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Peter Thiel and Lindy Fishburne created Breakout Labs within the Thiel Foundation in 2011. Since then, our team has grown to match the needs of our portfolio.

Lindy Fishburne

Executive Director


Hemai Parthasarathy

Scientific Director


Julia Moore

Portfolio Director


Renee Shenton

Community Manager


Geoff O’Donoghue

Senior Associate


Nick Cederlind

Administrative Assistant



Breakout Labs Ambassadors are volunteers at research universities who represent Breakout Labs at their local events. If you are interested in becoming an ambassador, apply here.

Teryn Johnson

San Diego, CA

PhD Student in Cognitive Science, University of California, San Diego

Research Interests: Bridging Physiological Recording Scales, Neural Rhythms, Deep Brain Stimulation

A. Nicole Dusang

Providence, Rhode Island

PhD Student in Electrical Engineering, Brown University

Research Interests: Electrical Engineering and neuroscience

Nima Ronaghi

Atlanta, Georgia

PhD Student in Chemistry and Biochemistry, Georgia Institute of Technology

Research interests: Applied Organic Synthesis

Kinshuk Mitra

Houston, Texas

PhD Student in Bioengineering, Rice University

Research interests: Mammalian synthetic biology, cell therapy and cell-free diagnostics

William Gaviria

Evanston, IL

PhD Student in Material Sciences, Northwestern University

Research Interests: Carbon Nano-materials

Tobias Schraink

New York, NY

PhD Student in Systems and Computational Biomedicine, NYU

Research interests: Bacterial Genomics and Multi-omics

Melanie Reschke

New Haven, CT

PhD Student in Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Yale University

Research interests: Biophysics & Bio-engineering

Amber Lucas

Pittsburgh, PA

PhD Student in Biological Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University

Research interests: Polymer based protein engineering, proteomics, protein biochemistry, and splicing.

Tony Kulesa

Cambridge, MA

PhD Student in Biological Engineering, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

Research Interests: Biotechnology and Synthetic Biology

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