Our mission is to improve the pace of scientific discovery.
ReadCube was started by a researcher and a computer scientist to address the challenges faced by scientists. What started in a Harvard College dorm room as a tool to help organize and find scientific papers quickly turned into something rather more.
ReadCube’s team of scientists and researchers now spans two continents and is backed by Digital Science, a division of Macmillan Publishers Ltd and a sister company of Nature Publishing Group. As ReadCube continues to grow and innovate useful new features, we hope it will help scientists all over the world stay on top of — and spur — scientific progress in their fields.
Siniša Hrvatin (co-founder & co-ceo)
Siniša started ReadCube to address the challenges he faced doing research in the laboratory. He is a PhD student in Biological Sciences at Harvard University and graduated from Harvard College with a degree in Biochemical Science. When he’s not working on ReadCube or feeding cells, he enjoys hiking and volleyball.
Robert McGrath (co-founder & co-ceo)
Robert loves solving problems with technology. While roommates with Siniša pursuing a degree in Computer Science at Harvard College, he was struck by the need for better research management and discovery software. Today, he coordinates Labtiva's technical product development and is responsible for its user interface design. When he’s waiting for code to compile, he enjoys cooking, playing jazz piano, and outdoor activities.
Phill Jones (VP of business development)
Phill's goal is to find ways to partner with libraries, publishers and intermediaries to leverage the technology of ReadCube to enhance the discovery and reading experience for researchers. He came to Labtiva from the video journal JoVE, where he held the position of Editorial Director. Prior to that, he had a diverse academic career spanning bio-physics, microscopy, and atomic physics.. In addition to his work at Labtiva, Phill currently holds a faculty appointment at Harvard Medical School and also works as a microscopy consultant. When not doing any of that, he trains in Tae Kwon Do, a martial art in which he holds a second degree black belt and enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons.
Lucas Schlager (community manager)
Lucas spent much of his time in high school and college working in labs, investigating everything from tumor angiogenesis to chromosome fragility. After writing his senior thesis and graduating from Tufts University, he decided that the best way to finally organize his mess of a PDF library was to join the company that built the best tool for the job. When he’s not working with the ReadCube team, he enjoys squandering precious time on the internet and tinkering with his homemade sous vide machine.
L Samantha Zhang (community builder)
Samantha tried out many reference managing software while finishing her Ph.D. When ReadCube came out, she fell in love with it and wanted to tell everyone how great it is. After all, it helped her write her PhD thesis on circadian rhythms (based on real time melatonin secretion data), and made her life as a postdoc researching non-image forming retina cells easier. In addition to promoting readcube to the scientific community, Sam now spends her time as an scientific publication editor, a science blogger, and a consultant for startup companies; she is also planning to write a few books. In her spare time she enjoys reading sci-fi and exploring nature with her husband and her dog.
Orest Kulik (cloudy engineer)
Orest juggles various cloud-oriented technologies in building ReadCube’s highly scalable back-end. He enjoys learning stuff, likes software tinkering, and generally loves his job.
Denis Sablić (code guy)
Denis brings more than a decade of experience in building commercial software to help ReadCube live up to its vision. Denis previously worked at Bit9 and holds a master’s degree in communications and computer science from FER, University of Zagreb. He takes great interest in history, photography and AI topics, and also enjoys swimming and hiking.
Maja Minarik (QA)
Maja is responsible for uncovering any bugs that might be hiding in the ReadCube application. Now a seasoned veteran of the QA game, Maja honed her skills on her way to earning a Masters degree in Electronic Engineering.
Radan Skorić (software engineer)
Radan's love for all things science and technology has led him to attain a degree in Mathematics and pursue a career creating software. He enjoys trying out new technologies and learning new methodologies. In his spare time he likes to unwind by running long distances and going trekking.
Nate had planned on going into academia until he experienced just how difficult it would be to keep on top of the literature in his field. He earned a bachelor’s in Philosophy from Harvard College and a master’s from the London School of Economics. When he's not operating, he enjoys reading short stories and playing tennis.
Marko is a theoretical physicist with interests ranging from molecular physics and astrophysics to software development and new technologies. For Labtiva, he is in charge of developing novel ways to use machine learning to enhance the ReadCube application. In his spare time he reads sci-fi and fantasy, hikes, and continues to do research at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
Sean is fascinated by the intersection of technology and science. He is a sophomore at Harvard University pursuing a degree in Physics and Computer Science. When he's not showing ReadCube to Harvard researchers or working on problem sets, Sean enjoys running along the Charles and singing a capella.