Our Team

Our Team

ENABLING BIOPHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES TO DEVELOP BETTER TREATMENTS FOR NEURODEGENERATIVE DISEASES, FASTER

AxoSim has a diverse team of talented individuals spanning many disciplines. We pride ourselves on collaborating to solve problems in measurable ways, both internally and externally. We’re quality obsessed. We work tirelessly to help our pharmaceutical partners find the solutions they need to succeed, all while they learn to admire and respect our team, products, and solutions.

Lowry Curley, PhD

Lowry Curley, PhD

Chief Executive Officer

Lowry is co-founder and CEO of AxoSim. He drives the vision and implementation for product […]

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Lowry is co-founder and CEO of AxoSim. He drives the vision and implementation for product development and industry adoption of AxoSim’s Nerve-on-a-Chip®, with the goal of making a significant global impact on healthcare and medicine. Lowry received his PhD at Tulane University in biomedical engineering, focusing on tissue engineering and neuroscience. Following several postdocs, including a stint in Belgium, Lowry realized the only way to translate research breakthroughs outside of the lab was through commercialization, which drove him to return to New Orleans and begin AxoSim’s efforts.

Michael Moore, PhD

Michael Moore, PhD

Chief Science Officer

Michael is co-founder and CSO of AxoSim and an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at […]

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Michael is co-founder and CSO of AxoSim and an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Tulane University, with nearly 20 years of experience in biomaterials, neuroscience, and regenerative medicine. He received his PhD from the Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and has experience commercializing laboratory-based technology from there as well as from his postdoc with Prof. Robert Langer at MIT. AxoSim is one of three startups to begin in Michael’s lab, though it is the only company he maintains direct involvement.

Benjamin Cappiello

Benjamin Cappiello

Chief Business Officer

Ben leads the commercial side of AxoSim and was a founding advisor to the company […]

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Ben leads the commercial side of AxoSim and was a founding advisor to the company before joining full time in 2017. He is an entrepreneur and biomedical engineer. After graduating from Tulane’s biomedical engineering program, he founded Bioceptive, a women’s health company where he remains the CEO, splitting his time with AxoSim. Ben is also the Vice President-Elect of the North American 3R’s Collaborative, focused on reducing the amount of ineffective animal testing done in pharmaceutical development.

Thomas Hartung, MD, PhD

Thomas Hartung, MD, PhD

Consulting Vice President of Scientific Affairs

Thomas Hartung, MD PhD, is AxoSim’s Consulting VP of Scientific Affairs and the inventor of […]

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Thomas Hartung, MD PhD, is AxoSim’s Consulting VP of Scientific Affairs and the inventor of the Mini-Brain platform. Thomas believed in AxoSim’s vision to change the paradigm for neurological drug development and chose AxoSim to commercialize his groundbreaking technology. He is also the Doerenkamp-Zbinden-Chair for Evidence-based Toxicology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Whiting School of Engineering, Baltimore, in Environmental Health and Engineering. He is also the Director of Centers for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT, http://caat.jhsph.edu) of both Hopkins and the University of Konstanz, Germany. CAAT hosts the secretariat of the Evidence-based Toxicology Collaboration, the Good Read-Across Practice Collaboration, the Good Cell Culture Practice Collaboration, the Green Toxicology Collaboration and the Industry Refinement Working Group. He is the former Head of the European Commission’s Center for the Validation of Alternative Methods (ECVAM), Ispra, Italy, and has authored more than 550 scientific publications.

Anup Sharma, PhD

Anup Sharma, PhD

Research Scientist

Anup heads AxoSim’s early product development, standardizing novel techniques to translate across the Nerve-on-a-Chip® platform. […]

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Anup heads AxoSim’s early product development, standardizing novel techniques to translate across the Nerve-on-a-Chip® platform. He graduated from Indian Institute of Technology Madras and worked in the tech industry before pursuing his PhD in Chemical and Biological Engineering from Iowa St. University under Dr. Surya Mallapragada and Dr. Donald Sakaguchi. Anup’s interests focus on synergistically combining engineering methods with biological processes to develop products with implications in drug testing, drug delivery, regenerative medicine, and artificial organs. Anup joined AxoSim to apply his expertise to commercial translation.

