Meet goop’s Scientists

The Science and Research Content Team

GERDA ENDEMANN, PHD

Senior Director, Science & Research

Endemann holds a BS in nutrition from the University of California at Berkeley and a PhD in nutritional biochemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her professional experience is wide-ranging; she’s conducted scientific research, focused on nutrition education, and worked in the dietary supplement industry. Endemann has conducted basic research on heart disease, fat metabolism, and nutrition in academic laboratories and in biotech, and she has served as an adjunct faculty member at Stanford University.


LEAH BEDROSIAN, MPH

Research Scientist

Bedrosian received her BA in psychology and her MPH in environmental epidemiology from the University of Michigan. Her research background focused on maternal and child exposure to environmental toxins such as BPA, phthalates, and heavy metals.


The Product Development Team

JENNIFER KOVACS-NOLAN, PHD

Director, Science & Research

Kovacs-Nolan holds a BS in biochemistry; her PhD is in food science from the University of Guelph, Canada. She has coauthored forty-five scientific papers, review articles, and book chapters, which include an examination of the role of novel dietary proteins and peptides in modulating inflammation and immunity. Today, Kovacs-Nolan applies this lens to product development within the dietary supplement industry and enjoys seeing her research manifested in quality products.


THIRA BURNS, MS, RDN

Director, Product Development

Burns earned her BS from the University of California, Davis, and her MS from San Jose State University. She is a registered dietitian with an academic foundation in nutritional science. She has more than eight years of experience in product development and has managed the development of nearly one hundred evidence-based natural products.


SARA RODICH, MS

Product Development Associate

Rodich holds a BS in food science from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, and an MS in food science from Chapman University. She has worked for several Fortune 500 companies and on new product development and regulatory compliance for both food and dietary supplements.


WESLIE KHOO, PHD

Research Scientist

Khoo holds a BS in chemistry and biochemistry from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and a PhD in food science from Pennsylvania State University. Khoo’s published research has focused on the safety and efficacy of food ingredients and dietary supplements, as well as on the development of sustainable, nutritious food products.


DAVID LE, MS

Research Scientist

Le earned his BS in clinical nutrition from the University of California, Davis, and his MS in sports nutrition from the University of Colorado. His research experience focused on exploring the effects of nitrate supplementation on human physiology as well as conducting investigations of vitamin D status in elite athletes.


MICHAEL TORTI, MS

Research Scientist

Torti earned a BS in food science and technology from Virginia Tech and an MS in food science and human nutrition from the University of Florida. In addition to carrying out research on foods and beverages, Torti has several years of experience in product development for the health and wellness industry.