Christian Rodriguez Mercado, PhD

Christian grew up in Puerto Rico where he enjoyed a rich liberal arts education at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras. Following his BA degree, he worked as a researcher at the University of Illinois at Chicago, contributing to a project that sought to refine the diagnosis of schizophrenia and bipolar disorders. He then moved to Stanford University to complete a PhD focused on problems in neuroeconomics, a research effort to understand irrational economic behaviors and the quirks in the brain that produce them. It was during this time that the seed for Ology was planted.

Christian’s doctoral work gave him experience with the business of research publishing and its two biggest challenges, the need to charge authors in order to function, and the lack of accessibility for the general public. Without immediate solutions but with the personal goal of improving the situation, Christian abandoned the academic world after finishing his PhD and joined the tech industry as a data scientist for the better part of a decade. The experience he gained building artificial intelligence applications, and operating within businesses that impact the lives of billions of people on a daily basis inspired the idea to build Ology as a solution to the biggest challenges in the sharing of knowledge through research publications.