Hieu Nguyen, PhD

Hieu Nguyen, PhD

Research Scientist

Hieu leads new product R&D and validation efforts, working closely with AxoSim’s team to both […]

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Hieu leads new product R&D and validation efforts, working closely with AxoSim’s team to both design and test new applications for the Nerve-on-a-Chip®. He worked in the biotech industry before obtaining a PhD in biomedical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, focusing on controlling Neural Cell growth using electric fields. Most recently, Hieu completed his postdoctoral training in neural electrode design and neural stimulation patterns with Dr. John Troy at Northwestern University. Hieu specializes in tissue engineering, bioengineering, and electrophysiology.

Angela Carter, PhD

Angela Carter, PhD

Research Scientist

Angela leads AxoSim’s innovation and development 3D brain organoids used for compound screening and modeling […]

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Angela leads AxoSim’s innovation and development 3D brain organoids used for compound screening and modeling neurological diseases. She received her PhD in Neuroscience from Baylor College of Medicine, characterizing the molecular and behavioral underpinnings of neurological disorders including epilepsy and autism spectrum disorder. Her postdoctoral training furthered her graduate work evaluating molecular hallmarks using in vitro models of severe childhood epilepsy. Angela specializes in molecular biology, synapse development, and neurological disorders.

Megan Morris, MSE

Megan Morris, MSE

Commercialization Laboratory Manager

Megan manages our laboratory with an emphasis on commercial activities and the integration of both […]

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Megan manages our laboratory with an emphasis on commercial activities and the integration of both quality management and HSSE (health, safety, security, and environmental) management. She earned her master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from Tulane University and comes to us with a wide range of organizational experience from various industries. She is committed to helping AxoSim ensure their commercial projects are delivered to clients with quality, integrity, and reliability.

Gina Cox, MSE

Gina Cox, MSE

Client Success Manager

Gina manages AxoSim’s client relationships, overseeing ongoing studies and developing new projects that can add […]

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Gina manages AxoSim’s client relationships, overseeing ongoing studies and developing new projects that can add value to their discovery and toxicology programs. Gina combines her technical background with her solutions-oriented attitude to deliver results for AxoSim’s partners. She received her undergraduate and master’s degrees in biomedical engineering from Tulane University, after which she worked for a hyper-growth tech company where she oversaw a portfolio of clients and growing accounts.

Laurie McCoy, MSc

Laurie McCoy, MSc

Research Associate

Laurie’s current efforts are working on the genetic expression of neurodegenerative diseases and image analysis. […]

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Laurie’s current efforts are working on the genetic expression of neurodegenerative diseases and image analysis. She received a master’s degree in biomedical sciences and pharmaceuticals from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. Laurie is a proud native of Louisiana and a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University.

Wesley Anderson, PhD

Wesley Anderson, PhD

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Wesley leads the development of a 3D tissue model of pain that will be used […]

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Wesley leads the development of a 3D tissue model of pain that will be used to screen for non-addictive drugs to treat pain and opiate use disorder. He graduated from the University of Central Florida with a PhD in Biomedical Sciences, focusing on the development of an in vitro functional 3D model of the peripheral nerve. He specializes in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine as well as neuroscience.

Megan Terral

Megan Terral

Laboratory Technician

Megan is currently focused on demyelination and neuropathy studies at AxoSim. She received an undergraduate […]

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Megan is currently focused on demyelination and neuropathy studies at AxoSim. She received an undergraduate degree in biochemical engineering from the University of Georgia, where she grew interested in tissue engineering, biomaterials, and translational research. In the future, she plans to pursue either a PhD or an MD.

Tatyana Thompson

Tatyana Thompson

Laboratory Technician

Tatyana attended the University of New Orleans and was awarded a degree in Biology. Her […]

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Tatyana attended the University of New Orleans and was awarded a degree in Biology. Her coursework focus was molecular biology and microbiology. The world of neuroscience is a bit new but she is interested in learning more about neurodegenerative diseases and the biotechnology being used to research potential cures.

