Our team

Meet the BrainCheck team


BrainCheck started with a great founder and has grown into an all-star team that brings together the best of business, science, technology, and customer service. We’re constantly crafting a better product by testing it in the field and transforming our findings into game-changing solutions.


David Eagleman Headshot

David Eagleman

Co-founder & CSO

Dr. David Eagleman is a visionary leader in the field of neuroscience. He currently teaches at Stanford University and heads the Center for Science and Law. In addition to receiving numerous awards and recognition for his academic research and work, David is a New York Times best-selling author, a TED speaker, and the creator and host of the PBS series The Brain. He is a sought-after speaker renowned for his knack of making science accessible to everyone.

Yael Katz

Yael Katz

Co-founder & CEO

Yael brings her expertise in entrepreneurship, neuroscience, and big data to BrainCheck. Yael was vice president at JW Player, a pioneering video technology company in New York City, leading marketing, strategy, and operations from the early stages. Prior to that, she served as a management consultant at Campbell Alliance, a boutique life sciences firm.
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Yael holds a B.A. in physics from Penn, a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Northwestern, and was a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton working on information processing in animal groups. She is the author of numerous peer-reviewed papers in top journals and is the recipient of multiple awards, including an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biological Informatics. Yael is also the founder of a computer vision startup, CountVision LLC.

Jordan Weinstein

Jordan Weinstein

VP of Business Development

Jordan helps tech companies grow via channel partnerships and direct sales. He previously worked in the ecommerce space leading global strategic partnerships for ChannelAdvisor, where he was responsible for building productive partner relationships with leading companies like Amazon, Google and eBay. Jordan recently served as general manager of ChannelAdvisor in London. While in London he was responsible for all aspects of the EMEA operation, including sales, partnerships, and customer success. Jordan holds a BA and MBA from Duke University.

Benjamin Flores

Benjamin Flores

Director of Customer Success

Benjamin brings a unique background of sport performance and athletic training to BrainCheck. Previously, he worked in the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Department of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation as a graduate assistant. During his time in Hawaii, he helped organize and implement concussion testing in all public high school athletics departments throughout the islands. The data collected from this initiative sparked a research collaboration that led to the passing of Hawaii’s concussion law (House Bill 2273).

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Benjamin is a native Houstonian and earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology at the University of Houston.

Brandon Dawkins

Brandon Dawkins

Business Development Representative

Karina Soto

Karina Soto-Ruiz

Director of Clinical Development

Karina brings more than 10 years of both healthcare and research experience to BrainCheck, handling clinical research in the acute head injury and cognition space. Whether she’s seeing patients on top of a Honduran mountain or teaching students the wonders of research in a hospital, Karina enjoys versatility. From grant writing and protocol design, to patient recruitment, data analysis and publication writing, she is a fierce advocate for research that will have a meaningful impact on patient lives.

Bassel Samman

Senior Developer

A natural problem solver, Bassel has helped numerous small businesses build new products and bring them to market. His core expertise are backend web development, security, and infrastructure. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a degree in computer science. When not knee-deep in code, Bassel is lost in his curiosity, tinkering and hacking away. He always finds something to fix, enhance or create.

David Meinrath

David Meinrath

Junior Developer

Steven Joseph

Senior Engineer

Mosheh Poltorak

Mosheh Poltorak

VP of Product & Marketing

Fernanda Cantu

Fernanda Cantu

Marketing Manager

Fernanda is a writer who enjoys helping people connect with brands. She earned her B.A. in communication from the University of Texas at San Antonio, then went on to work as a copywriter at PCCA, where she used her content marketing and digital expertise to connect patients with personalized medicine. Fernanda is a member of PRSA, an ACES member, and a die-hard Ann Wylie fan. She currently lives in Houston with her dog, Oliver.

Iliana Teran

Iliana Teran

Graphic Designer

Samantha Groppel

Samantha Groppel

Research Intern

Sasha Davenport

Strategic Partnership Advisor

Sasha incorporated her first business as an undergrad in New York City where she studied neuroscience and law. As a grad student, she worked in neurogenesis and neuroimaging labs, and started a think tank studying the neuroscience of warfare that resulted in an invitation to present findings at the United States Military Academy. As senior research fellow in the laboratory of Dr. David Eagleman at Baylor College of Medicine…

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she worked with big data and developed psychometric tools to analyze the neuropsychology of criminal behavior that is being used in the third largest city in the U.S. At BrainCheck, she works with anyone from local schools to global systems to bring the latest in neuroscience into the hands of those anywhere.

Jose Azuara

Jose Azuara

Product Design Advisor

Jose is a graphic and product designer with a passion for branding and UI/UX systems. He previously worked for a business accelerator where he helped design an online portal to help small- to medium-size businesses access and adopt new technologies. Jose has also developed branding for clients with a nationwide presence in Mexico and the U.S. — from logo identity to marketing collateral, web design, and illustration.

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He taught himself English to keep enjoying more of his favorite content on his favorite media — books, music, movies, and most importantly, video games.