Posted on October 16, 2016
With its nationwide grassroots and campaign offices engaged in a diverse portfolio of activism strategies, The Humane League, together with its research arm, is uniquely well-positioned to instrument measurement into its activism and advance research on effectiveness. The staff at The Humane League and its independent subcontractors participate in the work of Humane League Labs in myriad ways. They produce the content for testing including video ads, presentations, leaflets, guides and web sites. They integrate measurement into their outreach and campaign activities and they participate in gathering data through field research. Their work is central to the mission of Humane League Labs because helping them help animals better is what motivates its research.
Humane League Labs is a unit of The Humane League. In the coming years, we expect the number of our personnel to grow as our research agenda expands in breadth and depth.
Humane League Labs personnel
Director, Humane League Labs
Harish joined Humane League Labs in 2016 and is serving in volunteer capacity as its Director. He obtained his bachelor's degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, and his Ph.D. in computer engineering from Lehigh University. Harish began his career working for IBM Corporation helping build the fastest computer in the world at the time, best known for Deep Blue and its winning chess match against Kasparov. Harish has more than 25 years of experience as a researcher and has co-authored more than 70 peer-reviewed technical publications in the research literature. He teaches and conducts research at a large private university in the areas of web security, data science, and social computing. Harish is a member of the board of The Humane League and is the author of the blog Counting Animals. He can be reached at hsethu at thehumaneleague dot com.
Jacob joined Humane League Labs in March of 2017 as a Research Associate. He earned a B.Sc. in Computational and Integrative Biology, summa cum laude, from Rutgers University in 2016 and started his career at a marketing analytics start-up, working as a software developer and data scientist. During his undergraduate degree, Jacob worked on a broad array of projects, spanning biochemistry, computational biology, bioinformatics, genetics, soft-matter physics and historical research. His strengths include programming, statistics, machine learning and experiment design. He can be reached at jpeacock at thehumaneleague dot com.
Ryan Melvin began working with Humane League Labs in July of 2017 as a Research Affiliate. He holds a B.S. in Physics and a B.A. in Religion-Philosophy from Birmingham-Southern College. Funded by the National Institutes of Health, Ryan is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Physics and an M.A. candidate in Statistics at Wake Forest University. He specializes in simulation and analysis of biological systems for the development of anti-cancer therapeutics and novel random-walk-based statistics on networks for targeted interventions. He has published original research and novel analysis methods in biology, chemistry, physics and statistics journals.
During 2017, we will be announcing additional full-time Research Associate positions seeking creative and self-motivated individuals to plan, design, conduct, analyze and report on research experiments in farm animal advocacy. Requirements for our positions will include an abiding commitment to the mission of The Humane League, very strong analytical skills, steadfast curiosity, demonstrable expertise in quantitative methods in research, and a disposition that favors evidence-based reasoning and critical thinking. Please stay tuned by subscribing to our blog/newsletter and keeping a watch on The Humane League's page on job openings.