Arnon Lavie, PhD
Arnon Lavie obtained his PhD degree from Brandeis University (Waltham, MA) and completed his post-doctoral training at the Max Plank Institute in Dortmund, Germany. In 1999 Arnon joined the University of Illinois at Chicago where he became a full Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics in 2010. He is an expert structural biologist with documented success in modifying the substrate specificity of medically relevant enzymes. Arnon is the author of over 80 peer-reviewed publications. Arnon has multiple patents and has licensed several of his discoveries.
Hien Anh Nguyen, PhD
Chief Scientific Officer
Hien Anh Nguyen was the first laureate out of the 4,800 graduated engineers in 2007 from the Hanoi University of Technology in Vietnam. Multiple competitive cultural, linguistic and career development fellowships deepened her connection to France where she obtained a Master’s degree in Biotechnology from the University of Bourgogne; a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Grenoble and a post-PhD experience in Bioinformatics from the Institute Curie. Leaving Paris was not an easy decision, but joining Dr. Lavie's lab at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2013 is one that she embraces. Having worked in many international institutes on different continents and authored numerous peer-reviewed articles tackling different angles of the Life Sciences, Hien-Anh is now committed to bringing her knowledge, know-how and innate entrepreneurial spirit to develop better and safer therapeutic cancer drugs to patients.
Amanda M. Schalk, PhD
Chief Operating Officer
Amanda earned her undergrad degree in biochemistry on a full-ride scholarship from Eastern Michigan University and went abroad to Goettingen, Germany to earn her Master's and PhD degrees in Molecular Biology from the prestigious International Max Planck Research School for Molecular Biology and the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry. She spent 5 years as a postdoc in the lab of Dr. Lavie at the University of Illinois at Chicago characterizing the structures and enzymatic activities of L-asparaginases, resulting in multiple first author peer-reviewed publications. She also has experience as the operations manager at a startup where she also has gained experience as a virtual lab manager.
Ying is a very enthusiastic medical scientist, whose diligence, expansive knowledge and experience in research methods, and demand for top quality work add another valuable add another layer of expertise to the EbD team. She has been working as a Senior Research Specialist and Lab Manager for the past 14 years at University of Illinois at Chicago. Never shrinking from a challenge, Ying hikes and mountain bikes through dangerous terrain in her free time.