Meet Our Team

Founding Team

Dr. Rebecca C. Vaught

Founder and CEO of Van Heron Labs. She earned her PhD in Evolutionary Genetics from Monash University. She has 10+ years of industry and research experience and specializes in molecular biology, microbiology, biochemistry, genetics, evolutionary biology, and genomics. She is currently a board member at BIOAlabama and an advisor for BioDAO, FutureFoodsDAO and Fractal Foods.

Alec Santiago

Alec is a co-founding partner of Van Heron Labs. He is a PhD candidate in Microbiology, and Molecular Genetics at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. He has 10 years of industry and research experience and specializes in biochemistry, molecular biology, and microbiology. He was named Top 100 LatinX Founder to Watch for 2022. He is an SMDP Biotechnology scholar and previously served as an Executive Director at Enventure.

Nithin Parsan

Nithin Parsan, a co-founder of Van Heron Labs, is currently studying Molecular Biology and Computer Science at M.I.T. He is a Bio-Olympiad and Regeneron scholar. Nithin has 5 years of research experience and specializes in genomics, biocomputing, and molecular biology.

Operations Team

VHL operations are supported by over a dozen team members spanning a range of disciplines and a diverse group of industry mentors.