The Unicity Science Team and the Unicity Scientific Advisory Board (USAB) help guide Unicity’s product development and innovation. With the brightest minds working together, Unicity is able to forward its mission to Make Life Better.

The Unicity Science Team

The Unicity Science Team is comprised of top scientists who strive to create unique Unicity formulas, products, and programs—they ensure that Unicity products incorporate the latest scientific developments and are only of the highest quality.

Erin Glynn, Ph.D.

Vice President, Research and Development

Dr. Erin Glynn has recently been appointed as Unicity’s Vice President of Research and Development. Dr. Glynn earned her bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology from Texas A&M University, and she received her doctorate in biomedical science from the University of Texas Medical Branch. Dr. Glynn then pursued a postdoctoral fellowship at Duke University, where she focused on the metabolic profiling of conditions like obesity and diabetes.

Afa Kehaati Palu, Ph.D.

Principal R&D Scientist

Dr. Palu brings a wealth of scientific knowledge to Unicity. He is recognized as one of the top scientific researchers in noni research worldwide and is the author of over 20 peer-reviewed scientific articles and scientific patents on noni health. He brings his skills to Unicity to help ensure our products continue to lead the industry in metabolic health. Dr. Palu comes from a long line of Tongan traditional healers, who have used Tongan medicinal plants (including noni) since the 17th century. He holds a PhD in Educational Leadership with a minor in Molecular Biology from Brigham Young University–Provo, as well as a Master’s in Botany with emphasis in Plant Molecular Genetics.

Dannie Li, Ph.D.

Botanical Scientist

Dr. Li is an experienced product development scientist. She has used her exceptional chemical engineering problem-solving skills to lead the development of many verified safe and evidence-based natural health ingredients. She has developed the extraction/purification process and methods for over 50 GRAS Status medicinal foods and botanicals. Before coming to Unicity, Dr. Li received her PhD in physical chemistry from the Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences (ICCAS) in Beijing, China. She completed her postdoctoral work under Virginia Commonwealth University’s Dr. Mark McHugh, a global SuperCritical CO2 extraction technology innovator.

Lucas Grant, Ph.D.

Principal Scientist

Dr. Lucas Grant received his doctorate in microbiology, food and nutrition sciences from the University of Queensland, Australia. His doctoral research and scientific publications focus on the gut microbiome, functional foods, and the relationship between phytonutrients and human health. In addition to his research, Dr. Grant has worked for the Life-Space Group as a primary microbiome and probiotic researcher focusing on innovative probiotic and prebiotic supplement development.

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Sow Li Cheng, Ph.D.

Senior R&D Specialist

Dr. Sow Li Cheng received her bachelor’s degree and doctorate in food science and technology from the National University of Singapore. Her doctorate research and scientific publications focus on the interaction, structure, and physicochemical properties of hydrocolloids systems.  She has worked many years in the food industry, researching and producing foods that come in various formats and health functions, including beverages, baked goods, and confectionery.

Stephanie Kung, Ph.D.

R&D Scientific Affairs Specialist

Dr. Kung joined Unicity to oversee clinical trials research. Her focus is to contribute to the development of science-based nutrition products that can help improve overall well-being and health. She earned her BS in chemical biology (with a minor in nutrition) from the University of California, Berkeley. She received her doctorate in nutrition and food science from Utah State University with a research emphasis on polyphenols and intestinal health. Her interest in nutrient metabolism and bioactive compounds makes her a perfect fit for Unicity.

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Yau Yin Hoe, Ph.D.

Unicity Research and Development Principal Investigator

Dr. Yau Yin Hoe received his bachelor’s degrees in biochemistry and microbiology and his doctorate from the National University of Singapore. He has advised and collaborated with various international companies, such as Cytiva, Bio-Rad Diagnostics, Agilent, and Perkin-Elmer. Dr. Yau’s research interests include biomolecular interaction analysis, biosensors, drug discovery, and rapid test kit and monitoring device development. He recently joined Performance Labs Pte Ltd as the research and development principal investigator.

Erin Glynn, Ph.D.

Vice President, Research and Development

Dr. Erin Glynn has recently been appointed as Unicity’s Vice President of Research and Development. Dr. Glynn earned her bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology from Texas A&M University, and she received her doctorate in biomedical science from the University of Texas Medical Branch. Dr. Glynn then pursued a postdoctoral fellowship at Duke University, where she focused on the metabolic profiling of conditions like obesity and diabetes.

Afa Kehaati Palu, Ph.D.

Principal R&D Scientist

Dr. Palu brings a wealth of scientific knowledge to Unicity. He is recognized as one of the top scientific researchers in noni research worldwide and is the author of over 20 peer-reviewed scientific articles and scientific patents on noni health. He brings his skills to Unicity to help ensure our products continue to lead the industry in metabolic health. Dr. Palu comes from a long line of Tongan traditional healers, who have used Tongan medicinal plants (including noni) since the 17th century. He holds a PhD in Educational Leadership with a minor in Molecular Biology from Brigham Young University–Provo, as well as a Master’s in Botany with emphasis in Plant Molecular Genetics.

