Genetic Eve was born out of a strong desire to share the informative data our maternal linkage offers each of us to optimize our energy.
All energy comes from one place, the Mitochondria, and all Mitochondria come from just a handful of maternal ancestors.
Founder Dr. Deborah Dunn has given her professional life to medicine, and now she is generously opening her waiting room to the world.
Meet Genetic Eve Family. Your genetic super heroes are busy helping us create a new website!
Dr. Deborah Dunn MD, MPH -- Genetic Eve 'J'
Dr. Deborah Dunn MD, MPH is a health sleuth with a passion for cutting edge ideas. With a background in Chemistry, Pharmacology, Western Medicine, Environmental Medicine, Integrative and Functional Medicine, she has explored the interplay of environment on genetics for decades. Once she tracked down her own Genetic Eve and used the secrets to optimize her health , she felt compelled to share her findings.
Elizabeth Charters -- Genetic Eve 'X'
Project Manager, Creative Director
Elizabeth Charters brings a unique background in project management, team leadership, analytics and sales to the team. She was the Director of Sales and Operations for Yoga Yoga. Now she is part of skyrocketing Health IT industry as an Epic Software Analyst for Baylor Scott and White Healthcare. As an analyst, she completed CAPM training, built and repaired HIT software applications.
Bhavana Kommuru -- Genetic Eve 'M'
Lead Software Engineer
Bhavana Kommuru is engineering professional with a Master's degree focused in Computer Science from Texas State University, San Marcos.
Dr. Anne Ngu -- Genetic Eve 'R'
Dr. Ngu is currently a Professor and the Ph.D. Program Director with the Department of Computer Science at Texas State University. She had held research scientist position at various organizations including Telcordia Technologies; Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), Australia; Institute of Systems Science in Singapore, and the Tilburg University, The Netherlands.She provides guidance for the system design and the architecture of GeneticEve.
Genetic Eve Lead Research Coordinator
Dr. Aimee Talarski has a PhD in Plant Molecular Biology from the University of Texas at Austin. She has a passion for genetics and is the "seaweed expert" of the group. Her PhD research involved algal gene expression. She also has a Master's of Science degree from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Human Genetics. Her Master's research included case studies on patients with novel chromosomal rearrangements, and she has extensive experience in cytogenetics and scientific editing.
Author and Creative Contributor
Clare Levijoki brings unique passions for both science and writing to the Genetic Eve team. She worked for five years in clinical research at Mott Children's Hospital before realizing that her greatest strength lay in storytelling. She is now a published author of science fiction, and historical fiction which provides a window into humanity's deep past. She helps readers of all ages to become immersed in the world of their ancient ancestors - a world very different from the one we know today.
Dr. Dan Piestun
Dan Piestun has a PhD in Plant Virology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. He is currently a biomedical, scientific editor and an entrepreneur in the health-food domain. He has extensive experience in Plant, Animal and Biomedical Sciences. Dan was visiting scientist at the Molecular and Cell Biology Department of the Weizmann Institute of Science, where he researched in the fields of Stem Cells and Cancer. His experience also includes research management as Head of the Biotechnology Department and as President-CEO at INIA Ag-Research Institute, Uruguay. Finally, he contributed to the molecular breeding of dicots and monocots as Plant Transformation Head at Evogene, Rehovoth, Israel.
Kishmala Islam is a graduate from Pakistan's National Institute for Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering with a Master's degree in Enzymology. In her free time, she is an adventurous foodie who loves nothing more than to explore cafes.
Timotius Setiady Lukman
Timotius Setiady Lukman is a graduate of Universitas Katolik Indonesia Atma Jaya with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Biotechnology. He is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Biotechnology. He has an interest in human genetic variations and their phenotypic effects. His passion is to help people better understand their genetics and make better choices to improve their quality of life.
Dr. W. Wlassoff
Dr. W. Wlassoff is a researcher, lecturer, and author and has a PhD in biological chemistry. Some of his stops have been Cambridge University (UK), National Institute of Genetics (Japan), University of New South Wales (Australia), and University of North Carolina (USA). His particular interests involve human obesity, cancer, and novel developments in biomedical sciences. In his free time, he enjoys traveling to remote places and recently visited one of the most inaccessible islands in the South Pacific called Niuafo'ou, as well as Altai Mountains in Mongolia and Lake Baikal in Siberia.
Dr. Fitsiou is a Molecular Biologist and Geneticist currently working as a postdoctoral research fellow at Democritus University in Thrace, Greece. She received a Master's of Science degree in Medical Genetics from the University of Glasgow in Scotland, and she received a PhD in Molecular Biology/Pharmacology from Democritus University. She also has experience in cancer research.