Sam Belden

Sam Belden

Laboratory Technician

Sam is currently a Senior at Tulane University pursuing a Master’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering. […]

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Sam is currently a Senior at Tulane University pursuing a Master’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering. Wearing a number of hats with AxoSim, Sam plays a role in quality assurance, administrative operations, and laboratory research. His work within multiple sides of the company has inspired an interest in startup culture and the commercialization of biotechnologies.

Jeff Karlson

Jeff Karlson

Accounting And Administration

Jeff manages accounting and administration at AxoSim. He comes to us from the nonprofit arena […]

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Jeff manages accounting and administration at AxoSim. He comes to us from the nonprofit arena where he spent many years working in project, grant, and financial management on a host of local and national efforts. Most recently he provided financial and grants management oversight for a local non-profit’s 5-year, $4 million contract under the Gulf Region Health Outreach Program, part of a four-state project to expand health care access along the Gulf Coast.

AxoSim Alumni

AxoSim team members have gone on to do great things. We value personnel and professional development. We pride ourselves on offering a launching pad to fantastic scientific and entrepreneurial careers. We provide and encourage opportunities for growth including presentations at conferences, publications, journal clubs, and teaching modules.

Elizabeth Jacobs

Elizabeth Jacobs

MD, PhD program, University of Miami

Elizabeth recently enrolled in the MD, PhD program and the University of Miami, pursuing her […]

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Elizabeth recently enrolled in the MD, PhD program and the University of Miami, pursuing her life’s mission to translate cutting edge research into clinical success. Elizabeth’s interests are in human Schwann cells and peripheral myelination. She led AxoSim’s research in histopathology. Some of her educational highlights include coursework in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and studying abroad in the biotechnology industry hotbed of Copenhagen, Denmark. These experiences sparked her interest in the intersection of biotech, stem cell biology, and neurodegenerative disease.

Hannah Willey

Hannah Willey

MD program, Tulane University

Hannah was an early employee at AxoSim and helped set the stage for AxoSim’s humanized […]

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Hannah was an early employee at AxoSim and helped set the stage for AxoSim’s humanized version of the Nerve-on-a-Chip. Hannah received her BS in biomedical engineering from Rice University and joined AxoSim after receiving her MS in microbiology and immunology from Tulane. Hannah is currently working on her medical degree at Tulane University School of Medicine. She recently spent a summer abroad providing vaccinations and medical care to communities of need in India.

Quenton Stevenson

Quenton Stevenson

Business Lead, Flockjay

Quenton did a little bit of everything at AxoSim and was able to build off […]

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Quenton did a little bit of everything at AxoSim and was able to build off of this experience to join a premier up and coming startup, Flockjay. Quenton joined the company as they were accepted into Y Combinator, one of the most prestigious startup accelerators. Flockjay is an online academy that empowers diverse jobseekers with the tools and training they need to break into tech. Their mission is to make tech accessible for people from underrepresented communities.

Jordan Behn

Jordan Behn

Research Assistant, University of Colorado Boulder

Since his time at AxoSim, Jordan has earned an MS in biomedical engineering from Northwestern […]

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Since his time at AxoSim, Jordan has earned an MS in biomedical engineering from Northwestern University with an emphasis on computational neuroscience. He is currently a professional research assistant with Tor Wager’s Cognitive Affective Neuroscience group at the University of Colorado in Boulder where he uses functional MRI to study the underlying neural mechanisms of cognitive and emotional processes. Jordan also serves as lead biomedical engineer of STAND The Haiti Project, a nonprofit group dedicated to establishing permanent access to orthopedic rehabilitative services in Haiti.

Liana Kramer

Liana Kramer

PhD Program, Georgia Tech

Liana recently enrolled in the BioEngineering PhD program at Georgia Tech. Broadly, her interests lie […]

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Liana recently enrolled in the BioEngineering PhD program at Georgia Tech. Broadly, her interests lie with in vitro models of disease. Her first lab rotation is in “micro and nanotechnology for biomedical analysis.” From there, the sky’s the limit!

Rachel Fleming

Rachel Fleming

MS Program, Colorado State University

Rachel is a second-year MS student in the Colorado State University biology department. She is […]

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Rachel is a second-year MS student in the Colorado State University biology department. She is researching the convergent loss of middle ear structures in certain families of anurans (frogs and toads). Next she plans to pursue my PhD in evolutionary biology!