The mission of Killer Snails is to bring science out of the laboratory and into classrooms and living rooms. We develop award-winning learning games such as Assassins of the Sea and immersive virtual reality experiences that explore the amazing ecology, biodiversity, and medical application of extreme creatures of nature. We use this content to teach classes on integrating learning games into classrooms and on producing learning games.
Killer Snails Team
Mandë Holford, PhD
Dr. Mandë Holford is an Associate Professor in Chemistry at Hunter College and CUNY-Graduate Center, with scientific appointments at the American Museum of Natural History and Weill Cornell Medical College. Her joint appointments reflect her interdisciplinary research, which goes from mollusks to medicine, combining chemistry and biology to discover, characterize, and deliver novel peptides from venomous marine snails as tools for manipulating cellular physiology in pain and cancer. Her awards include being named a New Champion Young Scientist by the World Economic Forum, the prestigious Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, an NSF CAREER Award, and named a 21st Century Chemist in the NBC-Learn, Chemistry Now series. Dr. Holford received her PhD in Synthetic Protein Chemistry from The Rockefeller University.
JESSICA OCHOA HENDRIX, MBA
Jessica Ochoa Hendrix has worked in K-12 education for 9 years for organizations ranging from the New York City Department of Education to Uncommon Schools. Most recently she served as an educational consultant focused on leadership development before co-founding Killer Snails LLC. Ochoa Hendrix received her MBA with a concentration in Social Enterprise from Columbia Business School in 2009. Prior to business school, she worked in marketing for the Harvard Business Review and The Economist.
LINDSAY PORTNOY, PHD
Lindsay Portnoy, PhD is an educational and developmental psychologist with over a decade of experience in the study of development, learning, and assessment of teaching and learning from birth through adolescence. Her experiences include instruction within elementary, undergraduate, and graduate classrooms guiding teachers and researchers to think critically and creatively about the learning process. Dr. Portnoy’s research focuses on the analysis of developing cognition in classroom learning.
Humberto Machuca is a game developer with 5 years of experience creating mobile games with several award-winning apps to his name. He studied game development at Full Sail University. Besides playing video games, he is an avid mixed martial arts fan and likes to train to stay fit and healthy in his free time.
Noelle Posadas is a UI/UX designer with 5 years of experience creating educational mobile games and apps for brands like Sesame Street, Disney, the NFL and the American Red Cross. She studied Communications design with a focus on Illustration at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. In her spare time, she is studying game design.