PhotoCalorie is an application inspired by the ideas of Dr. Mark Boguski of Harvard Medical School, who realized that the current methods available to track your daily nutrient intake are monotonous and simply too complicated. As a result, people would lose interest in tracking their diet or stop the diet all together. Our mission is to create the easiest food journal on the planet to help dieters lose weight and monitor their diet with ease.
Mark Boguski, M.D., Ph.D. is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School at the Francis Countway Library of Medicine and also in the Department of Pathology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. He has previously held positions at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the U.S. National Library of Medicine and as an executive in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. Dr. Boguski is a former vice president of Novartis and was honored as a Visionary and Influencer by the Personalized Medicine Coalition in 2006. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 2001. Dr. Boguski is the Founder of Resounding Health Incorporated, a company dedicated to providing consumers with authoritative, reliable and timely online medical and health information.
Vincent Fusaro, Ph.D. is a National Library of Medicine Fellow in the Computational Biomedical Informatics (CBMI) at Harvard Medical School at the Francis Countway Library of Medicine. It was at Countway Library that Vincent met Mark and Larry and first discussed the idea of taking pictures of your diet. Previously, he finished his graduate degree in bioinformatics at Boston University while performing computational research in proteomics at the Broad Institute. Prior to graduate school, Vincent worked at the National Cancer Institute to develop novel mass spectrometry-based screening tests for various types of cancer. Vincent holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering and has a background in robotic programming, machine vision, and custom automation.
Adam Marcus is pursuing his Ph.D. in Computer Science at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL), where he is part of the Database and the Haystack groups. Prior to MIT, Adam received his B.S. in Computer Science and Mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. You can learn more about him at his website. Adam created the back-end database and web service that calculates the nutrition information for foods you’ve eaten. He also keeps our servers humming.
Larry Istrail is a medical student at Virginia Commonwealth University. Before med school, Larry completed a Masters Degree at Boston University in Applied Anatomy and Physiology with a specialization in nutrition and completed a Masters thesis on dietary contributors to heart disease. His other research focuses on eating behavior, weight loss, and carbohydrate metabolism. Larry has worked under Dr. Caroline Apovian, the director of the nutrition and weight management center at Boston University Medical Center. He maintains the PhotoCalorie blog and is the nutrition lead for the team.