Team Members

tanja_kral_2016.jpgTanja Kral, PhD, Founder

Dr. Kral is an Associate Professor in the Schools of Nursing and Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Her background in Nutrition Science and child behavior modification strategies is well suited to a nutrition and health focused intervention such as MeMix.  Dr. Kral collaborates with an extensive network of autism and nutrition researchers and can bring the latest insights into the app development, pursue nondilutive funding opportunities, as well as design and conduct research trials to validate the efficacy of the technology intervention, which is integral to MeMix.


Ryan Mendoza, MSRyan Headshot (3) (003)

Ryan Mendoza is a Venture Associate at PCI Ventures, part of the Penn Center of Innovation at the University of Pennsylvania. He manages a portfolio of IT and physical sciences companies. Ryan has a background in entrepreneurship where he has had several different roles, including Senior VP of Engineering at Graphene Frontiers. He was also an engineer with Lockheed Martin in the Space Systems division. Ryan has a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering.


Advisory Board

jgthomas_photo__thumbnailGraham Thomas, PhD

Dr. Thomas is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center of the Miriam Hospital and Alpert Medical School at Brown University.  He specializes in the use of mobile health (mHealth) technology for behavior assessment and intervention with a focus on obesity and related conditions.

Jennifer Pinto-Martin, PhD, MPHjennifer-pinto-martin

Dr. Pinto-Martin, Viola MacInnes/Independence Professor, is the Director of the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities Research and Epidemiology (CADDRE). Dr. Pinto-Martin is principal investigator of the Study to Explore Early Development (SEED), which is a CDC-funded multi-site study of the risk and factors associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder.


levy-susanSusan Levy, MD, MPH

Dr. Levy, Professor of Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the Perelman School of Medicine at UPENN, is a neurodevelopmental disabilities pediatrician. She is a researcher in the Center for Autism Research, Vice Chair of the Institutional Review Board of CHOP, and a member of the Center for Public Health Initiatives at UPENN. She has worked closely with Dr. Pinto-Martin on a CDC funded grant studying children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.