Basepaws at a Glance

We are pioneers in feline genetics, an area that has been understudied and underfunded for years. Cat genes still have many mysteries to be solved, and that's where we come in.

With our ever-growing genomic database, we are constantly learning new information about cat breeds, traits, and health. We're doing all this with one larger than life goal: to improve the lives of cats around the world by understanding genetically what makes each cat unique.

Cat Lovers with a Passion for Science

Basepaws has gathered dedicated geneticists, veterinarians, and visionaries for the purpose of helping pets live the longest, happiest, and healthiest lives possible. Our entire team strives to help you get to know your cat even better because beneath all that cuteness beats the heart of a lion. Or maybe a tiger. Possibly a lynx. You get what we're saying.

Meet the Team that makes the Meowgic

Meet Koko (aka The Basepaws Polycat Queen of the Gene) the team cat & assistant to our CEO. Oh, who are we kidding' Koko runs this place!

We fell in love with Koko when we met her at a local shelter here in Los Angeles We tried to play it cool and walk away twice but love is stronger than an occasional hand nibble 2 stitches and broken wine glasses 4 but who is counting Koko loves to lay in the California sunshine watch cat TV and greet new employees at the lab with her cold stare That means she loves you

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Anna Skaya

Founder & CEO

Damian Kao, Ph.D.

COO & Head of Science

Kristin Wuhrman

VP, Business Development

Anya Kuzmenko

Chief Meowketing Officer

Yuliana Mihaylova, Ph.D.

Head of R&D

Chris Menges DVM, MPH

Chief Veterinary Officer

Beckie Mossor

RVT Feline Health Coach

Norma Drew

Scientist

Julie Yang Ph.D.

Senior Scientist

Nima Jazani, Ph.D.

Senior Scientist

Eugene Soltan

Head of Finance

Polina Skaya

Operations Manager

Advisors

Kevin O’Leary

Kevin O’Leary, AKA "Mr. Wonderful", is well known for his audacious role on ABC's reality TV show Shark Tank, however his history within the business sector has earned him the right to have such a brazen voice in the show. He is the author of several best selling books on financial literacy and also has his own wine label. Like money and wine, Kevin thinks cats make people smile and is a big advocate for the future of animal health.

Wendy Diamond

Wendy is an internationally renowned humanitarian, impact investor, best-selling author, TV personality and animal advocate. She has advocated for animal welfare on Oprah, Today’s Show, NYTimes, and Forbes. She has been the keynote speaker at the UN and Harvard and sits on the board of the Humane Society of New York. Wendy’s passion for animal health and wellbeing is infectious!

Dr. Ernie Ward

Ernie Ward is "America's Pet Advocate", author and internationally recognized veterinarian known for his innovations in small animal practice, nutrition and pet obesity. He established the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention in 2005. He is a popular lecturer, author and media personality featured on“Rachael Ray Show,"Animal Planet, " Today," "Good Morning America," and more.

Jason Meltzer

Jason is a lifelong animal lover and a dog owner. He is a proud co-founder of Wag!, the largest dog walking platform in the world. A pet-tech expert with over a decade of experience in the sector, Jason is a world-class entrepreneur with a passion for making a world purrfect for our pets.

Nathan Price Ph.D.

Dr. Nathan Price is a professor at the Institute for Systems Biology, and founder of many startups. He is an advisor for Roche, Providence St. Joseph Health, Mexico’s National Institute for Genomic Medicine, to name a few. He has published over 150 scientific papers and given 180+ talks. He is a total cat guy.

Aaron Hirschhorn

Aaron founded DogVacay, which, along with Rover, went on to become one of the most loved pet brands in the world. Aaron is an experienced founder and industry expert, and is instrumental in helping us grow and continue to care for all animals, big and small. When not coaching Basepaws he can be found with Rocky and Rambo, his two fluffy companions.

Warren Richard

Warren comes with an impressive pedigree of started companies, and currently sits on the board of the PETCO Foundation. He has a unique understanding of pet health, and the technology required to make changes for the betterment of pet lives everywhere. Warren is a huge advocate for better pet nutrition and new discoveries in veterinary medicine.

Chad Dodd DVM

Dr. Dodd’s mission is to advance veterinary medicine and accelerate health for all the dogs and cats that come his way. He integrates his veterinary degree with 20 years of experience in the pet healthcare industry. Throughout his career Dr. Dodd has contributed to numerous products that improve the quality of care for cats worldwide.