Continued focus on science funding and innovation

Our mission is to build decision support solutions for science funding organizations. The team below has created and implemented some of the most advanced solutions for large scientific funders around the world. We hope to leverage this experience to standardized an analytical platform of the very best decision support tools available. By using state of the art technology and cloud based solutions we are able to provide functionality, which was once only available to large funders, to the entire funding market. Instead of individual implementations, we are connecting different funders to allow them to coordinate and align their approaches. We believe this consortia approach will benefit all parties.

The ‘Four ĂśberResearch Founder’ story

ĂśberResearch Team

The ÜberResearch team has worked for nearly ten years together in various settings – always focusing successfully on how to build applications and tools supporting decision makers and organizations in the science context.

Dr. Christian Bode

Senior Research Consultant

Dr. Christian Bode – Senior Research Consultant

Before joining ĂśberResearch, Christian worked as a strategy consultant at Performance Media, a digital media agency in Germany. Previous he was at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants. Christian studied business psychology at Leuphana University and received a PhD in Business Research from Free University of Berlin where he published on research utilisation in the private sector. Originally from Berlin, Christian now resides in Hamburg, Germany.

Terry Bucknell

Product Sales Manager

Terry Bucknell – Product Sales Manager

Terry joined Digital Science in February 2014 as Product Sales Manager, covering institutional sales for Figshare and Altmetric in the UK, Ireland and Scandinavia. He was previously an academic librarian at the universities of Liverpool and Leeds and has a background in Physics. Terry is a member of the UKSG Main Committee and chairs their Research & Innovation Subcommittee. He has served on the library advisory boards for a number of publishers and was previously a member of the COUNTER Executive Committee and Jisc’s Electronic Information Resources Working Group (EIRWG).
When not in his home office, Terry might be found walking the hills, trying to jog himself fitter, listening to indie music of the 80s and 90s, or buried in a novel.

Andrei Calistru

Senior Engineer

Andrei Calistru – Senior Engineer

Andrei is an automatics and computer science engineer. He has been working in the branch for more than seven years with main focus on web applications for inhouse and/or large area use. He is a passionate developer, always eager to lean new technologies, frameworks because “It keeps the blood pumping ;)”. In his free time, he enjoys going fishing, is interested in discovering cities history, reading adventure and SiFi books. Born and living in IaČ™i, România.

Stephen Cawley

Head of Institutional Marketing

Stephen Cawley – Head of Institutional Marketing

Stephen has 17 years experience in information technology publishing, STM publishing and product marketing, most recently at Elsevier. Formerly a PPAI magazine editor of the year, he brings a curiosity to the table to learn more about how digital technologies can help researchers to become more efficient, more collaborative, more productive and ultimately contribute new knowledge. He is also an avid runner!

Mario Diwersy


Mario Diwersy – Founder

Mario is one of the founders and Managing Director of ĂśberResearch – responsible for technology and solution development and coordinating the team of engineers. He previously worked at Elsevier where he led as Vice President Technology a globally distributed development team (Chile, Germany, India, Netherlands, USA) for the SciVal product line. Mario joined Elsevier in 2010 when Elsevier acquired Collexis, a European and US based start-up focusing in solutions for academic customers (research networking tools) and funding bodies. Mario served as EVP and CTO for Collexis for several years. Mario lives with his family in Frankfurt, Germany.

Achim Domma

Senior Engineer

Achim Domma – Senior Engineer

Achim is the Solution Architect for ĂśberResearch, designing and implementing our cloud-based technology stack. He has been working with Mario Diwersy since the year 2000, with SyynX Solutions, Collexis, Elsevier, and now ĂśberResearch. Achim is interested in all kinds of technology, but especially in dynamic languages (preferable Python), code generation and almost any tool which makes him more efficient. Beside coding, Achim likes good food and chinese martial arts and lives close to Frankfurt, Germany.

