Hemai Parthasarathy

Hemai Parthasarathy

Scientific Director, Breakout Labs

Hemai Parthasarathy is the Scientific Director of the Thiel Foundation and its program to support early-stage, radical science-based companies, Breakout Labs ( 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.

Scroll to Top