TV Show Host/ Actress/ Technical Consultant
Batula Zaidi, PhD, earned her doctorate in 2012 in cancer genomics. She was a Howard Hughes Fellow at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western reserve university, driving a publication in the journal science in cancer genomics. She has managed collaborations bridging MIT, Harvard, and the Broad Institute while in Boston, where she earned a reputation as a pioneer in methods brokering multimillion dollar deals between academic institutions and big pharma and biotech corporations. She was recruited by the CEO of Groupon to help develop, market, and sell a line of cancer diagnostics through a new Chicago based company called Tempus for testing and software products to personalize cancer care for patients. Batula launched FireFly in September of 2018 (Firefly is a tradename of GrantSharks LLC) with the goal of bringing large investments from her big pharma partners in Boston to scientists and innovators in Cleveland. She has a passion for bringing scientific literacy to underprivileged and underserved children in Cleveland and actively works on multiple projects with Prelude2Cinema and the Hathaway Brown School for Girls to reach as many children as possible.
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