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The Team

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Melis Yilmaz Balban, PhD

Founder & CEO

 Neuroscientist. Mom of two. Cat lady.

Hobbies: Tennis, Skiing, Yoga

Superpower: Making discoveries by methodical observation 

Dr. Balban received her PhD from Harvard University and studied human stress responses and interventions as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford School of Medicine. She is the leading author on several peer reviewed articles on the stress response in high profile scientific journals.  

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Dawna Bagherian, PhD

Chief Scientist

Machine learning practitioner and computational biologist with special expertise in time series data and custom deep learning architecture development for structure learning.  Outside of work: volleyball, canoeing, and watching horror movies with my dogs.

Superpower: Wrangler of noisy, time-varying data. ​



PhD Caltech


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Henry D. Zhu


Software Engineer with expertise in Android development and distributed systems. Background prior to Neurosmart includes working as a Software Engineer at Meta on observability (distributed tracing and logging to gain insights onto the performance, reliability, and efficiency of messaging APIs).

Outside of work: Spending time with my wife and son, skiing and distance running.

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Arozo Azimi


Research assistant with expertise in memory research and psycho-cognitive testing .

Outside of work:  Gardening, playing guitar, unwinding with yoga.

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