignocellulose and steroids. He was awarded the UBC Killam Research Prize and the Canadian Society of Microbiologists Murray Award for career achievement. He was elected to both The American Academy of Microbiology and the Board of Directors of the International Society for Microbial Ecology. Pseudomonas mohnii was named in recognition of his pioneering contributions.

Bill has over 135 peer-reviewed publications and has led or co-led several interdisciplinary collaborative research projects. He served on the Editorial Boards of Applied & Environmental Microbiology and Microbial Ecology and on advisory boards for several major research initiatives. Currently, he serves on the Earth and Biological Sciences Directorate Advisory Committee at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Bill teaches microbial ecophysiology and has supervised 19 postdocs, 34 graduate students and 52 undergraduate researchers.

Examples of recent publications

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Cait A, Hughes MR, Antignano F, Cait J, Dimitriu PA, Maas KR, Reynolds LA, Hacker L, Mohr J, Finlay BB, Zaph C, McNagny KM, Mohn WW. 2017. Microbiome-driven allergic lung inflammation is ameliorated by short chain fatty acids. Mucosal Immunology, 11:785–795.

Holert J, Cardenas E, Bergstrand L, Zaikova E, Hahn A, Hallam SJ, Mohn WW. 2018. Metagenomes reveal global distribution of bacterial steroid catabolism in natural, engineered and host environments. mBio 9:e02345-17.

Sze MA, Dimitriu PA, Suzuki M, McDonough JE, Campbell JD, Brothers JF, Erb-Downward JR, Huffnagle GB, Hayashi S, Elliott WM, Cooper J, Sin DD, Lenburg ME, Spira A, Mohn WW, Hogg JC. 2015. The Host Response to the Lung Microbiota in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, 192(4):438-445.

Wilhelm RC, Singh R, Eltis LD, Mohn WW. 2019. Bacterial contributions to delignification and lignocellulose degradation in forest soils with metagenomic and quantitative stable isotope probing. ISME J, 13:413–429.

Levy-Booth DJ, Giesbrecht IJW, Kellogg CTE, Heger TJ, D’Amore DV, Keeling PJ, Hallam SJ, Mohn WW. 2018. Seasonal and ecohydrological regulation of active microbial populations involved in DOC, CO2 and CH4 fluxes in temperate rainforest soil. ISME J. DOI https://doi.org/10.1038/s41396-018-0334-3

 

 

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.