Betsy Donohue

Vice President Publisher Business Development

Betsy Donohue – VP Publisher Business Development

Betsy joined Digital Science in October 2013 and has nearly 20 years experience in the publishing industry, serving in a variety of marketing, sales and business development positions. For nine of those years, Betsy was dedicated to developing and executing publisher-facing commercial strategies at Swets, North America. She also spent several years developing business with STM publishers, working for the knowledge services and “smart content” company, Scope eKnowledge.
Most recently Betsy worked at the Ingram Content Group, where she led the development and market launch of Ingram’s print on demand (POD) and online portal fulfilment solution for print journals.
Outside of the publishing world, Betsy likes to collect Mid-Century and Arts and Crafts pottery, tackle home improvement projects, and share a good bottle of wine with family and friends.

Martha Golubock

Product Solution Manager

Martha Golubock – Product Solution Manager

Rob Harriman

Senior Engineer

Rob Harriman – Senior Engineer

Rob is a data scientist and software engineer for UberResearch. He brings a strong biomedical background with more than five years of experience as an analyst for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). While at NIH, he developed a deep understanding of the NIH data systems and SQL. He enjoys programming in Python and the Flask microframework. Rob has a MS in Biotechnology from The Johns Hopkins University. He joined the UberResearch team in March of 2015, and resides in Bethesda, MD.

Anne Harvey

Commercial Director Asia Pacific

Anne Harvey – Commercial Director Asia Pacific

Anne Harvey is the Regional Sales Director for Digital Science Asia Pacific with an overall responsibility of supporting clients with their research management objectives.
Anne has been involved in a number of projects including Big Data Computing (which refers to the ability of an organisation to create, manipulate, manage and analyze large data sets and its ability to drive knowledge creation), Australia’s ERA 2012 and 2010 (research assessment exercise).
Anne has a passion for information and research and previous positions include Regional Sales Manager at Elsevier, Business Development Manager at Thomson Reuters.

Martin Heidecker

Senior Engineer

Martin Heidecker – Senior Engineer

Martin is a senior software developer focused on the interactions between users and applications. He has significant experience in User Experience, compatibility and accessibility of the UI, and front end technologies like HTML, CSS, JavaScript and Ajax. Martin has been working collaboratively with Mario Diwersy since the year 2001 with SyynX Solutions, Collexis, Elsevier, and now ĂśberResearch. Martin is based outside of Cologne, Germany.

Christian Herzog – Founder

Christian Herzog is one of the founders and managing director of ĂśberResearch. He is a medical doctor by training and has also studied economics, both at the Witten/Herdecke University in Germany. Before founding ĂśberResearch Christian worked since 2010 at Elsevier, heading up as a VP the SciVal Custom Solution group and since 2012 in the role of VP Product Management for the entire SciVal product portfolio.
Christian joined Elsevier in 2010 when Elsevier acquired Collexis, a European and US based start-up focusing in solutions for academic customers (research networking tools) and funding bodies. Christian served as EVP and Managing Director for Collexis for product management and sales for several years, heading up a global team. Christian lives with his family in Cologne, Germany.

Ashlea Higgs


Ashlea Higgs – Founder

Ashlea is one of the founders of ĂśberResearch, and has a track record of building and taking to market information solutions for governments, corporations, and academia. Before co-founding ĂśberResearch, Ashlea worked at Elsevier for four years and was most recently Head of Government Products for SciVal, building and implementing information solutions for funding and research management customers globally. Prior to joining SciVal and Elsevier in 2009, Ashlea was with INPUT (now Deltek) helping government agencies spend more wisely and helping government contractors pursue contracts and teaming relationships. Ashlea studied finance and management at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. Ashlea lives with his family outside of Washington, D.C.

Volker Höhing

Senior User Experience Designer

Volker Höhing – Senior User Experience Designer

Volker has been working as a User Experience Designer for almost 20 years and together with Christian and Mario almost a decade on various projects from one off application design for large government organisations to professional social networking sites with more than 400k users. He is driven by the urge to give users the best possible experience using software tools. Based on profund knowledge, experience and interest in new insights he continuously works on improving the experience for the ĂśberResearch customers. Volker is based near the Black Forest in Germany where he enjoys paragliding.

