Khadijah is founder and Executive Director of BetterBio, a Massachusetts-registered nonprofit that equips teen citizen science journalists with the tools to advocate for community health and well-being. Khadijah grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts and nurtured her interest in biotechnology from a young age. She spent three years as a bench researcher before deciding to study the governmental and corporate structures that drive innovation, majoring in international relations and economics at Mills College. Upon graduation, Khadijah returned to Cambridge to study ethics and education at Harvard University, while beginning her professional career as a media arts teacher and spearheading a number of journalism, film and publishing projects.In 2010, Khadijah received her JD from Boston University School of Law, where she focused on biotechnology patent law. She is currently finishing her Master’s in Public Health at Boston University with a concentration in International Health. While building BetterBio, she serves as a part-time program associate at Community Catalyst’s Prescription Access and Quality Project, supporting consumer voices in healthcare policy.
Brendan is BetterBio’s Program Coordinator. He graduated from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in 2012, and currently works at Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company in Cambridge, MA. Brendan is incredibly passionate about improving STEM education, and believes that it will have a direct impact on the future economic success of the United States. His interest in this area took off when he helped launch the MadSciMag Initiative in the fall of 2011. Brendan still helps run this program today, in collaboration with Science Club for Girls. He cites Geoffrey Canada’s Harlem Children’s Zone as a source of inspiration to help improve education. In his spare time, Brendan enjoys cycling and running, and is a competitive speed skater. If he’s not on his bike, out for a run, or on the ice, you can probably find him at a coffee shop in Cambridge reading a book on economics or public policy.