About Us

Esya Labs

Our Team

Prof. Dr. Yamuna Krishnan
Co-founder & Chief Science Officer

Yamuna is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Chicago where she has pioneered the application of DNA nanotechnology to live cell imaging. ​​She is also the youngest woman in history to win India’s highest scientific recognition, originated multiple patents, and published across numerous peer-reviewed journals​.
Dhivya Venkat
Co-founder & CEO

Dhivya is a passionate entrepreneur with 15+ years experience in defining winning strategies and building high-performance teams.​ Her consulting experience stretches 50+ countries and ranges from startup to corporate. She worked alongside Accenture, Deloitte, and other world-leading financial firms.
Markus Zejermann
COO & CFO

Markus is a seasoned finance professional and technology-driven company builder.​ ​He brings 15 years of experience across Private Equity and business consulting and has focused on helping companies scale.​​
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Our Team

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Prof. Yamuna Krishnan, PhD

Co-founder & Chief Science Officer

Dr. Krishnan is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Chicago where she has pioneered the application of DNA nanotechnology to live cell imaging. She is also the youngest woman in history to win India’s highest scientific recognition, originated multiple patents and published across numerous peer-reviewed journals.

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Dhivya Venkat

Co-founder & CEO

Dhivya is a passionate Entrepreneur with 15+ years experience in defining winning strategies and building high performance teams. Her consulting experience stretches 50+ countries and the range from startup to corporate. She worked alongside Accenture, Deloitte and world leading Financial firms.​

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Souvik Modi, PhD

Lead Scientist

Dr. Modi comes with a Ph.D. in Chemistry and 15+ years experience in biotech R&D during which he co-invented some of Esya’s IP and pioneered its intracellular targeting. He received some of Europe’s most prestigious fellowships and published in high-impact journals.

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Dr. Souvik Modi

Lead Scientist

Souvik comes with a Ph.D. in Chemistry and 15+ years experience in biotech R&D during which he co-invented some of Esya’s IP and pioneered its intracellular targeting. He received some of Europe’s most prestigious fellowships and published in high-impact journals.

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Owen Connolly

Cell Biologist

Owen holds an MSc in neuroscience and, during his PhD, has obtained experience in biomarker discovery for neurodegenerative diseases.

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Owen Connolly, PhD

Cell Biologist

Dr. Connolly holds a PhD in biomedical science and has extensive experience in biomarker discovery for neurodegenerative diseases.

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Malak Wahdan, MSc

Cell Biologist

Malak completed her MSc in translational neuroscience, and her research in the past has pertained to learning and memory, Alzheimer’s disease, and biomarker discovery. Her experience ranges from animal models and molecular biology to computational neuroimaging in Alzheimer’s patients.

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Senthilkumar Deivasigamani, PhD

Cell Biologist

Dr. Deivasigamani  has several years of experience in animal models of neurodegeneration and has authored multiple research publications. At Esya, he is involved in developing quantitative cellular assays to profile Alzheimer’s Disease.

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Our Advisors

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Prof. Jack Szostak, PhD

Advisor

Dr. Szostak was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for his work on the structure of the DNA of chromosomal telomeres, and the role of the enzyme telomerase in telomere maintenance and senescence. He has made significant strides in the field of genetics, including techniques for gene manipulation and the evolution of RNA sequences. Dr. Szostak completed his PhD in biochemistry at Cornell University before moving to Harvard Medical School to start his own lab at the Sidney Farber Cancer Institute. He is now a tenured full Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School, Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard, and the Alexander Rich Distinguished Investigator at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.

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Brian Coe

Advisor

A serial diagnostics entrepreneur, Brian has started, commercialised, and successfully exited numerous diagnostic companies, with his last diagnostic company being recently IPO-ed.  He is Entrepreneur-in-Residence for healthcare at the Polsky Centre  at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. His knowledge spans commercialisation of diagnostic devices, micro-fludic platforms, quantitative molecular and measurement assays in research and clinical laboratories, clinical decision support systems and CLIA laboratories.

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Jamie Dananberg, PhD

Advisor

Dr. Dananberg is currently the CMO at UNITY Biotechnology. Before joining UNITY, Dananberg served in several roles at Takeda Pharmaceuticals as Executive Vice President, including Head, Cardiovascular and Metabolism Therapeutic Area, and as the Head of both the Therapeutic Areas Group and Experimental/Translational Medicine. He has brought more than 70 programs from Discovery to Development, leading and supporting efforts through all phases, including the launches of 8 commercial products. 

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Fouzia Laghrissi, PhD

Advisor

Dr. Laghrissi is the CEO of DalCor Pharmaceuticals and has more than 20 years of pharmaceutical industry leadership experience, including roles at AstraZeneca, Roche, HBA and WPIC. She brings a wealth of experience in US and Europe through working in clinical development, global strategic marketing, business development, licensing and M&A.

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Prof. David Kupfer, PhD

Advisor

Dr. Kupfer is the ex-Head of the DSM-5 plan committee, and has expert knowledge of the current principal manual for psychiatric & neurocognitive diagnosis, as recommended by the American Psychiatric Association. For more than 35 years, Dr. Kupfer’s work has focused on the conceptualization, diagnosis and treatment of mood disorders.

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Vincent Linder, PhD

Advisor

Dr. Linder is the CEO at Calciscon AG, biomedical consultant, entrepreneur & senior biotech executive with track record of success for biomedical devices. Dr. Linder advises medical device companies and helps them turn their technical innovation into approved medical devices. He is the inventor of  over 300 patents on microfluidics and point-of-care diagnostics with over 175 granted.

If you crave challenges, there's no better place to be

Esya is a dynamic company operating at the intersection of biochemistry, technology and medicine. ​If you crave challenges and the chance to see your work impact the millions of lives touched by Alzheimer’s disease, there’s no better place to be.