Meet PhenoTips.

Our Toronto-based team is dedicated to empowering genetic healthcare providers with tools designed for their needs. Often times described as quirky, the team’s unique backgrounds and interests complement one another, strengthening our collective efforts.

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Orion Buske, PhD

Chief Executive Officer

Orion strives to empower patients, doctors, and researchers through new tools and technologies. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Toronto, where he specialized in algorithms for genome analysis and #raredisease patient matchmaking. At various times, he led the technical developments of: PhenomeCentral, the Matchmaker Exchange, PatientKind, and RareConnect. He loves data, design, and gardening.

Pawel Buczkowicz, PhD

Chief Operating Officer
VP Scientific & Medical Affairs

Dr. Pawel Buczkowicz has Lean Six Sigma certification and a PhD in cancer genetics and molecular pathology from the University of Toronto. He has worked on various projects including using next generation sequencing technologies to improve therapies for high-risk childhood cancer, development and validation of clinical genetic tests, and translational research on paediatric stroke, vasculitis and brain tumours. Based on his translational research on brainstem gliomas, published in various high impact journals such as Nature Genetics, including the discovery of novel mutations in human cancers and development of clinical correlates, a new World Health Organization classification was implemented for paediatric gliomas. Dr. Buczkowicz is passionate about streamlining clinical workflows in order to improve the healthcare experience for both patient and doctor and believes smart and efficient software will revolutionize the way medicine is practiced.

Sebastian Stanisor, BASc

Senior Software Developer

Sebastian is passionate about working on projects that have a positive impact on people's lives. He was previously at Environment Canada where he worked on the backend system for processing weather data from all over Canada. He also loves automation and strives to reduce any repetitive and frustrating tasks that could help his teammates. He has a BASc in Computer Engineering from the University of Toronto. In his personal life he is passionate about astronomy, books, digital art and motorcycles.

Alina Gvozdik, BSc

Senior Software Developer

Alina is a software developer. Having studied biophysics prior to obtaining her BSc in Computer Science, Alina is interested in solving medical and research problems with software. Prior to joining PhenoTips, Alina worked with the PhenoTips open source team. In her free time Alina enjoys drawing, reading, mountain biking, and Muay Thai.

Karanjeet S. Waraich, MCa

Software Developer

Karan is a software developer with a focus on APIs and micro-services. He earned a Masters degree in Computer Applications from Thapar University, India. Karan began his software development career with Blackrock, where he worked for 3 years. Karan is an automotive enthusiast and wears a gung-ho spirit for technology.

Michael Berger, BSc

Content Manager

Michael is a scientist, communications specialist and storyteller with a BSc in Environmental Biology from the University of Guelph and a postgraduate diploma in Environmental Visual Communication from Fleming College. As someone who is passionate about creating positive change, Michael is thrilled to be part of the PhenoTips team to help share the stories of those whose lives have been impacted by PhenoTips. During work hours, Michael writes, photographs, films, edits, and designs content for PhenoTips, and, with any available free time, performs as Big Mike the science-communicating drag king.

Sanjay Sodhi, BE, MBA

Head of Sales

Passionate about building relationships and creating value through connections, Sanjay heads Sales at PhenoTips. Sanjay started his career as an Engineer and worked for four years for Cisco in India and Holland. After quiting this job, he traveled for a year and ran a backpackers hostel for the next three. Looking for a middle way between the Cisco Engineer and the hippie backpackers hostel owner, he came to Canada for his MBA. Current passions include Leadership, mindfulness and learning new things. Out of the professional work, you can find Sanjay trying to make people laugh in his improv shows or deepening his skills in Camping, Salsa and cooking.

John Q. Miller, Bcosc

Dev/Ops Engineer

John is a computer scientist with an affinity for public-interest technology. Having experience with public-sector businesses including Toronto Star and Globe & Mail, as well as private-sector experience from startups to large enterprises, John maintains a balanced perspective on the impacts of technology, and strives to do work that improves people's lives through tech. At PhenoTips he keeps systems running and clients happy, using established DevOps practices.

Sonakshi Bhattacharya, MBA

Head of Marketing

Sonakshi is fascinated by the intersection of human behavior, product design, and business needs. With the core belief that successful businesses keep empathy at the heart of traditional business setups, Sonakshi comes with Masters in Business from the University of Toronto, with a Major in Business design. Sonakshi worked in a digital advertising start-up for 7 years and focused on developing their market and client base in the United States. Fun fact: she is a closet compulsive doodler. When not thinking about life, Sonakshi is usually drawing comics about life. She is also a lover of all dogs and tea cakes.

Namratha Prasad, MBA

Quality Assurance Engineer

Namratha is passionate about software testing and works towards making PhenoTips’ tools bug free and easy to use. She has a Computer Science Engineering degree and over 7 years experience in quality assurance, having previously worked for Oracle, Silicon Valley Bank. Namratha is excited to be working everyday to empower PhenoTips’ users with an intuitive user interface for genetic medicine. In her free time, she enjoys watching Cricket, Formula1, Bollywood movies, and Hollywood crime thrillers.

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