Team

Tuan Hoang – Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Tuan Hoang received his B.S. degree in biological sciences from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena . As a doctoral graduate student in the Interdepartmental Ph.D. Program for Neuroscience at UCLA, Tuan focused on applying neuroengineering principles for the study of neurodegeneration and neurorepair through the use of animal models. Since 2006, he has been a faculty member in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

Ellis Meng, Ph.D. – Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer

Ellis Meng received her B.S. degree in Engineering and Applied Science from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena. She pursued her graduate studies in Electrical Engineering, receiving her M.S. and her Ph.D. at the same institution. Currently she is an associate professor of biomedical engineering and heads the Biomedical Microsystems Laboratory at the University of Southern California. She has received the National Science Foundation Early Career Award and the Wallace H. Coulter Early Career Translational Research Award. She was recognized as one of the TR35 Technology Review 35 Young Innovators Under 35 in 2009.

Manish Vaishya, Ph.D. – Chief Technology Officer

Manish's education background includes a Ph.D. in Mechanical/Systems engineering from the Ohio State University and Masters of Business Administration. He has over 20 years of professional experience in innovation, development and launch of complex products, with particular focus on implantable medical devices such as drug delivery systems and cochlear implants. He brings a broad leadership in R&D, product strategy, manufacturing and project management of large and complex projects.

Christian Gutierrez, Ph.D. – Vice President of Research and Development

Christian Gutierrez is a trained electrical engineer with expertise in biomedical microelectromechanical systems (BioMEMS), fabrication and packaging of biomedical microdevices, neural interfaces and neural prosthetics. After graduating with a Masters in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology, Christian completed a PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Southern California. While at USC he also earned a certification in Technology Commercialization at the Marshall School of Business and Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial studies. Dr. Gutierrez has 25 peer-reviewed technical publications and was lead inventor on four microfluidic patents.

Carol Christopher, Ph.D. – Vice President Commercial Development

Carol Christopher received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She has more than 20 years of experience in the pharma industry and has been a founder of several successful venture capital-backed start-ups and an inventor on numerous patents related to drug delivery and repurposing drugs. In addition to her role at Fluid Synchrony, Carol is also Director of Drug Discovery and Development Initiatives at Georgetown University Medical Center, and an advisor and mentor to several start-ups being spun out of academia.

Jeff Field – Vice President of Engineering

Jeffrey Field has more than 30 years of experience in medical product design and development. He is the inventor of many leading edge medical device technologies and has more than 25 issued patents ranging from interventional cardiology to drug delivery systems. He is known as an expert in field of device miniaturization. He has extensive background and experience in the creation and development of technology for the medical device industry. Jeffrey earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees in design from California State University, Northridge. He is President of Jeffrey Field Design and co-founder of MedSolve Technologies.

Chris Jones – Electrical/Biomedical Engineer

Chris Jones graduated in 2012 with Bachelor of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering from the University of Southern California. Intermittently throughout his undergraduate career, Chris worked on research projects in Dr. Meng’s USC BioMEMS laboratory under the direction of Dr. Gutierrez and Dr. Hoang. Chris first joined Fluid Synchrony as an intern working on software development in the summer of 2012 after finishing his Biomedical Engineering degree.

Shayne Stronks – Biomedical Engineer

Shayne Stronks received his B.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Southern California. Shayne first joined the Fluid Synchrony team as an intern during the summer of 2013. He now works in the research and development team, specializing in RF circuit design and optimization, as well as creating and managing procedures for design and assembly. Shayne is also a part-time musician, achieving status as a mediocre bassist.

Levi Rodriguez – Mechanical Engineer

Levi Rodriguez received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Southern California, joining the Fluid Synchrony research and development team shortly thereafter. Specializing in mechanical design and prototyping, Levi manages the micropump component design at Fluid Synchrony. In addition to engineering development, Levi has taken on various manufacturing and administrative duties within the company.