The Hemp Synergistics Scientific Advisory Board

At Hemp Synergistics, we operate on the cutting edge of cannabinoid science. New discoveries are being made all the time, and we rely on the expertise of our Scientific Advisory Board members to stay at the forefront of this rapidly changing field. Hemp Synergistics is honored to collaborate with these five highly respected and credentialed field experts:

Meet the Advisory Board

Dr. Babak Baban, PhD, MBA, FAHA

Scientific Advisory Board Member

Dr. Babak Baban is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Oral Biology within the Medical College of Georgia. He received his PhD from the University of London. Dr. Baban has been cited by the World Health Organization for his research on the effects of CBD in treating late-stage symptoms of respiratory infections caused by COVID-19. Dr. Baban is also the co-founder of HydroOne Beverages.

Dr. Stephen Payne, PhD

Scientific Advisory Board Member

Dr. Stephen Payne, PhD, is the CEO and President of Maku Technologies. Stephen started Maku Technologies in 2018 after more than a decade of industrial and academic experience in synthetic biology. Most recently, he was a scientist at REG Life Sciences, specializing in the production of fatty acid derivatives and biodiesel from genetically modified E. coli. Stephen also previously worked as a metabolic engineer at Greenlight Biosciences and performed postdoctoral research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Stephen received his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University and his BS in Biological Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr. Anu Anand

Scientific Advisory Board Member

Dr. Anu Anand is a board-certified specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (“PM&R”). Dr. Anand practices in Pittsburgh managing patients in skilled nursing facilities and acute care settings. She is also on staff at Encompass Rehab Hospital, UPMC as well as St. Clair hospital. Prior to this she worked in private practice in outpatient clinics as well as acute inpatient rehab. Dr. Anand was part of a PM&R medical practice in Queens, New York, before her move to Pittsburgh. Dr. Anand launched the Beyond Biomed brand in partner with Hemp Synergistics to provide her patients with high-quality CBD solutions.

Martha Zwonitzer

Scientific Advisory Board Member

Martha is currently a PhD candidate in Plant and Soil Science at Texas Tech. She holds a BS in Crop and Environmental Science from the University of Arkansas and an MS in Environmental Science from the Department of Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering within Iowa State University.