Our Advisors

Our research is constantly informed and guided by a growing panel of experts.

Dr. Christian Franck

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Grainger Institute for Engineering

Christian Franck is a mechanical engineer specializing in cellular biomechanics and new experimental mechanics techniques at the micro and nanoscale. He received his B.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Virginia in 2003, and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in 2004 and 2008. Dr. Franck held a post-doctoral position at Harvard investigating brain and neural trauma. He was an assistant and associate professor in mechanics at Brown University from 2009-2018, and is now the Grainger Institute for Engineering Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin.

His lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has developed unique three-dimensional full-field imaging capabilities based on confocal microscopy and digital volume correlation. Current application areas of these three-dimensional microscopy techniques include understanding the 3D deformation behavior of neurons in the brain during traumatic brain injuries, the adhesion and migration behavior of human neutrophils in 3D environments, and the role of non-linear material deformations in soft matter.

Dr. Ted Delianides, Ph.D.

Co-Founder and COO

Kestrel Labs

Ted Delianides has extensive experience with technology development and company operations in diverse product fields, including medical devices, optical networks, and lightweight composite materials. Dr. Delianides has worked with four other start-up companies, including Zolo Technologies, Inc., a subsystems provider of DWDM optical network components, ArmorWorks, Inc., a manufacturer of advanced ceramic-composite armor, and A3 Technologies, Inc., a technology spin-off from the 1992 America's Cup yacht races. He also worked as a staff scientist at Datex-Ohmeda on novel methods of blood pressure measurement. Dr. Delianides holds a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from George Washington University and a Ph.D. in Aeronautics/Astronautics (minor in Electrical Engineering / Optics) from Stanford University. Prior to founding Kestrel Labs, Dr. Delianides' positions included Project Director (Embedded Monitors) for Zolo Technologies, Inc. and VP of Research, Development, and Engineering at ArmorWorks, Inc.

Dr. John C. Hughes, D.O.

Founder, Aspen Integrative Medicine

CEO and Founding Partner

TBI Therapy, LLC

Dr. John Hughes, D.O. practices osteopathic and integrative medicine. His clinic, Aspen Integrative Medicine provides the latest innovations in modern and natural medical care in Aspen and Basalt, Colorado. He is also the founder of TBI Therapy, a clinic that offers treatment for traumatic brain injury. Dr. Hughes graduated from the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2007 and received training in family practice at the University of Arizona.

Dr. Hughes has pursued extensive post-graduate training in integrative medicineprolotherapy and osteopathic manipulative therapy. He is a speaker for the Aspen Sports Medicine Foundation (ASMF), the American Academy of Ozonotherapy (AAO) and the American Association of Orthopaedic Medicine (AAOM).

Jonas Pologe

Co-Founder and CEO

Kestrel Labs

Jonas Pologe has over thirty years of engineering and research experience in the medical device industry and is considered one of the world's foremost experts on the science of pulse oximetry. He was an original member of BIOX, the company that developed the first commercially-viable pulse oximeter, and spent seventeen years with Datex-Ohmeda (now part of GE Healthcare) and its predecessor companies. In addition to his skills in electronic hardware and software engineering, Mr. Pologe's areas of research specialization are in photoplethysmographic monitoring and spectrophotometric analysis. In 1991, Mr. Pologe was a member of an expedition climbing Mt. Everest, during which he conducted a field research project on pulse oximetry at extreme high altitude. He is the author of over 20 patents related to pulse oximetry, as well as numerous articles and presentations at technical meetings in this field. Mr. Pologe holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from George Washington University. Prior to founding Kestrel Labs, Mr. Pologe held the positions of Vice President of R&D, Quartz Medical, and Manager of Research and Chief Scientist for Datex-Ohmeda's Pulse Oximetry business unit.