The BioCollective | About Us
Meet the key team members behind The BioCollective.
Chief Executive Revolutionary
Martha has the unique ability to connect seemingly unrelated things to solve problems in new ways. Her study of genetics, nutrition, biology, chemistry, neuroscience and epigenetics began in 2002 when her husband was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD). Martha saw the gut’s connection to chronic disease after reading Dr. Martin Blaser’s Missing Microbes in 2014, later connecting it to Dr. Filip Scheperjans’ research on the microbiome and PD. She is a seasoned and successful executive, a systems thinker, and a creative problem solver. Martha is an investor in We Are Curious, a personal health data management and discovery platform and in Pure Cultures, an agricultural probiotics technology company. While revolutionaries are known to overthrow old ways of thinking, Martha does this in her sleep.
Jack Gilbert, PhD.
Chief Microbiome Mutineer
Jack's career is replete with revolutionary scientific thinking, as he develops and applies his brainpower to a vast array of exciting ideas. Before coming to America to reinvent scientific collaboration, Jack studied butterflies, lake bacteria, antifreeze proteins in the Antarctic, biochemistry in Canada, and the seasonal pulse of marine bacteria in the ocean. He is an innovator in microbiome research, with a true understanding of the power of collaboration and communal thought. He has published more than 200 peer reviewed scientific articles, breaking down boundaries between scientific disciplines along the way. And now, his revolutionary scientific spirit is making microbiome magic with The BioCollective.
Suzanne Vernon, PhD.
Chief Scientific Revolutionary
Suzanne was one of the first to bring BIG DATA science to population-based research. She led an eclectic team of microbiologists, epidemiologists, engineers, physicists and molecular biologists to collect, aggregate, integrate and analyze at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She then spearheaded patient-centered research in the nonprofit sector. Suzanne received her Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Microbiology from Colorado State University, her PhD in Virology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a National Science Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Now Suzanne is bringing her expertise and experience in taking a systems approach to research directly to consumers at The BioCollective.