Stephen Cherniske, M.Sc.
Chief Scientific Officer, Univera, Inc.
Stephen Cherniske has served as Chief Scientific Officer of Univera from its founding in 1998. In this role, Cherniske’s leadership has helped Univera to become a global leader in natural products research and development.
Stephen earned a Masters in nutrition science, and went on to become a distinguished graduate level educator and researcher in the fields of immunology, sports medicine, and nutrition. While serving as a university instructor in clinical nutrition, Stephen also served on the faculty of the American College of Sports Medicine. He later went on to direct the nation’s first Federally licensed clinical laboratory, specializing in nutrition and immunology.
Stephen's insights and continued research has earned him international acclaim as an educator, researcher and anti-aging pioneer. He is the chief architect of the metabolic model of aging, a model which has been presented at medical conferences around the world and is summarized in his best-selling book, The Metabolic Plan (Ballantine 2003).
Jimin Cha, Ph.D.
Managing Director, R&D, Unigen Pharmaceuticals
Dr. Cha joined Unigen in 1995, and has served in a number of key roles, including liaison between research affiliates, raw materials purchasing; quality surveillance; licensing review; and sales support throughout Asia. Prior to joining the ECONET, Dr. Cha created a rich career in research, where he directed a number of laboratories focusing on water quality and management issues, and sea water pollution.
Dr. Cha has established himself as a highly-valued scientist and citizen, and he continues to participate in the environmental forum at the Korea National Congress, and has served on the Ministry of the Environment, the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, under the Korean government. At Unigen, Dr. Cha has been instrumental in building high-quality, safe, tested, and reliable products that continue to set the standard for scientific integrity.
Bobby Hanna, BS in Biological Sciences
Executive Administrative Assistant to Stephen Cherniske
Bobby Hanna joined the ECONET consortium in September of 2004, as a scientist for Unigen focused in the generation of the High Throughput Purification Library. In this role, Bobby prepared standard HTP fractions from plant samples and performed submissions of these fractions for internal and external screenings.
Before joining the ECONET, Bobby worked as a researcher for Battelle Marines Science Laboratory. Stationed in the Ecotoxicology Department, her primary work involved leading The Endocrine Disruptor Program. She also handled sediment testing, routine analyses, blood sampling and Quality Control data reviews.