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

    Program 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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  • Joy King'ori

    Project Assistant, JOGL Africa

    • Joy is passionate working in projects that transform, impact change and add value in the society.

    • She has a master in European project planning and management and have been involved in several Horizon 2020 green deal projects.

    • She finds it exciting as projects consist of operations and strategies which provide light and success at the end.

    • Joining JOGL Africa is a great opportunity for Joy, the platform community is unique and brings diverse innovations and skills from across the world.

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  • Marianna Limas

    Social Media Manager

    • Marianna joined JOGL to communicate the latest news about the platform and its projects on social media.

    • She is interested in the movement to advance open science, and initiatives that increase access to low-cost, open source scientific tools.

    • She is also interested in the practice of communicating science-related topics to non-experts, the role of biology in mitigating the consequences of climate change, and initiatives that improve diversity and inclusion in STEM.

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  • Gaëll Mainguy

    Board Member

    • Holds a doctorate in neurobiology and a degree from the Ecole Normale Supérieure.

    • First worked in the world of research at INSERM and Veolia.

    • Then coordinated several projects for NGOs and public and private organizations in neuroscience, collective intelligence, sustainable development and energy.

    • In 2008, he founded S.A.P.I.E.E.N.S., an open access, multidisciplinary journal, which aims to encourage research in sustainable development and advance legislation in this area.

    • Convinced that societal transformations and ecological awareness require a paradigm shift in education, he joined the Centre de Recherches Interdisciplinaires (CRI) in Paris in 2012, where he is now Director of Development and International Relations.

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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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  • Débora Silveira

    Frontend Developer

    Débora is a former Metallurgical Engineer, who decided to focus on technology. Studied full-stack software development at Trybe school and currently is pursuing a second degree, in Systems Analysis and Development.

    Founder and organizer of a community for women in tech, she believes that diversity and inclusiveness are fundamental points to make the world a better place for all.

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  • Gilles Vaillon

    Administrative Assistant

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  • Camille Larmanou


    Camille joined JOGL to help build quality partnerships. He's passionate about the science of collective intelligence and co-founded the first ever Master's degree devoted to the subject, alongside cognitive scientists. His main career focuses on using the wisdom of crowds to make more accurate predictions on anything from the spread of infectious disease, to elections, innovation and public policy. "Intelligence is collective". His highly irrelevant education in European Affairs at the Sorbonne means he can occasionally explain the EU to unsuspecting victims.

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