Dannie Li, Ph.D.

Botanical Scientist

Dr. Li is an experienced product development scientist. She has used her exceptional chemical engineering problem-solving skills to lead the development of many verified safe and evidence-based natural health ingredients. She has developed the extraction/purification process and methods for over 50 GRAS Status medicinal foods and botanicals. Before coming to Unicity, Dr. Li received her PhD in physical chemistry from the Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences (ICCAS) in Beijing, China. She completed her postdoctoral work under Virginia Commonwealth University’s Dr. Mark McHugh, a global SuperCritical CO2 extraction technology innovator.

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Lucas Grant, Ph.D.

Principal Scientist

Dr. Lucas Grant received his doctorate in microbiology, food and nutrition sciences from the University of Queensland, Australia. His doctoral research and scientific publications focus on the gut microbiome, functional foods, and the relationship between phytonutrients and human health. In addition to his research, Dr. Grant has worked for the Life-Space Group as a primary microbiome and probiotic researcher focusing on innovative probiotic and prebiotic supplement development.

Sow Li Cheng, Ph.D.

Senior R&D Specialist

Dr. Sow Li Cheng received her bachelor’s degree and doctorate in food science and technology from the National University of Singapore. Her doctorate research and scientific publications focus on the interaction, structure, and physicochemical properties of hydrocolloids systems.  She has worked many years in the food industry, researching and producing foods that come in various formats and health functions, including beverages, baked goods, and confectionery.

Stephanie Kung, Ph.D.

R&D Scientific Affairs Specialist

Dr. Kung joined Unicity to oversee clinical trials research. Her focus is to contribute to the development of science-based nutrition products that can help improve overall well-being and health. She earned her BS in chemical biology (with a minor in nutrition) from the University of California, Berkeley. She received her doctorate in nutrition and food science from Utah State University with a research emphasis on polyphenols and intestinal health. Her interest in nutrient metabolism and bioactive compounds makes her a perfect fit for Unicity.

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Yau Yin Hoe, Ph.D.

Unicity Research and Development Principal Investigator

Dr. Yau Yin Hoe received his bachelor’s degrees in biochemistry and microbiology and his doctorate from the National University of Singapore. He has advised and collaborated with various international companies, such as Cytiva, Bio-Rad Diagnostics, Agilent, and Perkin-Elmer. Dr. Yau’s research interests include biomolecular interaction analysis, biosensors, drug discovery, and rapid test kit and monitoring device development. He recently joined Performance Labs Pte Ltd as the research and development principal investigator.

Unicity Scientific Advisory Board

Unicity collaborates with a team of well-respected and world-renowned scientists, medical professionals, and experts known as the Unicity Scientific Advisory Board (USAB). The USAB advises and educates on Unicity products and the latest scientific developments related to nutrition.

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Kalpana Bhaskaran, Ph.D.

Head, Centre for Applied Nutrition Services & Glycemic Index Research Unit | Domain Lead, Applied Nutrition & Glycemic Index Research | Manager/Nutrition Research; Head/Glycemic Index Research Unit, Temasek Polytechnic

Dr. Kalpana Bhaskaran is a world-renowned dietitian nutritionist with more than 20 years of experience in nutrition. She is an expert advisor to the Ministry of Health (MOH), Singapore, with the goal of reducing sugar consumption from beverages. She also serves as the head of the Centre of Applied Nutrition Services and the Glycemic Index Research Unit (GIRU) at Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore, the vice president of the Singapore Nutrition and Dietetics Association (SNDA), the vice president of Diabetes Singapore (DS), an executive committee member of the Asian Nutrition Society for Sports and Health (ANSSH), and the Singapore representative for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Stuart M. Phillips, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Kinesiology, McMaster University | Canada Research Chair

Dr. Stuart M. Phillips is currently a full-time professor in the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster University. He is a tier 1 Canada research chair in skeletal muscle health in aging. He is also the director of the Physical Activity Centre of Excellence. Dr. Phillips is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, the American College of Nutrition, and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

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Stuart M. Phillips, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Kinesiology, McMaster University | Canada Research Chair

Dr. Stuart M. Phillips is currently a full-time professor in the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster University. He is a tier 1 Canada research chair in skeletal muscle health in aging. He is also the director of the Physical Activity Centre of Excellence. Dr. Phillips is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, the American College of Nutrition, and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

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Ted Naiman, M.D.

Board-Certified Family Medicine Physician

Dr. Ted Naiman is a board-certified family medicine physician in the primary care department at a leading Seattle medical center. His research and medical practice focus on the practical implementation of diet and exercise for health optimization.