Meet our team

As with the platform, the JOGL team is made up of people from all over the world who work together to provide a good experience for our users.

  • Leo Blondel

    Co-Founder & CTO

    • PhD student in Computational Biology, long experience in academia with a master at the Ecole Normale Superieure (ENS) ULM. Currently finishing his PhD at Harvard University on diverse topics around Evo-Devo of Arthropods.

    • Expertise in Data Science and Machine Learning with a focus on sequence data and image analysis.

    • Participates to interdisciplinary projects, recently with a collaboration with Marc Santolini on the extraction and analysis the iGEM competition.

    • Helped the european union parliament on science policy surrounding green energy transition.

    • Open Science and Open Source advocate through participation in multiple projects since childhood. Child of the cypherpunk hacker subculture.

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  • Thomas Landrain

    Co-Founder & CEO

    • One of the pioneers behind the DIYbio (Do-it-yourself Biology) and Open Science movements and communities. He founded in 2011 La Paillasse in Paris, the first French open lab who became one of the largest ones in the world. Helped hundreds of projects, impacted thousands of people worldwide.

    • Bootstrapped synthetic biology in France as an academic researcher. He co-founded the first French iGEM team in 2007. He co-built the first dedicated research lab to synthetic biology in 2008 where he started his PhD. He published 9 peer-reviewed papers during that time.

    • Decided to leave academia to focus entirely on building and experimenting with alternatives to a rusty academic system for the production of open knowledge and innovations, through La Paillasse first and now with JOGL.

    • Co-Founded in 2015 the synthetic biology company PILI who is bringing the first sustainable alternative to petrochemistry for making dyes at industrial scale. PILI is now a 15 employees-strong R&D company and has raised more than $8M.

    • He is a member of the French National Digital Council where he pilots the working group on ecological transition.

    • Speaks worldwide on open research, DIYbio, collective intelligence and future of communities, science and innovation at gathering such as TEDx, Lift, OuiShareFest, MIT CommunityBio, CollaborAmerica Brazil, FoundersForum UK, MakerFaire Shenzhen and AfricaOSH.

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  • Marc Santolini

    Co-Founder & CSO

    • Team leader in network science at CRI Paris, visiting researcher at the Network Science Institute of Northeastern University and at Harvard Medical School (Boston)

    • 10+ years of experience in theoretical physics and network science in prestigious universities (ENS Paris, Princeton, Northeastern, Harvard), with applications to biological, medical, and social contexts

    • Study the complex network effects underlying collaboration performance, in particular in Open Science contexts.

    • Received in 2018 the Sage Bionetworks “Young Investigators Award” for his work on “Algorithms and the role of the individual”

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  • Gameli Adzaho

    JOGL Africa Manager

    • Gameli is an Environment and Human Health professional, researcher, educator, and community leader passionate about sustainable change through social innovation

    • Has experience across public health, technology, education, and the civic sector in Ghana, and was a recent Research Fellow with the Weizenbaum Institute in Berlin, Germany.

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  • Heloísa Oss Boll

    Community Engagement Intern

    Heloísa has been involved in the open science and open technology universe since the beginning of her Biotechnology career.

    Since then, she has engaged in different open communities and synthetic biology initiatives, such as iGEM and SynBio Brasil.

    She works in the engagement side of JOGL to support and flourish the ever-growing, amazing JOGL community.

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  • Lucie Bouvier

    Junior UX/UI Designer

    • Currently studying towards a Master’s degree “expert in digital communication engineering” from web school Hetic, specializing in UX/UI design.

    • Passionate about the art, science and history. 👩🏻‍💻Creates interfaces and architecture for websites and applications that meet user needs, illustrations, augmented reality designs and more.

    • Have worked in various web design roles for companies like Digiticks, Agence numérique and Laboratoire de la Banque de France.

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  • Christopher LB Graham

    Open Science and Peer Review Coordinator

    • Chris is a PhD student from the University of Warwick, with a spécialisation in cell envelopes and antibiotics.

    • In early 2020 he co-founded the COVID relief and open source engineering charity « Helpful Engineering » and helped create the first crowd sourced reviewing system

    • He started his academic career early, with his first grant achieved during his undergraduate studies in 2016 and hopes to create a fairer and more inclusive academic world as a team member at JOGL using it’s progressive and open philosophy to give the theories and spending of science budgets back to the young.

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  • Luca Haenel

    Lead Frontend Developer

    • Responsible for the JOGL website & platform development.

    • Graduated with a Master's degree "expert in digital communication engineering" from web school HETIC.

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  • Paige Perillat-Piratoine

    Community and Partnerships

    • Has a background in Geography & Urban Agriculture learning how to build systems in hydroponics & aquaponics, and how to apply those business models in an urban context.

    • Before this, Paige was a project lead for a placemaking project in East London helping transform a derelict high street into a community powered pilot for the future of the neighborhood.

    • Passionate about Biodesign - occasionally recording interviews with the bold experimentors in this field + co-organising monthly community meets for the biocommunity in Europe.

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  • Shrestha Rath

    Community Engagement Intern

    Shrestha is responsible for organising events for our wider community to connect meaningfully and looks after growing the size and diversity of the JOGL community.

    She graduated with a Master's in Biological Sciences.

    Hailing from India, she is passionate about innovating for environmental and human health using synthetic biology.

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  • Anthony Shull

    Senior Backend Developer

    • Senior Back End Developer with twelve years of experience.

    • He currently lives in Austin, Texas, USA.

    • When he isn’t in front of a computer, he enjoys reading and competing in endurance sports.

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  • Gilles Vaillon

    Administrative Assistant

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  • Erikan Baluku

    JOGL Ambassador - Africa

    Baluku Erikan is a graduate of medical laboratory technology from Makerere University, currently coordinating Ambassador program at Synbio Africa, volunteering as JOGL Ambassador and an iGEM Ambassador to Africa. He is a laboratory technologist at King Ceaser University, Uganda. He works in the laboratory and research sector of SynBio Africa in suggesting possible research ideas to carry out in the field of Synthetic biology to embrace research in Africa. He has worked on projects including plastic biodegradation in Uganda using PETase and Using Crispr Cas13 technique in designing low-cost diagnostic visualized by lateral flow readout. He has research interests in the areas in Microbiology, Molecular biology, Synthetic biology and phages.

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  • Gokul Bhaskaran

    JOGL Ambassador - India

    Completed Bachelor of Science-Master of Science dual degree from IISER, Berhampur. Curious and passionate in open science, outreach and community engagement.

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  • Alex Kyabarongo

    JOGL Ambassador - Africa

    Alex is a veterinary science candidate at Makerere University school of Veterinary Medicine, an iGEMer (2018), emeritus iGEM Ambassador to Africa (2020), and current iGEM Regional Ambassador Program Coordinator for Africa. He is an executive member of Synbio Africa and the Co-Founder of Center for STEM Education and Research (CeSTER) Foundation, a community lab start-up based in Uganda whose vision is to establish grassroot concepts of STEM science program, synthetic and systems biology, DIY bio and Open science access in the region.

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  • Annika Shi

    JOGL Ambassador - China

    Senior student at Beijing No.4 High School. Member of After iGEM and CCiC.

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