Our Leaders

BALSA leaders are passionate about supporting the business needs of our diverse clients while creating learning opportunities for our members. We rely on the experience and expertise of our executive leadership team to guide strategic growth and business development.


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Kyaw Thu Minn

PRESIDENT

Minn is a PhD candidate in the Biomedical Engineering program at Washington University. Minn joined the BALSA Group in 2017 and has served as a consultant, project manager, or project advisor on more than 10 projects. Minn is experienced in technology evaluation, business plan development, competitor analysis, and market analysis.

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Ankita Isor

VICE PRESIDENT

Ankita is a PhD candidate in the Chemistry program at Saint Louis University. Since joining the BALSA group in 2017, she has served as a consultant or project manager on more than 8 projects. These projects focused on secondary market analysis, competitor analysis, technology assessment, and pricing structure analyses.

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Chelsea Sondergard

VICE PRESIDENT

Chelsea is a PhD candidate in the Chemistry program at Saint Louis University. Chelsea joined the BALSA Group in 2017 and has worked on more than 8 projects as a consultant or project manager. Chelsea’s recent work has focused on market analysis, technology transfer, business strategy development, and primary research.

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Gina Castelvecchi

VICE PRESIDENT

Gina is a PhD candidate in the Developmental, Regenerative, and Stem Cell Biology Program at Washington University. Gina joined the BALSA group in 2017 and has worked on more than 8 projects. Her work has mainly focused on primary research, market analysis, and competitor analysis.

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Taylor Harris

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Taylor is a PhD candidate in the Biomedical Engineering program at Washington University. Taylor Joined the BALSA Group in 2017 and has served as a consultant or project manager on more than 4 projects. Taylor is experienced in technology evaluation, competitor analysis, and market analysis.

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Melanie Pullen

DIRECTOR OF FINANCE

Melanie is a PhD candidate in the Developmental, Regenerative and Stem Cell Biology program at Washington University. Melanie joined the BALSA Group in 2017 and has worked on more than 7 projects as a consultant, project manager, or advisor. Her work has focused on market analysis, competitor analysis, business strategy, and technology transfer.

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Emily Lewis

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING

Emily is a PhD candidate in the Developmental, Regenerative, and Stem Cell Biology program at Washington University. Emily joined the BALSA group in 2018 and has worked on more than 3 projects as a consultant or project manager. These projects focused on market and competitor analysis, technology transfer, business strategy, and primary research.

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Eva Kramer

DIRECTOR OF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Eva is a PhD candidate in the Developmental, Regenerative, and Stem Cell Biology program at Washington University. She joined the BALSA group 2 years ago and has served as a consultant, project manager, or adviser on more than 7 projects. Eva's recent work has focused on market analysis, competitor analysis, technology assessment, and market entry strategies.

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Megan Cohan

DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES

Megan is a Ph.D. candidate in Biomedical Engineering at Washington University. Since joining the BALSA group in 2018, Megan has served as a consultant or project manager on more than 3 projects, including piloting the BALSA associate partnership program with a global consulting firm. These projects have mainly focused on primary and secondary market research, competitor analysis, and technology assessment.