Subject matter experts provide insight and guidance to the LymeX accelerator cohort. All subject matter experts act in their personal capacity and do not represent LymeX or the competition team. More subject matter experts will be added as they come onboard.
Subject matter experts
As the Phase 2 accelerator cohort continues to develop their diagnostics, teams have access to scientific advisors who provide valuable insight and feedback from their extensive experience in Lyme disease diagnostics. These scientific advisors are not official representatives of LymeX and are not in any way involved with submission evaluation or award decisions.
John Aucott, M.D.
John Aucott, M.D., is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Director of the Johns Hopkins Lyme Disease Clinical Research Center. He is principal investigator for the SLICE studies of Lyme disease immunology and clinical events, a clinical research program focused on the pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease associated persistent illness. He has published over 60 articles on Lyme disease in the peer reviewed literature. An active clinician and educator, he is also the program director for the Johns Hopkins Fellowship in Lyme and Tickborne Diseases.
Liz Horn, Ph.D., MBI
Liz Horn, Ph.D., MBI serves as PI of Lyme Disease Biobank, a resource created to provide much-needed blood, urine, and tissue samples to researchers studying Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections. More than 1200 participants (representing early Lyme, later stages of Lyme, persistent Lyme, and controls) have been enrolled. Each participant’s sample donation can support up to 50 different research projects. Currently, >80 projects in academia and industry have been approved for samples. Liz is passionate about building resources to move research forward that help people, improve lives, and reduce suffering.
Mark Soloski, Ph.D.
Mark J. Soloski, Ph.D., is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The overarching theme of his research is understanding immune processes triggered by bacterial infection and how this encounter may trigger long-term persistent symptoms. Currently, working with colleagues at the Lyme Disease Research Center at Johns Hopkins he has focused on developing a biorepository of human samples from subjects with Lyme Disease and on understanding how the immune system contributes to the symptoms and severity of Human Lyme disease.