Christopher Konop, Ph.D., Executive Director   Christopher has his Ph.D. in the field of neurobiology and completed a postdoc in the Department of Zoology studying neuropeptide mediated signaling pathways involved in motor control. Currently Christopher serves as WiSolve's Executive Director. Before co-founding WiSolve Consulting Group, Christopher participated in the Wisconsin Entrepreneurial Bootcamp. He has consulted for a small pharmaceutical company, working on a wide range of projects in technology assessment, market analysis, competitive intelligence, and helping to generate investor-facing materials. Christopher is an Advisory Board member for the Advocacy Consortium for Entrepreneurs (ACE) and the outreach chair for the UW-Madison Postdoctoral Association. As Executive Director at WiSolve, Christopher is responsible for fostering relationships with our strategic partners, acquiring new clients, and managing the portfolio of current engagements.

Christopher Konop, Ph.D., Executive Director

Christopher has his Ph.D. in the field of neurobiology and completed a postdoc in the Department of Zoology studying neuropeptide mediated signaling pathways involved in motor control. Currently Christopher serves as WiSolve's Executive Director. Before co-founding WiSolve Consulting Group, Christopher participated in the Wisconsin Entrepreneurial Bootcamp. He has consulted for a small pharmaceutical company, working on a wide range of projects in technology assessment, market analysis, competitive intelligence, and helping to generate investor-facing materials. Christopher is an Advisory Board member for the Advocacy Consortium for Entrepreneurs (ACE) and the outreach chair for the UW-Madison Postdoctoral Association. As Executive Director at WiSolve, Christopher is responsible for fostering relationships with our strategic partners, acquiring new clients, and managing the portfolio of current engagements.

Jonathan Lenz, Ph.D., Director of Operations Postdoc, Department of Medical Microbiology & Immunology  Jonathan is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Medical Microbiology & Immunology (MMI) where he studies how pathogenic bacteria interact with human tissues. Since arriving at UW he has been active in postdoctoral leadership, serving as President of the UW-Madison Postdoctoral Association from 2015-2017, sitting on the UW-Madison Office of Postdoctoral Studies Advisory Committee, and representing postdocs at MMI department faculty meetings from 2012-2016. Jonathan is a 2017 Wisconsin Entrepreneurial Bootcamp alum and participated in the 2016 Postdoctoral Training Course on Scientific Leadership & Management. He is the recipient of an NRSA Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. As Director of Operations at WiSolve, Jonathan oversees organizational planning, including developing consultant teams and managing the project portfolio.

Jonathan Lenz, Ph.D., Director of Operations
Postdoc, Department of Medical Microbiology & Immunology

Jonathan is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Medical Microbiology & Immunology (MMI) where he studies how pathogenic bacteria interact with human tissues. Since arriving at UW he has been active in postdoctoral leadership, serving as President of the UW-Madison Postdoctoral Association from 2015-2017, sitting on the UW-Madison Office of Postdoctoral Studies Advisory Committee, and representing postdocs at MMI department faculty meetings from 2012-2016. Jonathan is a 2017 Wisconsin Entrepreneurial Bootcamp alum and participated in the 2016 Postdoctoral Training Course on Scientific Leadership & Management. He is the recipient of an NRSA Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. As Director of Operations at WiSolve, Jonathan oversees organizational planning, including developing consultant teams and managing the project portfolio.

Muhammad M. Khalifa, Director of Marketing and Sales Graduate Student, Pharmaceutical Sciences Division  Muhammad is a PhD candidate in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Division studying organic chemistry with an emphasis on small molecule synthesis, methodology development, and medicinal chemistry in the context of anti-infectious disease drug discovery. As a founding member of the group, Muhammad led a project that shaped WiSolve’s marketing strategy towards attracting member-consultants and clients. He has also participated in projects related to SBIR/STTR grant generation and early review for the commercialization of new technologies. As Director of Marketing and Sales, Muhammad is responsible for cultivating relationships that enable WiSolve consultants to remain at the forefront of hypothesis-driven solutions to our clients’ business needs.

