Our Team...


Sebastian Alvarado, PhD

Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Biology, Stanford University

Expertise and interests:
Genetics, Epigenetics, Biotechnology, Sociobiology and Evolutionary Biology

The focus of Sebastian's research has given him an extensive background on environment-gene (epigenetics) interactions and how they play important roles in the progression of cancer. He has applied his knowledge into exploring the role epigenetics plays in caste determination in ants, hibernation in squirrels, molecular signatures of chronic pain, and social dominance in cichlids. As an avid gamer and well read comic book enthusiast, his interest in how science is portrayed in popular media lead him to the foundation of Thwacke consulting. He enjoys being Batman in Arkham Asylum and blowing up friends in Bomberman.

Sebastian has worked in the private biotech sector at Bioren, Protelix, and Iogen for 4 years before pursuing an academic career in graduate studies. Having recently finished his PhD at McGill, he is now a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford.

Maral Tajerian, MSc, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Anesthesia, Stanford University

Expertise and interests:
Mechanisms of Pain, Aging, Neuroethology, sexual behavior

Maral has a background in biology and psychology and neuroscience, and has completed both her Master's and Doctoral degrees at McGill University. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow working on complex regional pain syndrome at Stanford University. Her research interests focus on the mechanisms and treatment of pain, as well as pain states in aging organisms. Maral is also trained in classical music (piano), speaks and writes six languages, and has experience working in various fields, such as teaching, marketing, modelling, etc. Her favorite activities outside work are reading, dancing, and playing video games.

Maral enjoys playing Fallout 3, the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney series, Dear Esther and Cleopatra: Queen of the Nile.

Kevin Neibert

PhD Candidate, Department of Pharmacology McGill University

Expertise and interests:
Nanotechnology, Nanomedicine and Pharmacology

Kevin is currently studying the pharmacology of cerium oxide nanoparticles in order to explore their value as antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. Being a nano-enthusiast, Kevin loves seeing how nanotechnology is portrayed in movies and in video games. Many science fiction books, movies and video games have employed nanotechnologies as benevolent medical cure-alls and as advanced weapons of war. Studying this material as an academic has given him a unique perspective of where we are now as a field and were we may be going in the future.

Kevin's favourite games are Civilization 4, Bioshock and Chronotrigger.

Ryan Anderson, PhD

Shoemaker Postdoctoral Fellow, U.S. Geological Survey Astrogeology Science Center

Expertise and interests:
Planetary science, astronomy, geology, physics, image processing, multivariate data analysis

Ryan has a background in Physics and Astrophysics and received his PhD in Planetary Science from Cornell University. His research led to the selection of Gale crater as the landing site for the upcoming Mars Science Laboratory rover "Curiosity", and he is on the science team for the ChemCam laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy instrument on Curiosity. He is eagerly looking forward to zapping Mars rocks with the ChemCam laser. Ryan has also been a payload downlink lead for the Pancam color cameras on the Mars Exploration Rovers since 2007.

Ryan's all-time favorite games are: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Age of Empires 2, Baldur's Gate 2, StarCraft, and Fallout 3. Note: All opinions and views expressed in association with Thwacke! consulting are personal and in no way represent NASA or the USGS.

Will Rosellini, JD, MDA, MSc

Director of Commercialization at the Texas Biomedical Device Center, University of Texas Dallas

Board Member of Marathon Patent Group, Rosellini Scientific and Microtransponder, University of Texas Dallas

Expertise and interests:
Neurotechnology, Neuroscience, Mechanical augmentation

Will Rosellini's PhD work is focused on evaluating the safety and efficacy of a novel form of neurostimulation called voltage-controlled capacitive discharge (VCCD). he was the founding CEO ofLexington Technology Group and Microtransponder, leading the development of a number of different medical devices through preclinical and clinical studies. During his tenure, he was named MTBC Tech Titan, GSEA Entrepreneur of the Year, and is currently a finalist for the O'Donell award given by the Texas Academy of Science,Engineering and Medicine.

Will's favorite game is Deus Ex and has served as a consultant on Deus Ex:Human Revolution where he wrote many scientific-based mechanical augmentation background. In addition, Will was a professional baseball pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Our extended network...

Our core group of expert consultants are joined with an extended network of over one hundred academics across several institutions around the world. Currently, our team has been trained out of McGill, Stanford and Oxford, putting us in touch with cutting-edge ideas, often before they reach publication.