Want to join a mission-driven team with an ambitious goal?

The Billion Bottle Project is currently accepting applications for several positions!


Sanjit Datta

Board Member

M.S. Bioengineering, University of California at Berkeley

B.S. Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University

Sanjit Datta is currently a fourth-year medical student at Case Western Reserve University. Sanjit previously worked at the sensor design laboratory InnoSense to develop chemical technologies including biomolecular cancer diagnostics. He later spent two years testing new clinical radiology hardware and software for Siemens Healthcare; working closely with physicians at Stanford and UCSF in that role, he developed image guidance technology for minimally invasive procedures.

Valerie Carbajal

Operations Director

B.A. Molecular and Cell Biology, and Art Practice, University of California at Berkeley

Valerie Carbaial is currently a fourth-year medical student at Case Western Reserve University. During her time at Berkeley, she split her time between printmaking in the art studios and defining the anti-cancer properties of artemisinin and related compounds in triple-negative breast cancer cells. She also created and taught courses in her respective majors, including an “Anatomy for Artists” course, a “Spanish for Future Doctors” course, and an internship course for graduates of “Spanish for Future Doctors” in which students interned at various Spanish-speaking free clinics in the Bay Area. After graduating, she studied the potential use of reverse-engineered anti-psychotic medications in negatively regulating phosphatases in neuroblastoma cancer cells, helping to pave the way for the future use of these medications in treating various cancers.

Annika Sinha

Board Member

B.S. Biology, Mercer University

Annika Sinha is currently a fourth-year medical student at Case Western Reserve University. As an undergraduate, Annika led fundraising efforts for the Mercer Prosthetics and Orthotics Club, a non-profit organization that designs low-cost prosthetics and delivers them to patients in Vietnam. During her tenure, the organization was able to serve over 1,000 patients and was featured twice by the Clinton Global Initiative University.

Charit Tippareddy

Executive Director

B.S. Biochemical Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Charit Tippareddy is currently a second-year medical student at Case Western Reserve University. As an undergraduate, Charit's research was in the application of 2-dimensional nanomaterials in the detection of gases for use in biomedical devices. He also has a background in developing and running small scale bioreactors as well as large scale distillation columns. After graduating, Charit spent time in underserved villages in south India volunteering as a hospital intern.

Kerrin Sunshine

Impact Director

B.A. English Literature, Washington University in St. Louis

Kerrin Sunshine is currently a second-year medical student at Case Western Reserve University. As an undergraduate, in addition to her premed work, Kerrin focused much of her time on writing, both academically and creatively. After graduating, Kerrin spent a year working on the development of teaching anatomy in augmented reality at Case Western Reserve University and promoting the technology being used to do so: the Microsoft HoloLens.

David Pfau

David Pfau

Lab Manager

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

David Pfau is currently a fourth-year medical student at Case Western Reserve University. While earning his undergraduate degree at Georgia Tech, David developed code to aid in the study of the role of monocytes in supporting vascular network growth within an inflammatory injury, and he designed solar panels for Prox-1, a microsatellite designed to demonstrate automated trajectory control in low Earth orbit, scheduled for launch in 2017.

Eric Salomon

Engineering Committee

B.S. Biomedical Engineering, The Ohio State University

Eric Salomon is currently a fourth-year medical student at Case Western Reserve University. As an undergraduate, Eric worked on an engineering team to design, code, and build a reusable surgery simulation to improve safety and outcomes for endonasal pituitary adenoma resections. He also spent two years with modeling, development, and testing of a cell isolation and culture device with the potential to improve diagnostics and formation of complex therapies.

Kathryn Lundgren

Kathryn Lundgren

Engineering Intern

Major: Chemical Engineering, Minor: Ethics, Case Western Reserve University

Kathryn Lundgren is a senior undergraduate student studying chemical engineering at Case Western Reserve University. For four years, she has done research on both biosand and SODIS filtration techniques. As a freshman at Case, she traveled to northern Ghana for three weeks, designing and implementing a water filtration business for a remote community. Kathryn is currently working on an engineering water project for Engineers without Borders. Furthermore, she works in an environmental engineering lab where she is testing the use of algae to treat wastewater and create sustainable biofuel. Kathryn is passionate about water filtration and plans to pursue a career in filtration engineering.

Scott Wagner

Marketing Committee

B.A. Psychology, Dartmouth College

Scott Wagner is currently a fourth-year medical student at Case Western Reserve University. Prior to medical school, Scott worked for eight years as a business consultant in the biotechnology industry. He assessed the opportunity for new cardiovascular, respiratory and oncology products and led various market landscape assessment, market segmentation and product positioning engagements for industry-leading companies.

Brian Chin

Engineering Committee

B.S. Human Biology, University of California at San Diego
M.S. Molecular Biology, University of California at San Diego

Brian Chin is currently a fourth-year medical student at Case Western Reserve University. Brian previously studied molecular mechanisms behind bipolar disorder before studying the role of the NTRK1 gene in relation to bipolar disorder in addition to genetic predisposition to psychiatric disorders. He has expertise with genetics, molecular cloning, and cell biology. Additionally, he has an interest in 3d printing and assists with development of prototypes.

