Hemai Parthasarathy is the Scientific Director of the Thiel Foundation and its program to support early-stage, radical science-based companies, Breakout Labs (www.breakoutlabs.org). She is responsible for establishing the scientific priorities of the program, evaluating submitted proposals, and monitoring the progress of portfolio companies against their milestones.

Hemai brings a deep commitment to scientific innovation and communication to Breakout Labs. She served as the North American Editor for Nature and was a founding editor of PLOS, the open-access publisher of PLOS ONE. Before joining the Thiel Foundation, she advised research institutes, non-profits, and biotechnology companies on the development and communication of their scientific portfolios. She holds a Ph.D. in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.