Junie Khang

Software Developer/Intern

Junie Khang – Software Developer/Intern

Junie is an undergraduate at Cornell University’s College of Engineering. She is currently pursuing a Computer Science major with a minor in Business. She is an active member of Cornell’s Society of Women Engineers and Women in Computing at Cornell. Junie went to boarding school in Connecticut before heading to Cornell and resides in Mclean, Virginia.

Elizabeth Kluk

Account Manager

Elizabeth Kluk – Account Manager

Elizabeth Kluk is the inside sales representative for two of Digital Science’s portfolio companies including Figshare and Dimensions. Having joined the Digital Science team in 2014, Elizabeth has a passion for supporting the sales team and educating customers on Digital Science’s solutions. Elizabeth is currently finishing her MBA. Prior to working at Digital Science, Elizabeth was involved in the staffing industry where her passion for client interaction developed. In her free time, Elizabeth is devoted to training her horse for show jumping and hopes to compete in a few of years.

Georg Lambert

Senior Engineer

Georg Lambert – Senior Engineer

Georg is senior software developer with focus on algorithms and database implementation. He has been working in some form with Mario Diwersy and team since 2001. In Collexis, Georg got his technical experience with C++, .Net/C# and Python, in Elsevier these skills were deepened and extended in his additional roles as team leader and software system designer. When Georg is not in front of his desk, there is a good chance to find him on any volley- or beach volleyball court around Frankfurt, Germany.

Søren Dalby Larsen

Senior Engineer

Søren Dalby Larsen – Senior Engineer

Søren has been working as a software developer for several decades. With a keen interest in software architecture and correctness, he’s constantly searching for better ways of solving the task at hand. His work experience includes the financial sector as well as experience from Current Research Information Systems from his position with Atira and later Elsevier. He lives in Hjørring, Denmark and when he’s not working, you may find him near a beehive.

Jonathan Lebowitz

Head of Customer Support

Jonathan Lebowitz – Head of Customer Support

Jonathan looks after ĂśberResearch customer care and operations in North America. Jonathan brings over 15 years of experience to ĂśberResearch; he previously led operations, customer support, and sales at several small businesses. Jonathan studied economics and business management at the University of Maryland, College Park. He lives with his family near Annapolis, Maryland.

Stephen Leicht – Founder

Steve is a Managing Director and co-founder of ĂśberResearch GmbH. He joins the company after a role as the CEO of 52apps Inc, a mobile software development company where he is a co-founder and investor.

Steve was previously the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Collexis Holdings Inc., which was acquired by Reed Elsevier in June 2010. While at Collexis, Mr. Leicht had a leadership role in more than $18M in private operational fundraising, two company acquisitions, the public offering of the company in the US market, the expansion of Collexis into Latin America and Asia, and the reorganization of Collexis European operations.

Prior to joining Collexis, Mr. Leicht served in roles of continually increasing responsibility with IBM Corporation in sales, business development, emerging technology, and general management. Prior to IBM, Mr. Leicht started, ran, and sold International Telecommunications Distributors, Inc and served as Chairman and CEO of the company.

Mr. Leicht has a Master’s in Business Administration from The Pennsylvania State University’s Smeal College of Business, where he served as the President of his class. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bucknell University. Mr. Leicht serves on boards and advisory committees for several companies and industry groups and is a regular speaker at industry events on the use of semantic and mobile technologies in discovery and social collaboration. He lives with his wife and two children in Lexington, South Carolina.

Dr. Tom Lickiss

Senior Research Consultant

Dr. Tom Lickiss – Senior Research Consultant

Before joining ĂśberResearch, Tom was a postdoc researcher in the fields of developmental neuroscience and stem cell biology. After finishing undergraduate and Masters degrees in Neuroscience at University College London and Oxford University, he obtained his PhD from Oxford examining the development of the cerebral cortex and the role of long noncoding RNA molecules in this process. He continued this work as a postdoc before moving to Germany in 2013 to work at the Institute of Reconstructive Neurobiology in Bonn, where he explored in vitro models of cerebral cortical development using human induced pluripotent stem cells. As part of his scientific research career, Tom has published and reviewed numerous journal articles in the field of developmental neuroscience and has written and submitted grant applications to several funding bodies which are ĂśberResearch development partners. Outside of the office Tom can often be found running long distances, trying to speak better German, and doing whatever he can to help people understand science and how the scientific process works. He joined ĂśberResearch in 2015, and lives in Cologne.