Anastasiia Nesterenko is a graduate of Karazin National University, Kharkiv, with a Master's degree in Genetics. She has a strong interest in biology and loves explaining new scientific discoveries and complex scientific topics to people because it helps them understand more about life and their own bodies. She has a young daughter that she hopes will someday share her passion for biology. In her free time, Anastasiia has many hobbies, including reading, watching K-drama and collecting diamond painting sets.
Jennette Niehaus is an environmental consultant and science writer. Jennette studied Biology and received a Bachelor’s Degree from Mount Holyoke College in Holyoke, MA, and an Associate of Science degree from Northwestern Connecticut Community College in Winchester, CT. Her college field studies in Utah incorporated interests in soil bacteria, botany, and paleontology. An inquiry into genetics began during her early career as a Wilderness Instructor, while working with struggling teens and considering the genetic and epigenetic components of behavior. Jennette is planning to pursue a Master's degree in Genetic Counseling and grow her business as a fossil illustrator. She enjoys snowboarding, kayaking, and fossil hunting in Colorado.
Chris started off his education in medicine but shifted his focus to a Philosophy and Psychology double major, and he received a Bachelor's of Science degree from the University of Cape Town. He spends most of his time researching the latest developments in medicine, biology, physics and computer science in order to write informative, leading-edge books for his clients. Recent developments in personal genomics and epigenetics have also captured his interest.
Dr. Yusuf Ziya Igci
Dr. Yusuf Ziya Igci holds a Ph.D. in Medical Biology and Genetics with 14 years of experience in academic research and writing with a special focus on gene-disease associations, epigenetics, and cancer research. Besides being a senior biomedical researcher in human molecular genetics, he is also passionate about programming.
Theodor is a Ph.D. candidate in cancer research with a focus on the extracellular matrix and its effect on the regulation of intracellular signaling. He's a member of the Biochemistry, Biochemical Analysis & Matrix Pathobiology Research Group residing at Laboratory of Biochemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Patras.
Dr. Arul Prakasam Peter
I am a passionate scientific researcher, learner and an entrepreneur with a master's degree in Life Sciences, post graduate diploma in Bioinformatics and Ph.D. in Microbial Biotechnology. Carry 14+ years of experience in application and development of knowledge resources and analysis tools in the area of precision medicine, genetic variation-phenotype association, pharmacogenomics, nutrigenomics, biomarkers and human, plant and microbial proteomes. Currently work on clinical implementation of pharmacogenomics, for Coriell Life Sciences, a spin-off of the internationally-renowned Coriell Institute for Medical Research.
Abeer Iqbal has a Master's of Philosophy in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. She has a keen interest in Molecular Biology and Genetics, which has led to her dedicated pursuit of this scientific field. Her passion for science and her zeal to create comprehensive and attractive science content are some of her life goals.
Asna Tungekar is a graduate of India's Manipal University with a Master's degree in Molecular Biology. She is a quantitative genetic analyst and has an interest in data science. In her spare time, she is a creative writer and calligraphy artist.
Kalpana Das is a DAAD scholar and is currently pursuing her PhD at Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin, Germany. Her research focus is the ecomorphology of tropical frogs. Kalpana previously worked for 2 years as a research assistant at the Indian Institute of Sciences in Bangalore, India. In her free time, she is an avid nature lover and loves to get lost in the natural wonders of the world. She also enjoys creative writing, painting and wildlife photography.
Carolina Penaloza is a biologist with expertise in the culturing, maintenance, and differentiation of cell lines, and she is proficient in molecular biology techniques. She also has experience performing scientific literature searches and data abstraction and analysis using Mendeley software.
Skin Product Formulator
Aidan Angelovich owns, formulates, and operates, Aidan’s Skin Care, out of Boulder, CO. He calls upon his experience travelling the world to create innovative skin care products which, through the careful formulation of natural ingredients, reconnect us with nature. His passion lies in evoking memories, feelings, places, and emotions through the complex world of scent. Working in collaboration with Genetic Eve, Aidan creates tailored skin creams for each “Eve,” . He incorporates ingredients from each “Eve’s mutational homeland, thus reminding us of the environments native to our ancestors.
Skin Product Formulator
Born in Brazil, currently residing in Boulder, Colorado, Alyssa is the owner and founder of Azaleas All Natural Skin Care LLC. Alyssa’s passion for herbs and essential oils started her five-year long journey into natural soap making. She enjoys participating in craft shows around the state of Colorado where she can share her products and meet new people in the community.