The Revolutionaries


Martha Carlin, 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, 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.


Dr. Raul Cano, Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Cano’s microbiology career spans for more than 50 years, with extensive experience both in Biotechnology and Academia. Dr. Cano specializes in molecular and environmental microbiology. He is best known for his groundbreaking work in paleomicrobiology and metagenomics. His current interest focuses in metagenomics and comparative metabolomics, as well as developing standard procedures of microbiome research. His Ph.D. in microbiology was granted by the University of Montana. Dr. Cano also holds advanced degrees in Genetics and Clinical Microbiology. He has been awarded over a dozen awards, including the prestigious Carski Award, written numerous peer-reviewed publications as well as several textbooks and laboratory procedures manuals. Dr. Cano has served as scientific consultant to several Biotechnology firms, and has been elected fellow to the American Academy of Microbiology.