Haik’s first curiosity lay with the stars, and led him to studies of astrophysics and pure mathematics at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Here, alongside an inspirational group of astronomers, he worked on computational models of close encounters between stars and black holes. Spurred by a deep interest in computational modeling, he followed his nose to the University of California at San Diego, where he completed graduate studies in applied mathematics and is now a PhD student in the Department of Physics. His current research centers around understanding the physical basis behind novel computing paradigms and their applications to efficient computation in machine learning and artificial intelligence.
Edward studied neurophysiology, anthropology, and psychology at the University of California, San Diego. He has conducted research in comparative neuroanatomy, addiction neurobiology, and the effects of zero gravity on intracranial pressure through the prestigious Microgravity University, hosted by NASA. His areas of interest include the neurobiological underpinnings of chronic pain, medical anthropology, illness narratives, social determinants of health, and the relationship between the individual, culture and society in the expression of illness. He currently focuses on translating chronic pain research in order to identify areas in which digital health solutions exist for problems and inefficiencies in how the existing healthcare system addresses chronic pain.
Lissanthea didn’t really mean to be a Physical Therapist, but she has done that for over ten years. In the course of her professional development, she became increasingly moved to help people with chronic pain. In the time she’s worked with people in pain in the clinic, it’s grown to be an enormous health care issue. Lissanthea’s experience working in tech startups, UX and service design, assisting VC’s with healthcare investments, running a health tech community and a pain education non-profit event have set her in good stead to work on this beast of a problem. She has spent her career looking for ways to scale the clinical knoweldge that she has gained throughout her career and deliver that to the people that need it most in their lifes outside the clinical interaction. Lissanthea is studying her Masters in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University, New York, and loves to tell stories.