Ryan James is a PhD candidate in Biomedical and Health Informatics at the University of Washington. His research is focused on understanding how mixed reality can improve medical practices. His PhD committee includes Beth Ripley, MD, PhD (radiology), Tom Furness, PhD (the father of virtual reality), Jim Brinkley, MD, PhD (biological structure), and John Gennari, PhD (physiology). He received a B.S. in computer science from University of Michigan then worked as a full stack developer for Microsoft for four years.
Mark Laughery is a recent graduate from the Human-Centered Design & Engineering Masters program at the University of Washington. Prior to Pear Med, Mark worked as a User Experience Engineer on an NIH-funded global health project in Kenya, as well as for a health and academic research tech startup based in Nairobi. He has a colorful and expanding hat collection from his experience at startups across the US, Asia, and Africa. His background is in analytics and has a Bachelors of Science in Economics.