Meet Our Team

The Faces Behind MindGain

Alysen Clark, President

Alysen Clark is a molecular biologist with a Masters degree in cellular and molecular medicine. She began her research career while completing her undergraduate education after winning the NSERC-USRA award, twice. She went on to graduate top of her class and pursue postgraduate studies at the University of Ottawa. Alysen was fully funded through external scholarships during her Masters, and also won a Dean's scholarship and multiple leadership awards.

Alysen has worked on multiple areas of regenerative research, from the role of Vitamin A in spinal cord regeneration to understanding cell cycle regulation during neurogenesis and the role of metabolics in neuronal stem cell differentiation. Alysen studied this metabolic role during both embryogenesis as well as during aging, and the impact of this on behaviour.

After completing her Masters degree, Alysen went on to become a senior research technician before leaving academia to found Staterra Inc. with her father. She is currently the president of the company and works closely with Dr. Delphie Dugal-Tessier to guide the company research program. 

Alysen has multiple publications under her belt, including in peer-reviewed scientific journal, Cell Stem Cell. More recently, she has been an invited speaker and panelist at various entrepreneurship and biosciences related events. 

Dr. Delphie Dugal-Tessier, B.A., Ph.D., Head of Research 

Dr. Delphie Dugal-Tessier is a neuroscientist with a doctorate in the field of neurogenesis and mechanisms of cellular regeneration. She has an undergraduate degree in psychology and has more than 10 years of research experience, ranging from mental health, to physical performance, nutrition, and neurobiology.

She is currently Head of Research at Staterra Inc., the company that developed MindGain, where she is conducting research supported by the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP), the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

Dr. Dugal-Tessier is an emerging scientist in the field of nutritional neuroscience and has received numerous awards and scholarships, including the OCE TalentEdge fellowship. This fellowship permitted her to successfully launch Staterra’s Research & Development department. As principal and co-investigator in collaboration with academic partners such as Carleton University, she used different mechanistic stress-induced models to distinguish changes in blood amino acids levels. This innovative technique can detect amino acid patterns in responses to stress. By identifying kinetic patterns in amino acids during a stress-induced model in humans, this research uncovered neuro-molecular pathways linked to cognition. MindGain was created from these studies.

In addition, Dr. Dugal-Tessier is a public speaker who captivated the audience from the TEDxKanata stage with her recent talk entitled “The Brain Hack to Get Your Life Back."

Kevin Clark, COO

Kevin Clark is a born connector and serial entrepreneur, bringing over 30 years of business experience to the team. He is an operations specialist with significant franchise experience, having opened production facilities worldwide and serving as the director of operations for multinational companies.

He also has extensive experience setting up regional and international businesses, and establishing new facilities, supplier relationships, distribution networks, and operator/employee controls.

Kevin is currently the COO of Staterra Inc. and is efficiency obsessed. In fact, he developed the modular manufacturing system that Staterra Inc. uses today. His enthusiasm in the workplace is infectious. He excels at customer service and is able to solve the most complex of operational issues.

Outside of work, Kevin is incredibly passionate about his local community, having held various board positions with multiple community associations.