Ebrahim Afshinnekoo, Weill Cornell Medicine and New York Medical College 

Ebrahim Afshinnekoo is a second year medical student at New York Medical College and a Medical Student Research Fellow in the Mason Lab at Weill Cornell Medicine. He has directed the metagenomics projects in Dr. Mason’s laboratory over the last three years, most notably leading the PathoMap project. Ebrahim co-founded the MetaSUB International Consortium with Dr. Mason in 2015 and now serves as the Director of Metagenomics. He is very passionate about educational and community outreach, leading and designing many workshops and curricula on the subject of the microbiome, metagenomics, and bioinformatics analyses. Ebrahim’s research interests focus on the translation of metagenomics approaches to the clinical arena.

Sofia Ahsanuddin, Weill Cornell Medicine and NYU Tandon School of Engineering 

Sofia is the Executive Director of the MetaSUB International Consortium and is a Research Associate at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, where she works on the GoViral Study. Sofia has presented a TED talk on MetaSUB and has represented the consortium at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation meeting in London, UK; the World Government Summit in Dubai, UAE, where she organized a “StuckOnU” Metagenomics Experiment; and the International German Forum in Berlin, Germany, where she was invited to give an Innovation Spotlight Talk. Sofia is passionate about health disparities, health policy, and understanding the molecular basis of disease. Sofia graduated summa cum laude with a degree in political science and chemistry. She presently serves on the Steering Committee of the March for Science.