Our Team

About the Long Covid Research Initiative

  • The Long Covid Research Initiative (LCRI) is a collaboration among scientists, clinicians, and patients to rapidly and comprehensively study and treat Long Covid 
  • LCRI is a PolyBio Research Foundation Initiative. PolyBio is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

Scientific Team

Founder, PolyBio Foundation

Founder of PolyBio and LCRI. Renowned microbiologist focused on infection-associated chronic illness.

PolyBio Foundation, Harvard Medical School

Founder of PolyBio. Massachusetts General Hospital neuroscientist specialising in ME/CFS.

Prof Akiko Iwasaki

Yale University

Professor of Immunobiology and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at Yale University

University of California
San Francisco

World renowned expert in HIV cure research, now focused on Long Covid.

Prof John Wherry

University of Pennsylvania

Chair, Department of Systems Pharmacology and Translational Therapeutics, and Director, Institute for Immunology

Prof Diane Griffin

Johns Hopkins

Professor of infectious diseases and of neurology. Research focuses on viral diseases

Mount Sinai Hospital
New York

Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine.

University of California
San Francisco

Specialist in immunomodulatory and stem cell transplantation approaches to HIV-1 cure.

Prof Chris Dupont

J. Craig Venter Institute

Associate Professor in the Genomic Medicine, Environment & Sustainability, and Synthetic Biology groups

Prof Sara Cherry

University of Pennsylvania

Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Dr David Systrom

Harvard Medical School

Member of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School

Prof Wes Ely

Vanderbilt University

Professor of medicine with subspecialty training in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.

Prof Richard Scheuermann

J. Craig Venter Institute

Director of Informatics, an adjunct professor of pathology at U.C. San Diego

Prof Harlan Krumholz

Yale University

Cardiologist, leading research scientist, and Professor of Medicine

Prof Alessio Fasano

Harvard Medical School

Chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at Mass General for Children

Prof Vincent Marconi

Emory University

Professor of Medicine in Infectious Disease and Global Health. HIV Cure and COVID Researcher with a focus on immune modulators

Prof Marcelo Freire

J. Craig Venter Institute

Associate professor in the Genomic Medicine and Infectious Disease Department

Stanford University

Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine - Primary Care and Population Health


Prof Zian Tseng

University of California, San Francisco

Cardiologist and a cardiac electrophysiologist, with expertise in risk stratification of patients prone to sudden death

Prof Peter Novak

Harvard Medical School

Associate Professor of Neurology, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Cardiff University, University Hospital of Wales

Consultant Respiratory Clinician; PI on multiple Long Covid studies; Long Covid clinic lead.

University of California
San Francisco

Professor in Residence, Director of the Radiopharmaceutical Research Program.

Prof Gene Tan

J. Craig Venter Institute

Assistant professor working in the Infectious Disease group

Cardiff University

Chair of infection and immunity. Immunologist focused on pathogens such as HIV-1 and SARS-CoV-2.

Founding Team

Founder, PolyBio Foundation


Helga Gutmane

Growth Investor, KKR

Henry Scott-Green

Product Manager, Google

Operating Team


Community Director
ex Effective Altruism Netherlands

Will Nunn

Bain & Company

Aimee Weiss

Philanthropy Advisor

NHS England

Nahid Samsami

Senior Director, Product Management

New South Wales Health

Respiratory Medicine Consultant
Manchester UK

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