In addition to our authors, reviewers, and editors, our support team makes sure Drug Hunter runs smoothly on a day-to-day basis. They also work behind the scenes on great new site features and content for the drug discovery community. We appreciate their contributions and a few members who have been with us for some time are featured below. You may encounter some of them while giving feedback on the site or while participating in events.

We’re always looking for help with everything from graphic design to literature research – if you like the idea of helping drug discovery scientists and professionals and are interested in a paid position, reach out here!

Melissa Lynch Operations Leader

Melissa is the Operations Leader for Drug Hunter, coordinating and managing work across various company functions including administration, customer service, business development, human resources, and finance. She graduated from Northwestern University and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communication as a Theatre Major, with a minor in Business Institutions and a Leadership Certificate.  While pursuing an acting career, she was introduced to Production Management, Stage Management, and House Management opportunities that propelled her into the world of business operations. After leaving the theatre, Melissa worked in Project Management, Household Management, and Direct Sales.  Melissa lives in New York City and enjoys running full and half marathons, baking, and spending time with loved ones–especially the children in her life.

Jes Aqueza Drug Hunter (Jessa Aqueza)

Jessa Aqueza Administrative Assistant

Jessa is our team’s amazing administrative assistant, helping coordinate site operations, maintaining the website, and reaching out to community members. Jes graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and is helping with Drug Hunter while working on her Master’s thesis. Jessa is also a recruitment specialist in an engineering company. We don’t know how she juggles everything, but she’s never let us down!

Milly Bianda Drug Hunter (Milena Bianda)

Milly Bianda Community Manager

Milly is a Community Manager for Drug Hunter, helping gather feedback about how we can continually make the site better, organizing meetings, and prioritizing future work. Milly has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Florida Atlantic University. She started at a digital communications agency in South Florida and began to build her network from there. Over the years, she has partnered with various international clients including pharmaceutical companies in Ireland, England, Germany, Russia and the US for both internal and external communications projects. She organized and led the participation of three pharmaceutical companies at CPhI worldwide for 3 consecutive years. She has been involved in the writing and publishing of several pharmaceutical internal research projects. After COVID-19 she entered a more senior role, this time as the Accounts Director for an innovative web development and design agency from Orlando, Florida. Milly lives by the ocean and enjoys making sea glass art.

Jennifer Huen – Research Scientist and Technical Illustrator

Jennifer is a Research Scientist and Technical Illustrator for Drug Hunter, with a focus on large molecule drug discovery. Jennifer obtained her PhD in biochemistry at the University of Toronto in Canada, looking at the structure-function relationship of proteins involved in DNA processing. She continued her journey in structural biology as a post-doc at the Institute of Molecular Biology in Academia Sinica in Taipei, then became enamored by protein engineering as a scientist at AbCelex Technologies. She is currently freelancing as a scientific writer & illustrator, consulting in structural biology, and busying herself as a co-founder of the biotech research company, Beagle Scientific Inc.

Daniel Gedder Drug Hunter

Daniel Gedder – Research Associate

Daniel is a Research Associate for Drug Hunter, helping with scientific research. He obtained his PhD in organic chemistry and biochemistry at the University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil, and was a visiting PhD student at the University of Washington (UW) chemistry department in the USA. Currently, he is a postdoc at the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Ribeirão Preto (FCFRP-USP) with an exchange period at the University of Münster in Germany. Over the past ten years, his research has been focused on the Medicinal Chemistry area. He has been working on the design and synthesis of anti-trypanosomal agents for Chagas disease and sleeping sickness. He loves traveling alone and great food and wine at restaurants.

Vinicius Teixeira Drug Hunter

Vinicius Teixeira – Research Associate

Vinicius is a Research Associate for Drug Hunter, helping with scientific research. He started his academic journey with a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, focused on organic synthesis, at UFPEL-Brazil, changing to to Computational Chemistry when he moved to Porto Alegre, joining the UFRGS-Brazil. Vinicius compromised on his love of sports to finish his Ph.D. degree in Theoretical and Computational Chemistry in 2020. Vinicius has experience as a university teacher and scientific researcher, and works with biotech companies on scientific projects related to medicine and medicinal chemistry. Vinicius ended up in Chemistry by his mistake – he asked his father to pay for an admission test in Biochemistry, and was signed up for Chemistry instead! Fortunately for us, he passed and loves Chemistry.

Maria Koyioni – Research Associate and Technical Illustrator

Maria is a Research Associate and Technical Illustrator for Drug Hunter, helping with research and technical illustration. Maria obtained her PhD in organic chemistry at the University of Cyprus (UCY). After her PhD she joined University of Oxford, UK as postdoctoral researcher and later the Centre of Molecular and Macromolecular Studies of Polish Academy of Sciences in Łódź, Poland. She then return to Cyprus to pursue her own funded research project. Her research interests lie on the development of new synthetic methods for S,N-heterocycles, the synthesis of novel S,N-heterocycles and study of their biological activities. In her free time she enjoys working out, hiking and cooking. Favorite cooking activity: making pancakes!

Yusuf Zaim Hakim Drug Hunter

Yusuf Zaim Hakim – Research Assistant

Yusuf is a Research Assistant for Drug Hunter, helping with research and technical illustration, and is a Master’s student in organic chemistry at the University of Warsaw, and soon will officially become PhD student in the same university. He graduated from Universitas Indonesia in 2016 before obtaining a Polish Government Scholarship to pursue master’s studies in Poland. During his master’s course, he did a research internship at the IRB (Institute of Research in Biomedicine) in Barcelona, Spain to synthesize novel bifunctional molecules aimed to induce protein degradation (PROTACs). Outside the lab, he is passionate about cooking and playing badminton.

Daniel Blomgren Drug Hunter

Daniel Blomgren – General Counsel

Daniel is the General Counsel for Drug Hunter, helping Drug Hunter assess all forms of legal and compliance matters and guiding the team to specialist advice when needed. He enjoys working with entrepreneurs to identify their goals, and to come up with solutions to achieve them. His entrepreneurial spirit emerged in college at UC Berkeley, and he chose to supplement his studies in Business Administration by turning his love for cooking into a small catering business. Knowing very little about the legal aspects of operating a business, he took a course on business law, which is where he ultimately found his calling to become an attorney. Daniel went on to earn his J.D. at University of San Francisco School of Law, and first gained experience representing clients in business transactions and disputes at Gordon & Rees in their San Francisco office, and then Clapp Moroney in their San Bruno office. Daniel enjoys cooking over a live fire, exploring the Bay Area by bicycle, winemaking and homebrewing, and serenading his wife on the piano.

Dennis X. Hu is our CEO and Editor-in-Chief, responsible for all day-to-day aspects of Drug Hunter.

We thank all other contributors to Drug Hunter over time and thank Kim Fong, Cliff Kuehn, Dergositz & Noah LLP, and Fenwick & West LLP for additional legal counsel.