Vlad Lipsa

Senior Engineer

Vlad Lipsa – Senior Engineer

Vlad is a software programmer with a BSc degree in computer science. His passion for good-looking code and modern technologies keeps him focused on his work. He has built his experience using mostly c++ and python, on various products and tools. Vlad joined the ĂśberResearch team in 2015 and is currently working from the Iasi office.

Diego Magrini

Senior Engineer

Diego Magrini – Senior Engineer

Diego is a full-stack web developer, following his passion for information technologies since high school, he started to work with php and javascript in small projects. Then he had the opportunity to work in projects with python and django framework, leading him to work in several different environment, from big companies to small startups. Currently he resides in Ancona, Italy. Besides coding he likes oriental disciplines, reading books, play sports or going on a bike ride.

Sascha Markus

Senior Engineer

Sascha Markus – Senior Engineer

Sascha is a senior software developer working in the field of Java web application for more than 15 years. At ĂśberResearch his focus is on search engine technologies extending solr/lucene. Away from his desk he is probably roaming the streets of SaarbrĂĽcken taking photos or visiting galleries and concerts.

Lauren Martin

Conference Manager

Lauren Martin – Conference Manager

Lauren Martin joined Digital Science in 2014 as Associate Marketing and Outreach Manager. She has a marketing background in life sciences and education. In 2012, Lauren graduated with her MBA in Global Brand Management from Suffolk University in Boston.
In her free time Lauren enjoys exploring New England, posting photos of her cats, and cooking.

Radu Moisa

Senior Engineer

Radu Moisa – Senior Engineer

During last 10 years Radu held both engineering and managing roles, being involved in software support and systems engineering projects. Previously he worked at Continental AG, contributing to multimedia and navigation projects for many major car making companies, managing configuration management processes and tools, designing and developing various tools and automations. He built experience in implementing data exchange systems with a preference for languages like Perl and Python and Linux or Solaris platforms.

Later he joined Amazon in order to launch a systems engineering team that manages hosting of several business critical systems, protecting and ensuring reliability of company’s retail websites. From this role he developed his know-how in building and scaling large fleets with emphasis on ensuring availability and performance tuning systems. He joined UberResearch on March 2015 as a senior DevOps engineer and is located in Iasi, Romania.

Daryl Naylor

Product Sales Manager

Daryl Naylor – Product Sales Manager

Daryl joined Digital Science in April 2014 to spread the message about the innovative research software solutions available from its portfolio companies Symplectic, Altmetric and UberResearch. Daryl works in a sales capacity, having held similar roles at IOP Publishing, ProQuest and Wolters Kluwer over the past 15 years.
A keen linguist, Daryl enjoys travelling and picking up new recipe ideas with which to wow his wife and four children at home in Bristol.

Marius Oster

Senior Engineer

Marius Oster – Senior Engineer

Marius has been working in the field of Text Mining and Natural Language Processing for most of the last decade, with machine learning methodologies being his primary field of interest. After he joined Collexis in 2008, Marius went on a two-year assignment working as a technical lead/consultant in an onsite project in Washington DC for the NIH’s Heart, Lung & Blood Institute. Marius joined the ĂśberResearch team in 2013 as a Lead Developer and is located in Hamburg, Germany.

Jason Alan Palmer

Senior Engineer

Jason Alan Palmer – Senior Engineer

Jason is an electrical engineer by training, but he has preferred working in the software industry since 2007. He enjoys breaking software as much as building it. Outside of work, you might find him contributing to open-source projects, toiling in the garden, or teaching his dog new tricks. Jason resides in Maryland with his wife.

