Team

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Tinashe Muchada, MSci in Theoretical Physics
Founder and Director

Tinashe Muchada, MSci, has a master’s degree in Theoretical Physics from Imperial College London. Following his studies, he worked as a software developer, including as a Technology Analyst at Goldman Sachs for 4 years before founding Tochikunda to explore innovative ways to tackle HIV. His interest in HIV began early as a young boy growing up in Zimbabwe in the 90s witnessing the devastation caused by the HIV pandemic. He developed the concept for our continuous diagnostic as a platform technology for diagnosis of HIV and other diseases. When the coronavirus emerged, he recognized the potential of the diagnostic for coronavirus control and elimination. He has assembled a team of experts including immunologists to help guide the development of the diagnostic.

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Catriona Wagner, PhD in Immunology
Scientific Advisor

Catriona Wagner has a BS in Biological Sciences from Cal Poly and a PhD in Immunology from the University of Washington. Catriona has more than 9 years of biomedical research experience in immunology and autoimmunity. She is currently a scientific communicator and consultant.

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Khoa Nguyen, PhD in Immunology
Scientific Advisor

Khoa Nguyen has a BSc. in Biological Sciences and a PhD in Immunology from Stanford University. Following his studies, Khoa founded Tranquis Therapeutics, a biotechnology company that focuses on the development of novel immunotherapeutics for neurological disorders. He has more than 15 years of research experience in various fields of life sciences, including immunology, neurology, oncology and physiology.

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Michael James, PhD in Microbiology
Scientific Advisor

Dr. James received his PhD in microbiology from the University of Iowa, conducting his undergraduate work in a virology laboratory with a focus on Human Papilloma Virus. Previously, Dr. James had completed an Emerging Infectious Disease fellowship with Centers for Disease Control working on projects related to detection and monitoring of viral and bacterial infection. In his postdoctoral training at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and his years as a Research Assistant Professor at Medical College of Wisconsin, Dr. James studied the pathobiology associated with candidate tumor susceptibility genes. During his appointment at Medical College of Wisconsin, Dr. James identified novel roles of tumor-specific proteins in tumorigenesis and chemotherapeutic drug resistance. Based on these discoveries, he developed and patented therapeutic modalities for the treatment of cancer. Dr. James founded a company based on this technology and human antibody therapeutics. With his company, Essential Biotechnology LLC, Dr. James was awarded an NSF I-Corps grant and a feasibility grant from Wellcome Trust in the UK. He and his company were finalists for a $5M Translational Award from Wellcome Trust for the development of anti-cancer biologics. Dr. James continues to serve as a scientific consultant to scientific and biotechnology fields in addition to his biotechnology ventures, which include a role as PI on an NSF SBIR-funded project to develop technology for therapeutic nucleic acid delivery to the lung for viral infections and malignant pathologies. He serves as a scientific advisor to Tochikunda Ltd to help guide applications related to cancer markers.

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Suvabrata De, PhD in Quantum Computing
Investor and Advisor

Suvabrata De has master's degrees in Theoretical Physics from Imperial College London and the University of Leeds, and obtained his PhD in Quantum Computing from the University of Leeds. He is a private tutor of maths and physics, and is a member of the not-for-profit Educate One Kid who help underprivileged children in India with their education.

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Shirley Nneamaka Ike, MENG in Chemical Engineering
Investor

Shirley Ike has a master's degree in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College London. She is a business manager at WOOD Americas. Her professional portfolio encompasses business management and technical leadership in Chemical Engineering, with a career that has spanned two geographical locations, in both the UK and the Americas.  

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Tolu Fayese, BEng in Mechanical Engineering
Volunteer

Tolu has a BEng in Mechanical engineering from the University of Nottingham and is currently doing an MSc in Physics at Kings College London. She is the Programmes lead at the non-profit BLAM UK( Black Learning Achievement and Mental Health).  Tolu is keen to expand her portfolio in software development and data engineering. She is a volunteer at Tochikunda.