The Team

Professor Luisa Orsini

Founder and CTO

Luisa Orsini is Professor of Evolutionary Systems Biology and Environmental Omics at the University of Birmingham (UoB). Her mission is to improve environmental health by pushing the boundaries of research and innovation. She applies high throughput sequencing technologies and AI to understand the impact of environmental change on freshwater ecosystems. She works with ghost DNA and resurrected crustaceans to identify the causes of biodiversity loss and the mechanisms of evolution that allow species to persist. (

Mr Stephen Kissane

Wet lab manager

Mr Kissane was awarded a Bsc in biosciences from Birmingham University in 1999. Since then he has accumulated 18 years of experience in molecular biology, including in the specialised areas of microarrays technology, sequencing, quantitative PCR and automated sample processing

Dr Vignesh Dhandapani

Scientific Consultant

Dr Dahandapani is an experienced bioinformatician in the field of Life and Environmental Science. He specialises in the analysis of multidimensional data sets including genomics, metagenomics, transcriptomics, epigenomics and ATAC sequencing. Dr Dahandapani developed methods for analysing high throughput sequencing data well beyond the state-of-the-art.  As a computational biologist, he has developed more than 7 databases and software’s and published 25 peer reviewed articles.