Harini Prabhakaran

Harini Prabhakaran

Education Committee

B.S. Neuroscience, The Ohio State University

Harini is currently a first-year medical student at NEOMED. As an undergraduate, Harini worked on a video game therapy project and personally studied what stimuli were most attended to by patients with hemispatial neglect. She also held advocacy positions in various organizations including the Indian American Association and Volunteers Around the World to raise awareness and funds for charity work.

Ashley Augustine

Communications Committee

B.A. Biological Sciences, Vanderbilt University

Ashley is currently a first-year medical student at Case Western Reserve University. As an undergraduate, Ashley's passion focused on the care and empowerment of children and adolescents. Her research assessed communication and sensory differences in infants and toddlers with Autism Spectrum Disorder, while her mentoring relationships led her to co-found a leadership and professional development conference for underserved high school students in Nashville.

Maggie Linz

Finance Director

B.A. Biology, Notre Dame of Maryland University

Maggie is currently a first-year medical student at Case Western Reserve University. As an undergraduate, Maggie realized that grant writing had the power to create positive change. She co-wrote a successful grant proposal to rebuild a well-known, structurally-unsound community center in an underserved neighborhood in Bayovar, Peru. Her letters to organizations and private donors garnered an additional $25,000 of support. Maggie also has experience writing scientific grant proposals to support clinical research on sickle cell disease.

Sam Stanley

Marketing Director

M.B.A. Financial Engineering, University of Alabama
B.S. Microbiology, University of Alabama

Sam Stanley is currently a first-year medical student at Case Western Reserve University. Prior to joining BBP, Sam led a research team working to define the relationship between human-microbiome constituent derived metabolites and the genetics of Parkinson's Disease. He also worked with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama to design novel methods of healthcare reimbursement delivery and competed on the national circuit as part of the Manderson Graduate School of Business's case competition team.

Anu Hanumanthu

Data and Publications Manager

B.S. Biological Sciences with an Integrative Physiology & Neurobiology Concentration, North Carolina State University

Anu Hanumanthu is currently a first-year masters student studying Medical Physiology at Case Western Reserve University. As an undergraduate, Anu divided her time between her leadership roles as a College of Sciences Ambassador and President of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and her research project on a Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry team to isolate and identify the crystallized structure of estrogen receptors implicated in playing significant roles as environmental risk factors for breast and cervical cancers. After graduating, Anu spent time in Harnett County, NC, volunteering as the Co-Director of the Student-Run Free Clinic and Mobile Clinics in the region, spearheading the mission to provide $500,000 worth of free health care services for underserved, uninsured, and undocumented locals.

Lisa Armstrong

Impact Committee

B.A. Psychology, University of Calgary

Lisa Armstrong is currently a first-year graduate student in the Master of Science in Epidemiology program at the University of Alberta. Lisa's research and professional work focuses on improving the nutrition, physical activity, and mental health of children and their families in rural and remote communities. She is currently the Research Coordinator for APPLE Schools(.ca), a school-focused health promotion initiative that impacts the lives of more than 20,000 students annually in 70 schools across northern Canada.

Gordon MacDougall

Communications Director

M.S. Physiology and Biophysics, Georgetown University
B.S. Science-Business, University of Notre Dame

Gordon MacDougall is currently a second-year medical student at Case Western Reserve University. As an undergraduate, Gordon's research focused on cellular biology and microbiology with regards to the causes of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. After earning his undergraduate degree, he taught middle school science on Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota while volunteering as a nurse aide at the Pine Ridge Indian Health Service hospital.

Lei Kang

OSPRI Program Manager

B.S.N. Nursing, University of Pennsylvania

Lei Kang is currently a first-year medical student at Case Western Reserve University. Having spent part of her childhood in the rural side of China where there was water shortage, she understands the importance of being able to have adequate clean water. Therefore, she hopes to be able to contribute in the creation of a sustainable, affordable device to help provide clean water around the world. In the future, she hopes to be able to help bridge the use of acupuncture and herbal medicine with standard allopathic medicine.

Advisory Board

Daniel Lacks, Ph.D.

Daniel Lacks is the C. Benson Branch Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Case Western Reserve University. He leads engineering study abroad courses in Botswana and other African countries, directs Fulbright professional development programs for international faculty, and has worked with universities in Myanmar and the Philippines on curriculum development.

Susan Wentz, M.D., M.S.

Susan Wentz directs the Office of Urban Health, the Urban Area Health Education Center and NetWellness at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She develops collaborative programs joining university and community partners to address important health needs and provides community-based experiences for medical students through a broad spectrum of opportunities.

Sam Mesiano, Ph.D.

Sam Mesiano is a Professor with joint appointments in the Case Western Reserve University Departments of Reproductive Biology and Physiology and Biophysics. He also serves as the Director of the University Hospitals Obstetrics and Gynecology Research Division. His research is funded by the Gates Foundation, March of Dimes, and National Institutes of Health, among other organizations.