People of SquaredAnt

Present members

Sam Linsen is the founder of SquaredAnt. He got his PhD in genomics and bio-informatics at the Hubrecht Institute in the Netherlands. From 2010 he has worked in China, first as a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and later as an officer for Science and Technology at the Dutch Consulate-General in Shanghai. Sam founded SquaredAnt in 2017. This company promotes sustainability in our food chain, while conserving the effectiveness of antibiotics.

Boris Tefsen is the scientific advisor for SquaredAnt. He holds a PhD in Molecular Microbiology from Utrecht University, in the Netherlands. Currently he is associate professor at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in Suzhou, leading his own group that specializes in molecular pathways in bacteria that can aid in profiling, diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis.
According to Boris, the great strength of the SquaredAnt technology is its consumer-focused approach, which is going to push restaurants, food suppliers and farmers to maintain the highest and most sustainable practices related to antibiotic use. As such, it can contribute in the fight against the ongoing global spread of antimicrobial resistance.

Haoran Shi is back! After he obtained his MSc. at the University College of London, he returned to SquaredAnt to further develop his bio-tech skills. He is now optimizing and testing out platform with the goal of a first commercial operation in summer 2020.

Former members

Haoran Shi was the lead engineer for SquaredAnt from summer 2017 to 2018. Haoran graduated from Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University in Suzhou, China, where he majored in Biological Sciences. He is motivated to solve problems that relate to health & diet. By developing a sensor for antibiotics in food and water, he is enabling people to make informed decisions on healthy nutrition. He kickstarted the core technology of SquaredAnt, thanks Haoran your dedication and important contributions!

Ryanica Suryajaya graduated on Biological Sciences Bsc from Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool, Suzhou, China in 2018. She is passionate about helping to make a change that can contribute to the improvement of our environment. The overuse of antibiotics has become more of a concern for her and being a part of SquaredAnt during the summer of 2018 has enabled her to do something that would eventually spread the word. Thanks Ryanica for improving a number of steps in our pipeline and delivering great results!

Kelly van der Eng has been a Biology and Medical Laboratory research student at the Hogeschool Leiden, the Netherlands. In 2015 she received her level 4 Biotechnology Secondary Vocational Education degree. She has broadened her horizon at SquaredAnt, and contributed greatly in assays for the development of our prototype. Kelly spent one year and completed her graduation project at SquaredAnt in 2019.  She returned to the Netherlands to start (and, in a way, continue 😉 ) working for the GGD in Amsterdam.

XIE Zhuoting is interested in using computational techniques solving real world biology-related problems including antibiotic residue detection. At SquaredAnt, he developed and tested an algorithm for image optimization and data extraction in 2018-2019. As a biologist with an interest in computer science he continues to pursue his Master studies in a related field.

In summer 2019, SuaredAnt has employed two Technology Developers: Trillion Surya Lioe and Ziyi Feng. Both of them have distinguished themselves as academic top performers at the Xi’An Jiaotong Liverpool University in Suzhou. At SquaredAnt they formed a strong team, combining technical skills and an analytical mindset, working tirelessly on the first implementation of our technology in real-world samples.