Carlo Panzi

Senior Engineer

Carlo Panzi – Senior Engineer

Carlo is a senior developer based in Bologna, Italy. He is well versed in all the main frontend technologies, with a particular liking for Javascript. Carlo started working on web applications when Flash was alive and he had fun since then. Previously he worked as tech leader for and several communication agencies in Milan. Beside writing code he seriously likes eating good food, cooking, scuba diving and some other occasional sport to kill the guilt.

Juan-José de Orús Piñeiro – Senior Software Developer

Juan is an experienced senior software developer with extensive experience in Python, C++, Java and JavaScript and a wide range of application domains (embedded software, distributed systems, web applications). He has worked for very different companies, from very large corporations like Philips to small internet start-ups. He is passionate about clean and efficient code, good design and architecture, cooking and music (both listening and playing the violin). Juan was born in Barcelona, Spain and has been living in different European countries. Since 2008 he lives in Berlin.

Andrei Pruteanu

Senior Engineer

Andrei Pruteanu – Senior Software Developer

Andrei is a passioned software engineer and computer scientist. He spent the last 10 years working within the embedded systems industry in Romania, Holland and Germany. He followed a PhD in Computer Science at Delft University of Technology and was an entrepreneur for a short while. He likes complex data analysis and tinkering with various computer-related toys using Python. Outside of the office, Andrei spends time in libraries and visiting friends across the world.

Giles Radford

Head of Professional Services

Giles Radford – Head of Professional Services

Giles Radford spent more than twenty years working for the Wellcome Trust, one of the largest independent biomedical research charities in the world. He was responsible for the development of their grants management system, and it was whilst he was working there, trying to improve the Wellcome Trust’s information systems, that he realised that intelligent software and comprehensive data were critical to any funder’s mission. In October 2010 he joined Elsevier, as it had acquired Collexis, a technology he had introduced at Wellcome. As a consultant he worked closely with many Funding Agencies helping them gain insights into their activities in order for them to be able to better set their strategy. His understanding of Funding Agencies, coupled with his understanding of the systems and software on offer, enable him to help our clients acheive their goals. Giles lives in the UK.

Rafal Rak

Senior Data Scientist

Rafal Rak – Senior Data Scientist

Rafal has been working in the fields of natural language processing, text mining and knowledge representation for the past decade. After obtaining his Ph.D. in Canada he worked as a Research Fellow at the National Centre for Text Mining (NaCTeM) at the University of Manchester, UK. He co-developed several applications for fine-grained biological, chemical, medical and clinical information extraction and retrieval including a number of community-recognised biochemical named entity recognisers, a recommendation system for inclusion and exclusion criteria in designing clinical trials, and a search system for assisting the curation of biological pathway models. Most recently he was involved in developing text mining solutions for the Europe PubMed Central portal as part of a Wellcome Trust-funded collaboration between NaCTeM and European Bioinformatics Institute. Rafal was also the initiator and the developer of a web-based platform for constructing and executing custom text mining workflows and semi-automatic curation of textual resources. He has been an active member of the community publishing his work in international journals, co-organising conferences and workshops and serving in peer review panels. Rafal joined ĂśberResearch in 2014 and resides in the UK.

Kelsey Rosell

Director of Sales, NA East

Kelsey Rosell – Director of Sales, NA East

Kelsey is based in Safety Harbor, Florida where she manages account relationships and strategic initiatives for the eastern region of Symplectic’s North American business. She has spent the last few years working with Academic, Medical and Research institutions around the world. Her focus on sharing this worldly insight has given her the opportunity to connect people, ideas and processes. Kelsey will be passionate about finding solutions that solve your business needs. She prides herself in operating from a high level of integrity and professionalism which has led to her being valued as a true business partner by clients, colleagues and employers alike. When not working she enjoys spending time with her family, which include her husband, three boys, two dogs and a cat.

