About Amelia Technologies

Amelia Technologies LLC is a rapidly expanding molecular biotechnology company with laboratories and offices located in the Maryland, DC, Virginia biotechnology corridor.


Peter Sykora

Dr. Peter Sykora brings a long history in biology and technology development. Dr. Sykora received his PhD from Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia in molecular biology. His research is focused on the development and optimization of new molecular biology technology. He is also developing new ways to approach genome engineering and creating reporter cell lines for use in industry and academia

Lucia Dussan

Lucia has more than 10 years of experience in administering biotechnology laboratories. She obtained her BS on Industrial Microbiology from Javeriana University in Bogota, Colombia and her MS on Biotechnology from Georgetown University. 
Mark Chirikjian

Mark Chirikjian

With over 30 years of experience leading in the business space of the greater DC area, Mark Chriijkian brings his expertise as the CEO of Amelia Technologies. A Georgetown university graduate, he co-founded Edvotek in 1990, the world’s largest biotechnology education company specializing in transferring cutting edge science into the classroom. 

Gigi Minsky

Research Intern

Gigi Minsky is currently pursuing her B.S. in biology with an emphasis in bioengineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a certificate in Technology Management. She has multiple years of experience in both university research labs worldwide, and the biotechnology startup sector. Her past projects and interests include endeavors in synthetic biology, computational biology and bio-mimicry/biophysics. She also has multiple experiences in scientific communications in biotech companies/organizations. Ultimately she hopes to gain experience in startups, eventually pursuing a PhD program.

Brian Ell

Brian Ell

Industrial Consultant
As the Director of Research at Edvotek, Inc, Dr. Brian Ell, PhD. brings extensive experience in educational product development and commercialization in the biotechnology industry to the table. Since 2014, he is responsible for the creation and dissemination of biotechnology education products for secondary and post-secondary students worldwide. Brian completed both his doctorate and post-doc at Princeton University, conducting intensive research on the molecular regulation of metastatic breast cancer cells. Brian provides imperative consultation on various research projects at Amelia technologies, using this powerful combination of academic and industrial background 
Jia Fu

Jia Fu

Jia has more than 9 years of experience as a protein manufacturing specialist, with specialization in industrial scale protein purification, high throughput lyophilization technologies and protein technology development. She obtained her BS in Biotechnology from Northeast Agriculture University in Harbin, China and her MS in Biotechnology from Georgetown University.