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Maha Sallam, Ph.D. is the founder and President of VuEssence

Dr. Sallam is a graduate of the University of South Florida where she finished her undergraduate studies and subsequently earned her Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Engineering from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. She also completed the Leadership and Strategy in Pharmaceuticals and Biotech Executive Education program at the Harvard Business School in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Nidhi Rawat, Ph.D., Research Scientist

Research Scientist, Dr. Nidhi RawatDr. Rawat received her Ph.D. in plant genetics from Directorate of Rice Research, Osmania University, Hyderabad, India. Her post-doctoral work was as a research associate at Gulf Coast Research & Education Center, University of Florida where she was involved in genome sequencing and data analysis on hybrid citrus genotyping and the diverse response to HLB (citrus greening) disease.

Dr. Rawat published 18 research articles in international journals with more than 150 citations. She is editor and reviewer for more than 20 esteemed journals. She joined the VuEssence team in July as a Research Scientist in Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics and is excited to face new challenges and contribute to the advancement of the research.

Christine Larkins, Ph.D., Research Scientist

Research Scientist, Dr. Larkins

Dr. Larkins received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry Cell and Developmental Biology from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and did her postdoctoral research in the Molecular Genetics and Microbiology Department at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. Her research interests have been in understanding the molecular and cellular basis of congenital birth defects.

During her time as a graduate student and postdoctoral research, she published nine papers. She was awarded a predoctoral fellowship from the America Heart Association, a postdoctoral fellowship, and a research scientist career development award from the NIH. Her current interests are in understanding the genetic basis of disease, and she is excited to use her skills in molecular biology to advance the goals of the VuEssence team.

Kathy, Operations Manager

Operations Manager

After decades in the legal and finance professions, it is exciting to work with Dr._Sallam and the brilliant minds that are making this a reality.

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