Jeremy Roush

Customer Support

Jeremy Roush – Customer Support

As part of the Customer Support team, Jeremy serves ĂśberResearch clients in North America with support, training, and analysis. Jeremy brings years of experience in research and facilitation from his work as a school psychologist. Jeremy holds both a Master of Science and Master of Education from the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. He lives with his family in Asheville, North Carolina.

Aaron Sorensen

Bibliometrics Engagement Leader

Aaron Sorensen – Bibliometrics Engagement Leader

Aaron came to ÜberResearch from Temple University School of Medicine where his research centered on the analysis of large datasets to gain an understanding of the roles collaboration and competition play within the context of scientific discovery. Prior to Temple, Aaron held similar positions at Johns Hopkins University, GE Healthcare, Collexis, and Elsevier. Aaron currently serves as the inaugural Scientometrics Editor for the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and lives with his family in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the US.

Adrian Stanley

Vice President of Publisher Business Development

Adrian Stanley – Vice President of Publisher Business Development

Adrian joined Digital Science in May 2014, coming over from portfolio company ReadCube, where he held the equivalent position. Previously, Adrian was CEO of the Charlesworth Group USA and brings over 20 years of experience in the global scholarly publishing industry, having lived and worked on 3 continents (Europe, Asia and North America). He holds a number of industry board and committee posts including at the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP), and the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) and is an active member of scholarly publishing community.
Outside of the publishing world Adrian likes playing cricket in the USA, watching American football (and soccer), supporting animal rescue foundations, and global travel, keeping in touch with friends and family from around the world.

Vlad Toma

Senior Data Scientist

Vlad Toma – Senior Developer

With more than a decade of experience developing web applications at all levels, Vlad is a passionate software developer devoted to life-long learning. Having worked with a range of technologies and languages, he feels the exploration of ways to integrate Big Data and the cloud environment will truly bring a new dimension to the way we experience the information stream. Next to coding, Vlad is also a foodie and enjoys traveling and exploring new places, including his current location, the picturesque city of Iasi, Romania.

Marie Turek

Sales Resources and Support Manager

Marie Turek – Sales Resources and Support Manager

Marie joined the Macmillan family in April of 2014 as Sales Resources and Support Manager. She is accountable for ensuring that the global Digital Science sales force, portfolio sales teams and any external parties are adequately supported in terms of sales resources, customer relationship management systems (Salesforce) and training.
Previously, she was a Product Manager for eBooks and Mendeley. Also, she has a long history as a Librarian in Corporate, University and Public libraries.
Marie has lived in Costa Rica, The Netherlands and the USA. In her free time, she enjoys playing 3DS, working out, traveling, architecture and cooking shows.

Anjana Vakil

Senior Engineer

Anjana Vakil – Senior Engineer

Anjana suffers from a debilitating case of curiosity, which led her from philosophy to English teaching to computational linguistics to software engineering. Her interests in programming language design and implementation eventually brought her to ĂśberResearch, where she is currently developing a domain-specific query language for Dimensions. Based in Berlin, she spends her free time volunteering with local diversity-in-tech organizations, speaking about Python and functional programming at tech conferences, and swing dancing.

Duane Williams, PhD

Vice President

Duane Williams, PhD – Vice President

Prior to joining UberResearch, Duane served as a Senior Scientific Analyst and Project Manager for the IP & Science business at Thomson Reuters. There he designed and led custom analyses and software development to facilitate data-driven objective assessments of research programs.
Duane received a PhD in Theoretical Chemistry from the Quantum Theory Project at the University of Florida where he published on refinement of protein structures through quantum mechanical calculations. His current work focuses on informing and improving strategic research investment decisions by developing new methods to quantify and characterize research impact, as well as examining the relationship between research outcomes and the actions taken in the design and implementation of the funding programs.

Maren Wöltje


Maren Wöltje – Consultant

Maren is a musicologist by training and has been working in the ĂśberResearch team since 2008 while being part of Collexis and Elsevier. She has been managing in the last years the delivery operations for customized and service heavy client projects in the area of research profiling and networking. With ĂśberResearch Maren is focusing on product management, client support and and coordinating the implementation across functions and external partners. Maren lives with her family in Cologne, Germany.