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MEET THE TEAM

Joe Cohen

At the age of 25, with lots of questions and few satisfying answers, Joe decided to embark on a journey of self-experimentation - something that has since become known as "bio-hacking". 

Thousands of experiments later, he is now a thriving writer, speaker, entrepreneur, and founder of SelfHacked, SelfDecode, and LabTestAnalyzer.

Joe has been independently researching health and science for over 15 years. After doing 2 years of pre-med coursework and getting over the 99th percentile on the GRE, he decided that getting a PhD wasn't for him, since he liked to do broader/big picture research rather than narrow his focus on a specific field. He has read through thousands of research papers and regularly speaks with the top scientists in various fields to be up to date on the latest research.

His published works include "SelfHacked Secrets" and "Biohacking Insomnia" where he shares some of the most powerful insights from his research.

He has spoken at RAADfest, Biohacker Summit, and the Silicon Valley Health Institute.

Joe is still a significant contributor of the content of SelfHacked and is the general magic behind the scenes that makes things happen.

Favorite biohacks: Lectin Avoidance Diet, Sun, Blocking light at night, Circadian rhythm entrainment, Pregnenolone, Microdosing THC, Butyrate, Curcumin, Galantamine, Nicotine, etc…

Role: Joe is the Founder and CEO

Jonathan Ritter, PharmD, PhD

Jonathan received his PharmD in 2006 from Wilkes University and his PhD in pharmacology from Georgetown University in 2012.

Jonathan is an experienced scientist in the fields of pharmacology, neuroscience, developmental neurobiology, and physiology with clinical experience in areas such as pharmacy/therapeutics, natural products, psychopharmacology, oncology, and toxicology.

Jonathan is committed to helping individuals achieve optimal health and wellness through education and self-empowerment. He believes that personalized nutrition and medicine is the key to unlocking one's maximum potential.

His personal interests include finance, literature, biohacking, nootropics, and brewing sake.

Role: Jonathan is a reviewer and writer at SelfHacked. He also acts as a scientist and content provider for SelfDecode and LabTestAnalyzer.

Nattha Wannissorn, PhD, RHN, FDN-P, Pn1

Nattha received her PhD in Molecular Genetics from University of Toronto in 2016.

Aside from having spent 12 years in biomedical research, Nattha is also a registered holistic nutritionist, a certified personal trainer, has a precision nutrition level 1 certification, and is a certified functional diagnostic nutrition practitioner. As a holistic practitioner with a strong science background, Nattha is an advocate of science literacy in health topics and self-experimentation.

Favorite biohacks: Sauna, red/infrared light, and magnesium

Role: Nattha is the chief scientist at SelfHacked and a consultant for SelfDecode.

Biljana Novkovic, PhD

Biljana received her PhD in Evolutionary Biology, in the field of Ecological Genetics. Before joining SelfHacked, she was a research scientist with extensive field and laboratory experience.

She is passionate about finding answers to the how and why of health, wellbeing, and life in general. As the understanding of our physical and mental wellbeing is constantly evolving, she believes that SelfHacked is the best place to keep up with all the knowledge, ideas and latest research on these subjects.

Favorite biohacks: Meditation, Tea, Hiking, Sleep, Yoga, Olive Oil, Magnesium

Role: Biljana is the project manager of LabTestAnalyzer.

Ana Aleksic, MS

Ana holds an MS in Pharmacy and has many years of experience in clinical research and health advising.

She loves communicating science and empowering people to achieve their optimal health. Ana spent years working with patients who suffer from various mental health issues and chronic health problems. She is a strong advocate of integrating scientific knowledge and holistic medicine.

Favorite biohacks: adaptogens, gut-brain interaction, nootropics, stress reduction

Role: Ana is the project manager of SelfDecode.

Caroline Lam, MS

Caroline has a MS in molecular biology from California State University, Fullerton and a BS from University of California, Irvine. She is passionate about getting rid of the barriers to scientific knowledge.

Role: Caroline is the Project Manager of SelfHacked | Science Writer and Editor at SelfHacked.

Brendan Swan, PhD

Brendan has had a fascination with human genetics from an early age. His PhD was undertaken at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. It involved developing a method for identifying mutations that cause neuro-developmental disorders, with emphasis placed on autism. He then investigated the causative mechanism of the mutations to gain insight to how these disorders arise.

To Brendan, SelfDecode represents the future of health and wellbeing. A tool that provides personalized information about an individual’s genetic variations. A place for people to learn about how they can align their lifestyles with their genetic makeup in order to have longer, healthier, and happier lives.

Favorite biohacks: Fasting (weekly 36-48 hour fasts), Meditation, Cold showers, Standing desk, White noise in the evenings, Outdoor exercise (especially around dusk and dawn), Yoga, Modafinil

Role: Brendan is a project manager and chief scientist at SelfDecode and contributes to SelfHacked and SelfDecode content.

Evguenia Alechine, PhD, ELS

Evguenia received a PhD in Biochemistry in the area of Human Genetics and has a masters in Biomedical Sciences. She was an academic scientist for eight years, and currently she is a certified Editor in the Life Sciences (ELS).

She is passionate about communicating scientific advances both to the scientific community and to the public.

She lives a healthy lifestyle and her mission is to make the world a healthier place by delivering scientific research to a broad audience.

Favorite biohacks: acroyoga, healthy food, sleep, intermittent fasting, ginger, turmeric, echinacea, chamomile, lavender, coconut oil

Role: Evguenia is a science editor at SelfHacked.

Carlos Tello, PhD

Carlos received his PhD (plant molecular biology) and MS (biochemistry and molecular biology) from the Universidad de Sevilla, in Spain. He has multiple publications of his research at various scientific journals and can speak 4 languages.

Role: Carlos is a science writer at SelfHacked.

Chelsea Paresi, PhD (biomedical science)

Chelsea has PhD in biomedical science from Cornell University and a BS in Chemistry from Westminster College. She's spent more than 8 years in the laboratory researching a wide range of topics including small molecule discovery for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease and cancer. She also has experience as a clinical scientist working in an embryology lab.

Chelsea is passionate about using food as medicine and feels that the future of treating disease will rely on a better understanding of personalized medicine based on genetics.

Favorite biohacks: whole foods, yoga, meditation, elderberry

Role: Chelsea is a science writer at SelfHacked.

Matt Carland, PhD candidate (2018)

Matt holds multiple degrees in psychology, cognitive science, and neuroscience. He has over a decade of experience in academic research and has published a number of articles in scholarly journals.

He currently works as a neuropsychologist in Montreal, where he performs research on the links between personality traits and the development of clinical disorders such as addiction, compulsive gambling, and disordered eating.

Favorite biohacks: pets, positive thinking, and anti-oxidants from red wine

Role: Matt is a science editor and psychometric consultant at SelfHacked.

Matt Lehrer, PhD candidate (2018)

Matt is a PhD candidate at The University of Texas at Austin pursuing an interdisciplinary degree in behavioral health, nutritional sciences, and quantitative methods. He holds an MS in behavioral health and a BS in exercise science. As a scientist, Matt believes his job is not only to produce knowledge, but to share it with a wide audience.

Favorite biohacks: lectin avoidance/ketogenic diet, weight lifting, running sprints, circadian rhythm optimization, sun exposure, meditation

Role: Matt is a science writer for SelfHacked.

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