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William Gunn

Head of Academic Outreach at Mendeley

Menlo Park, California
  1. San Diego Biotechnology Network,
  2. Mendeley,
  3. BioData ltd.
  1. Tulane University School of Medicine
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Tulane University School of Medicine

Tulane University School of Medicine

biomedical science

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Dr. William Gunn is the Head of Academic Outreach for Mendeley, a research management tool for collaboration and discovery. Dr. Gunn attended Tulane University as a Louisiana Board of Regents Fellow, receiving his Ph.D in Biomedical Science from the Center for Gene Therapy at Tulane University in 2008. His research involved dissecting the molecular mechanism of bone metastasis in multiple myeloma. Frustrated with the inefficiencies of the modern research process, he left academia and established the biology program at Genalyte, a novel diagnostics startup. At Mendeley, he works to make research more impactful and reproducible and is an expert on altmetrics, reproducibility, and open access.

His work at Genalyte, a molecular diagnostics startup, involved developing protein, DNA, and small molecule assays on their novel high-throughput assay platform. He received his PhD from Tulane University, where he studied under Dr. Darwin Prockop at the Tulane Center for Gene Therapy. His dissertation is entitled "Investigating the Role of Human Multipotent Mesenchymal Stromal Cells in the Repair of Bone", in which he developed a model of multiple myeloma in mice and used it to test small molecule inhibitors of the interaction between multiple myeloma and bone precursor cells, promoting bone regeneration and repair of osteolytic lesions. His areas of expertise are bone biology, multiple myeloma, adult stem cells, and disease models.

As Head of Academic Outreach for Mendeley, Dr. Gunn blends deep technical knowledge and industry insight with clear and effective communication skills. He is recognized for his work in the fields of altmetrics and research reproducibility. Dr, Gunn co-directs the Reproducibility Initiative with Elizabeth Iorns and co-organizes Science Online Bay Area with colleagues from other tech companies in the area to bring together people who influence how science is carried out and communicated online.


Head of Academic Outreach

– Present (4 years 6 months)

Designed and managed the Mendeley Advisor program which grew to over a thousand advisors wordwide
Presented at conferences such as Strata, TOCCON, Science Online, Medicine 2.0, Code4Lib
Wrote the Mendeley blog
Developed researcher outreach analytics program
Conducted Mendeley Webinars reaching thousands of attendees
Organized & attended regional events such as Science Hack Day and Open Science Summit

Scientific Consultant

San Diego Biotechnology Network
(2 years 2 months)

Organized and attended events for the San Diego Biotech community
Covered biotech conferences for the network

Community Liaison

(1 year 5 months)

This position involves working with the Mendeley team to identify community needs in academic collaboration software and to promote online engagement with their networking service.

Community Liaison

BioData ltd.
(7 months)

Senior Assay Development Scientist

(2 years 3 months)

This position involves working on a cross-functional team to develop protein, nucleic acid, and small molecule assays for a novel, label-free microfluidics assay platform. I am the lead scientist responsible for development of surface chemistry and assay design.

Surface Chemistry
* Developed protocol for coupling biomolecules to sensor surface
* Performed detailed characterization of dynamic range, sensitivity, and drift
* Interface with engineering team to determine design of assay cartridge
* Optimized surface chemistry to achieve highly-sensitive, zero-drift, low background assay format

Team Leadership
* Led team to deliver company development objectives within strict deadlines
* Met with engineering project leads to obtain in-depth familiarity with mechanical, optical, fluidic and software-related aspects of Gen2 and alpha instruments
* Managed inventory of reagents and supplies
* Interviewed candidates for laboratory positions

Graduate Student

Tulane University
(7 years 5 months)

My Dissertation is entitled "The Role of Human Multipotent Mesenchymal Stromal Cells in the Repair of Bone.”
This work led to the development of a candidate drug for treatment of osteolytic lesions in multiple myeloma.

Adult Stem Cells
* Isolated and cultured multipotent mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) from human and rodent sources.
* Designed experiments to identify differentiation and multipotency factors acting on hMSCs.
* Developed novel high-throughput assays for detection and quantitation of osteogenic differentiation.

Multiple Myeloma Animal Model
* Developed animal model for multiple myeloma which reproduced clinically relevant bone involvement.
* Isolated, cultured, and assayed myeloma cell lines, mMSCs, and bone marrow from experimental animals
* Performed necropsy, tissue collection and processing, histological and immunostaining, and ELISA.


The DNA Network
(1 year 1 month)

The DNA Network is a Feedburner network composed of life science enthusiasts with specialized views in areas such as genetics, biology, biotechnology, health care, and much more.


The University of Southern Mississippi
(5 years)

B.S. Biological Sciences
undergraduate research fellow


  • Cell Based Assays
  • Antibodies
  • Molecular Biology
  • Animal Models
  • Bone
  • Research
  • Open Access
  • Scholarly Communications
  • Mendeley
  • Data Mining
  • Public Speaking
  • Copy Editing
  • Copywriting
  • Blogger Outreach
  • Community Outreach
  • Academic Libraries
  • Ninja
  • Life Sciences
  • Biotechnology
  • Protein Chemistry
  • Cell
  • Cancer
  • Stem Cells
  • DNA
  • Science
  • Data Analysis
  • Cell Culture
  • Writing
  • Biochemistry
  • Analysis
  • Editing
  • Blogging
  • Western Blotting
  • PCR
  • Cell Biology
  • Lifesciences
  • Bioinformatics
  • Laboratory
  • Cancer Research
  • Genomics
  • Statistics
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Tulane University School of Medicine

PhD, biomedical science

My work at Tulane involves self-guided experimental research on the relationship between Human Adult Stem Cells and cancer.

Honors & Awards

Louisiana Board of Regents Fellow

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