Meet the Team

Vanessa Burns, Co-Founder of LumosTechVanessa Burns

PhD Candidate, Chemical and Systems Biology, Stanford University School of Medicine, CA
BS, Bioengineering, California Institute of Technology, CA 2011

Vanessa’s current research in neuroscience focuses on stress and learning in zebrafish. She began her scientific career at Caltech, earning a degree in bioengineering and a minor in English. Her spare time was taken up as a tutor and NCAA fencer (and with learning how to longboard!). Vanessa leverages her broad scientific background and strong leadership and teamwork abilities on a daily basis as CEO of LumosTech.

As more of a night owl, Vanessa typically uses our sleep mask to readjust her schedule for morning meetings.

Biquan Luo, Co-Founder of LumosTechBiquan Luo

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Pathology, Stanford University, CA, 2013-present.
PhD, Genetics, Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Southern California, CA, 2013
B.S., Biological Sciences, Peking University, China, 2007

Biquan obtained her Ph.D. at the University of Southern California, with research focused on hematopoietic stem cell and hematological malignancies. She is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at Stanford University studying blood cancer at the level of molecular genetics using next-generation sequencing. She is an alumnus of Stanford Innovation Farm (iFarm) Program for technology transfer, and a current member of the Stanford Venture Studio at the Stanford Graduate School of Business with the rest of LumosTech team.

Her experience promoting campus-wide events as an undergraduate for numerous student organizations has prepared her for the current role as the Chief Marketing Officer. She organized and promoted a large fundraising marathon for the Red Cross and facilitated the Peking University Voice competition for the 20,000+ students at the school. Additionally, her unofficial involvement in marketing and branding for her friend’s startup company has provided her real-world experience in this domain.

Advisory members

Gucci Jijuan Gu, Co-Founder of LumosTechGucci Jijuan Gu

Postdoctoral scholar, 2013-present, Personalized Medicine, Stanford University, USA
Researcher, 2013-present, Molecular Tools, Uppsala University, Sweden
PhD, 2008-2012, Molecular Tools and Molecular Medicine, Uppsala University, Sweden

Gucci is a postdoctoral scholar in personalized medicine and molecular tools. Her scientific research is focused on developing advanced molecular tools to explore new scopes of human health and personalized medicine. During her graduate studies and beyond she has worked with multiple companies such as GE Healthcare and AstraZeneca; these experiences are invaluable in her advisory role at LumosTech.

Gucci after work delights in time spent with family and friends, as well as practicing yoga.

Kristin Gleitsman, Co-Founder of LumosTechKristin Gleitsman

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Stanford University, CA 2010-2013
PhD, Chemistry, California Institute of Technology, CA 2010
MPhil, Materials Science, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England 2003
BA, Chemistry, Vassar College, NY 2002

Dr. Kristin Gleitsman is a scientist at a biotechnology company. Kristin began her scientific career at Vassar College, and subsequently studied abroad as a Gates Cambridge and Fulbright (Russia) Scholar before beginning her graduate work at the California Institute of Technology. Her diverse research training experiences provide a broad and solid scientific foundation, and her role as a scientist in the biotech sector provides insight into a company culture that fosters innovation and excitement, and she draws on both experiences in her advisory role at LumosTech.

In her ‘free time’, Kristin can be found chasing two small children around. And, boy howdy, nothing teaches you the value of sleep like small children! Kristin has been known to don our sleep mask to better align her sleep cycle with that of her early rising children!

Professor Jamie Zeitzer Jamie Zietzer, Scientific Advisor

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Science – Stanford/VA Aging Clinical Research Center
PhD, Neurobiology, Harvard University
AB, Biology, Vassar College

Dr. Jamie Zeitzer is a key opinion leader in the field of circadian rhythm disruptions, has authored more than 50 publications in the field, and conducted numerous clinical trials related to sleep and circadian rhythm disregulation. Dr. Zeitzer is currently funded by both the NIH and VA to examine fundamental properties of non-image forming photoreception in humans- basically, everything that the eye does with light except what is thought of as “vision.” He examines the manner in which humans respond to light and ways to manipulate this responsiveness. His work has direct application in jet lag, shift work, and altered sleep timing in teens and older individuals.

Dr. Zeitzer and his collaborators discovered the light flash effects on circadian entrainment and established the circadian role of the melanopsin system- the technology that the LumosTech is developing.