Muhammad M. Khalifa, Director of Marketing and Sales
Graduate Student, Pharmaceutical Sciences Division

Muhammad is a PhD candidate in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Division studying organic chemistry with an emphasis on small molecule synthesis, methodology development, and medicinal chemistry in the context of anti-infectious disease drug discovery. As a founding member of the group, Muhammad led a project that shaped WiSolve’s marketing strategy towards attracting member-consultants and clients. He has also participated in projects related to SBIR/STTR grant generation and early review for the commercialization of new technologies. As Director of Marketing and Sales, Muhammad is responsible for cultivating relationships that enable WiSolve consultants to remain at the forefront of hypothesis-driven solutions to our clients’ business needs.

Zhihui (Jennifer) Yao, Director of Finance Graduate Student, Biophysics Program  Jennifer is a Ph.D. candidate majoring in Biophysics. Her research is to understand the structural and function relationship of peptide toxins. Jennifer is the president of a registered student organization Asian Student Supporting Group with a focus on career development. She also participated in the Wisconsin Entrepreneurial Bootcamp. Jennifer has consulted with local biotech companies in technology validation and market analysis areas in order to raise capitals from potential investors. Experienced in strategic planning, Jennifer is responsible for accounting, billing and fundraising needs of the group.

Zhihui (Jennifer) Yao, Director of Finance
Graduate Student, Biophysics Program

Jennifer is a Ph.D. candidate majoring in Biophysics. Her research is to understand the structural and function relationship of peptide toxins. Jennifer is the president of a registered student organization Asian Student Supporting Group with a focus on career development. She also participated in the Wisconsin Entrepreneurial Bootcamp. Jennifer has consulted with local biotech companies in technology validation and market analysis areas in order to raise capitals from potential investors. Experienced in strategic planning, Jennifer is responsible for accounting, billing and fundraising needs of the group.

Marc G. Chevrette, Ph.D., Director of Technology Postdoc, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery  Marc works in the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, where he develops computational methods to discover new drugs from the genomes of bacteria. Marc has extensive experience in the drug discovery and biotechnology industries. As Director of Technology, Marc manages WiSolve’s digital assets, website, electronic record keeping, and analytics.

Marc G. Chevrette, Ph.D., Director of Technology
Postdoc, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery

Marc works in the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, where he develops computational methods to discover new drugs from the genomes of bacteria. Marc has extensive experience in the drug discovery and biotechnology industries. As Director of Technology, Marc manages WiSolve’s digital assets, website, electronic record keeping, and analytics.

Xiangyang Liu, Director of Human Resources Graduate Student, Biophysics  Xiangyang is a PhD candidate in the Biophysics Program with expertise in synthetic biology and peptide chemistry. He is a founding member and the president of Biophysical Society Student Chapter at University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received new product development training from University of Wisconsin Business School Center for Professional & Executive Development. As the Director of Human Resources at WiSolve, Xiangyang oversees the internal communications and manages consultants.

Xiangyang Liu, Director of Human Resources
Graduate Student, Biophysics

Xiangyang is a PhD candidate in the Biophysics Program with expertise in synthetic biology and peptide chemistry. He is a founding member and the president of Biophysical Society Student Chapter at University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received new product development training from University of Wisconsin Business School Center for Professional & Executive Development. As the Director of Human Resources at WiSolve, Xiangyang oversees the internal communications and manages consultants.

Josh Mitchell, Director of Professional Development Graduate Student, Biochemistry  Josh Mitchell is a PhD candidate in the Integrated Program in Biochemistry (IPiB). His research focuses on elucidating the effects of understudied proteins in eosinophils to help determine how activation and migration of these white blood cells contributes to a vast array of human health events. Josh is the IPiB outreach cochair and is a founding member of GradParent, a group dedicated to undergraduate student mentorship through graduate students. As Director of Professional Development, he helps foster and guide the education and learning of WiSolve members through various workshops, seminars, and other professional development opportunities.

Josh Mitchell, Director of Professional Development
Graduate Student, Biochemistry

Josh Mitchell is a PhD candidate in the Integrated Program in Biochemistry (IPiB). His research focuses on elucidating the effects of understudied proteins in eosinophils to help determine how activation and migration of these white blood cells contributes to a vast array of human health events. Josh is the IPiB outreach cochair and is a founding member of GradParent, a group dedicated to undergraduate student mentorship through graduate students. As Director of Professional Development, he helps foster and guide the education and learning of WiSolve members through various workshops, seminars, and other professional development opportunities.