Ixcela Leadership Team

Erika Angle, Ph.D.

Erika Angle, Ph.D.

CEO and Co-founder

Meet Biochemist Dr. Erika Ebbel Angle, the force behind Ixcela. Erika serves as Chief Executive Officer and is the cofounder of Ixcela.

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Wayne Matson, Ph.D

Wayne Matson, Ph.D

Chief Scientist and Co-founder

Dr. Wayne Matson is co-founder of Ixcela and serves as its Chief Scientist. He has been at the center of the field of metabolomics for 30 years.

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David Strauss

David Strauss

VP of Global Sales

VP of Global Sales David Strauss is responsible for Ixcela’s global commercial sales. David brings extensive experience in team development, start-up intensity, rapid growth and scaling, and a results-driven culture to Ixcela’s go-to-market and scaling mission.

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Slava M. Burdman

Slava M. Burdman

Chief Financial Officer

Slava Burdman is Ixcela’s Chief Financial Officer. As a financial planning and analysis expert, his specialties include capital funding, operations planning and analysis, commercial launch preparation, business development, and systems implementations.

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Samantha Nienow

Samantha Nienow

Chief Marketing Officer

Visual strategist and storyteller Samantha Nienow is responsible for designing the client's journey from taking the Ixcela gut microbiome test to feeling supported implementing lifestyle changes after receiving results.

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Suzanne Hammer

Suzanne Hammer

Chief of Staff

Suzanne handles scheduling, meeting support and office administration, and keeps things running smoothly from day to day. Before joining Ixcela, Suzanne worked in digital publishing.

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Monique Desnoyers

Monique Desnoyers

Lab Technician and Administrative Assistant

Ixcela's Lab Technician and Administrative Assistant, Monique Desnoyers, received her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 2018.

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Samantha Matson

Samantha Matson

Director of Research and Development

Samantha Matson studied biology and chemistry at LIU. She began her love of science as a 4 year old when her father would bring her to his lab on weekends.

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Nikhil Mirjankar, Ph.D.

Nikhil Mirjankar, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Nikhil is a chemist and chemical engineer with a multidisciplinary back ground in analytical chemistry, chemometrics, pattern recognition, and forensics.

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Kirby Parkhomenko

Kirby Parkhomenko

Account Executive

Kirby is passionate about helping more clients improve their gut microbiome through the Ixcela experience. As a Sales Associate, Kirby helps corporate accounts, as well as and health and fitness clubs connect with Ixcela.

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Jessica Petrucci

Jessica Petrucci

Digital Marketing Manager

Jessica is responsible for Marketing and Media at Ixcela. She delivers information to the public and plans customer engagement strategy.

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Srikant Sarangi, Ph.D.

Srikant Sarangi, Ph.D.

Director of Data Science and Engineering

Srikant is a biomedical engineer who joined Ixcela in 2016 following his graduation from Boston University. His background is in the field of medical device development, data analytics, biophysics, and protein characterization.

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Juxhin Shehu

Juxhin Shehu

Clinical Laboratory Supervisor

Juxhin is a chemist who joined Ixcela in 2018. He received his bachelors from Salem State University in 2008, and since then his background experience has been in analytical chemistry and regulatory compliance.

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Rachel Stuck, RDN

Rachel Stuck, RDN

Nutritionist & Account Manager

Rachel is responsible for creating nutrition-related content, nutrition counseling, and supporting the success of Ixcela business accounts.

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Dana Young

Dana Young

Senior Account Executive

Ixcela’s Senior Account Executive, Dana Young, is a highly accomplished and enthusiastic professional with ten years of successful sales experience in the health care space.

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