About

AuthentiSci is an online tool that allows scientists to work together to verify the validity of scientific information in media articles that are accessible to the public. 

It was created by a team of scientists during the 2020 online Sciathon, organised by the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings organization. The Sciathon, based on the hackathon concept, gives teams of scientists 48 hours to design a solution to address global, science-based issues. In particular, we decided to address the Lindau Guidelines, which aim to foster global, sustainable, cooperative, and open science. 

The AuthentiSci team is composed of eight scientists with research expertise across a broad scope of scientific disciplines and a strong desire to communicate reliable science to the world.

The Team

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NICHOLAS CLIFTON

I am a Research Fellow at Cardiff University, UK. My research focuses on studying gene expression patterns of biological pathways associated with psychiatric disorders. I use omics methods to track expression dynamics across development and apply these data to questions about genetic risk with bioinformatics. I am an alumnus of the 2018 Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting for Physiology and Medicine. in my spare time, I enjoy running and making apps. 

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ZAIBAA PATEL

Zaibaa graduated as a Biomedical Engineer from City, University of London, where her PhD involved developing a sensor to monitor the health of the bowel within bowel cancer surgeries. She is currently a post-doctoral research associate within the Randall Centre for Cell & Molecular Biophysics at King’s College London, where her research focuses into how the cardiac muscle contracts. Zaibaa participated in the 2019 Lindau Meeting dedicated to physics. In her spare time she enjoys exercising, eating vegan food, attending music concerts.

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STEVE ACQUAH

I work at UMass Amherst as the Digital Media Lab Coordinator and an Associate Research Professor of Chemistry. I am the director of the Global Educational Outreach for Science Engineering and Technology (GEOSET) initiative that was established by the Nobel Laureate Sir Harold Kroto. I attended the 2009 Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting dedicated to chemistry.
My research is based on carbon nanotube composites for sensors and new materials for 3D printing. I wanted to take part in the Sciathon to help develop a framework for advancing the communication of reliable sources of science.

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STEPHANIE MOUCHBAHANI-CONSTANCE

I am currently completing my PhD in the Department of Physiology at McGill, and am set to attend the 70th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting (Interdisciplinary) in 2021. My thesis work focuses on identifying the pain-causing toxin in lionfish venom and its molecular mechanism of action . My secondary project involves reprogramming blood cells to induced pluripotent stem cells with which I derive pain-sensing neurons. In my spare time, I enjoys running, rock climbing, diving and reading.

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SHAMA SOGRATE IDRISSI

I received my PhD from the International Max Plank Research School for Molecular Biology, and am currently working as a research scientist at the University of Göttingen, Germany. There, I work on developing new tools for neuronal imaging with super resolution microcopy. To do so, I use and develop nanobodies, tiny antibodies originating from camelids. I attended the Lindau Meeting in 2018. Coming from Morocco, I am a language and culture enthusiast and currently speak 7 different languages.

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YUSUKE NAITO

 I have a PhD in neuroscience from McGill University. I attended the 68th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in 2018. My research aims at curative therapy for devastating neurodegenerative diseases. In my free time, I enjoy traveling and watching movies.

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JESUS MELGAREJO

I am a PhD candidate at Katholieke University Leuven. I will attend the 70th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting (Interdisciplinary) in 2021.  My research focuses on omics for the non-invasive screening for subclinical arterial disease and studying the association between blood pressure and target-organ damage. My hobbies include watching series and playing videogames, soccer, and guitar.

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ANA ALONSO-SERRANO

I did my PhD at CSIC (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas) in Madrid (Spainl. Afterwards I did postdocs at Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand), Charles University of Prague (Czech Republic) and Max-Planck-Institut für Gravitationsphysik (Germany), where I first arrived with a fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung. I participated in the Linda Meeting in 2019 and is involved in Soapbox Science Berlin and committed to dissemination of science and diversity in academia.

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José Alonso

José Alonso received his PhD in Biomedical Engineering working at City, University of London. His PhD research focused on the automated analysis of moving patterns in migrating cells’ movement. José Alonso joined the Cardiac Electro-Mechanics Research Group at King’s College London in early 2019 as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate, where he is currently developing image processing and computer vision algorithms for the analysis of cardiac images.

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Thomas Chambers

I am currently undertaking a PhD in Neuroimaging genetics at Cardiff University, UK. My research looks at which parts of the genome are important for brain structure development and what this might teach us about brain-related disorders, such as schizophrenia. I’m also passionate about improving collaboration within and between universities, as well as finding new ways to improve public participation in science.

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Dominik Krzeminski

I'm computational neuroscience PhD student working at the Cognitive and Computational Brain lab based in the Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre. Moreover, I help Appsilon Data Science team to develop their open source R packages. I'm interested in neuroscience and machine-learning, particularly decision making (of humans and machines).