Our People

Yukie Takabatake, PhD

Yukie Takabatake, PhD

Principal Scientist

Yukie Takabatake, PhD is a Principal Scientist leading the bioassay development team at Yesse Technologies. Yukie has over 10 years of translational research experience in the fields of neuroscience and oncology.

Prior to her position at Yesse Technologies, Inc., Yukie was a postdoctoral fellow developing animal models of novel therapies against pediatric brain cancer at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in Long Island, NY. She received her BS in Biology from New York University and completed her PhD training in the laboratory of Dr. Doris Germain in the Department of Hematology and Oncology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Sigi Benjamin, PhD

Sigi Benjamin, PhD

Senior Scientist

Sigi Bejamin, PhD is a bioassay Scientist at Yesse Technologies Inc. Sigi’s expertise include: genetics, cell biology, imaging, and bioassays. Sigi is passionate about applying her biomedical research background to advancing drug discovery and improving diagnostics.

Prior to joining Yesse Technologies, Inc., Sigi worked with the Analytical Development group at Celgene performing and developing bioassays to support drug potency analysis. She received her PhD training in the laboratory of Dr. Mia Horowitz in the Department of Cell Research and Immunology at Tel Aviv University, Israel.

Sigi completed her postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Dr. Hermann Steller at The Rockefeller University.

Viktoriya Syrovatkina, PhD

Viktoriya Syrovatkina, PhD

Manager of Operations

Dr. Viktoriya Syrovatkina is responsible for Laboratory & Business Operations at Yesse Technologies. Viktoriya is a business-minded scientist who is passionate about commercializing novel technologies. Prior to joining Yesse Technologies, Viktoriya was a postdoctoral research fellow at Weill Cornell Medicine working in biomarker screening for metastatic cancer. Viktoriya completed her PhD training in the laboratory of Dr. Phong Tran in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and received her BS in Biology from St. Joseph’s College. Throughout her research career, she has stepped away from the bench to work on healthcare consulting projects and serve on the Board of Directors for the Weill Postdoctoral Association.

Viktoriya has a background working as both a team member and mentor in business plan projects at Weill Cornell, with the goal of bringing basic research discoveries to the clinic. From her years of diverse experiences in research and healthcare, Viktoriya is uniquely equipped to address challenging problems.

Luìs Diego Hoffman, PhD

Systems Engineer

Luis Diego Hoffman received his BSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Costa Rica in 2002. Afterwards he worked in the field of industrial automation, industrial systems integration and manufacturing tracking systems for 7 years. In 2011, he obtained a Master in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, magna cum laude from KU Leuven. Following his interest in neuroengineering, he started his PhD studies in electrical engineering in 2011 at imec and KU Leuven. There, he developed neural interfaces for optogenetic applications in rodents. In 2015, after his PhD, he continued developing the neurotechnological field as the Head of Engineering at the NeuroElectronics Research Flanders (NERF).

As from 2019 ─seeking a new exiting challenge in a startup─ he decided to join forces in Yesse Technologies as a Systems Engineer where he is leading the engineering efforts.