Christopher Konop, Ph.D.
Christopher has his Ph.D. in the field of neurobiology and completed a postdoc in the Department of Zoology studying neuropeptide mediated signaling pathways involved in motor control. Currently Christopher serves as WiSolve’s Executive Director. Before co-founding WiSolve Consulting Group, Christopher participated in the Wisconsin Entrepreneurial Bootcamp. He has consulted for a small pharmaceutical company, working on a wide range of projects in technology assessment, market analysis, competitive intelligence, and helping to generate investor-facing materials. Christopher is an Advisory Board member for the Advocacy Consortium for Entrepreneurs (ACE) and the outreach chair for the UW-Madison Postdoctoral Association. As Executive Director at WiSolve, Christopher is responsible for fostering relationships with our strategic partners, acquiring new clients, and managing the portfolio of current engagements.
Director of Operations
Jonathan Lenz, Ph.D.
Postdoc, Department of Medical Microbiology & Immunology
Jonathan is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Medical Microbiology & Immunology (MMI) where he studies how pathogenic bacteria interact with human tissues. Since arriving at UW he has been active in postdoctoral leadership, serving as President of the UW-Madison Postdoctoral Association from 2015-2017, sitting on the UW-Madison Office of Postdoctoral Studies Advisory Committee, and representing postdocs at MMI department faculty meetings from 2012-2016. Jonathan is a 2017 Wisconsin Entrepreneurial Bootcamp alum and participated in the 2016 Postdoctoral Training Course on Scientific Leadership & Management. He is the recipient of an NRSA Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. As Director of Operations at WiSolve, Jonathan oversees organizational planning, including developing consultant teams and managing the project portfolio.
Director of Finance
Graduate Student, Chemical Biology – Department of Chemistry
Anurag is a Ph.D. candidate in chemistry and is working in the field of antimicrobial peptides. Anurag has been a lead host for chemistry graduate recruiting events and is an elected representative of the Graduate Student Faculty Liasion Committee (GSFLC). Anurag is pursuing a graduate certificate in strategic innovation from the UW–Madison School of Business. Anurag has experience in accounting, strategic planning, and strategic management of innovation. He has also participated in the Wisconsin Entrepreneurial Bootcamp. Anurag has consulted with a local biotech company to help them clarify their market position and raise capital from potential investors. As Director of Finance, Anurag is responsible for accounting, billing, and fundraising needs of the group.
Director of Professional Development
Nasim Jamali, Ph.D.
Postdoc, Opthalmology and Visual Science
Nasim received her Ph.D from Cellular and Molecular Biology program and is currently a Postdoctoral researcher in the department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science. She has been dedicated to improving career readiness for post-docs and graduate students. Prior to co-founding WiSolve Consulting Group, she has initiated the first mock interview event for graduate students and postdoctoral trainees in biological sciences in 2015, which has now become an annual event. Nasim is a 2015 Wisconsin Entrepreneurial Bootcamp alum and served on the WEB Alumni Network leadership team from 2015-2017. As Director of Professional Development, Nasim is responsible for organizing training and networking events for WiSolve members.
Director of Human Resources
Graduate Student, Molecular and Environmental Toxicology
Jessica is a Ph.D. candidate in the Molecular and Environmental Toxicology program. She is passionate about training scientists for careers outside of academia. This goal led Jessica to join the laboratory of Mark Cook, an avid entrepreneur, and completed the Wisconsin Entrepreneurial Bootcamp. As Director of Human Resources, Jessica manages WiSolve’s consultants which includes designing project teams, screening new applicants, and communicating events updates.
Director of Technology
Marc G Chevrette
Graduate Student, Department of Genetics
Marc works in the Department of Genetics, where he develops computational methods to discover new drugs from the genomes of bacteria. Marc is a fellow of the Chemistry-Biology Interface Training Program and has extensive experience working with the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. As Director of Technology, Marc manages WiSolve’s digital assets, website, electronic record keeping, and analytics.
Director of Marketing and Sales
Muhammad M Khalifa
Graduate Student, Pharmaceutical Sciences Division
Muhammad is a PhD candidate in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Division studying organic chemistry with an emphasis on small molecule synthesis, methodology development, and medicinal chemistry in the context of anti-infectious disease drug discovery. As a founding member of the group, Muhammad led a project that shaped WiSolve’s marketing strategy towards attracting member-consultants and clients. He has also participated in projects related to SBIR/STTR grant generation and early review for the commercialization of new technologies. As Director of Marketing and Sales, Muhammad is responsible for cultivating relationships that enable WiSolve consultants to remain at the forefront of hypothesis-driven solutions to our clients’ business needs.