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Allison Markova

Director, Technology Transfer

Allison joined WHOI in 2015. Leading the Office for Technology Transfer, she works to facilitate the commercialization of WHOI innovations & extend the reach of WHOI technologies within the scientific community as well as the greater business community. Prior to this role at WHOI, Allison worked in marketing for WHOI OTT, marketing and communications roles both in the US and internationally, and as a professional photographer. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Connecticut. Allison is a Registered Technology Transfer Professional (RTTP), a member of the Licensing Executives Society, and a member of the Association for University Technology Managers. 


Annie Toomajian

Market Research & Communications Associate

Annie joined the Office for Technology Transfer in 2020. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and brings experience in market research, consumer identification, and startup plan development. Working collaboratively with inventors, she researches the market potential for WHOI technologies, establishing the technology's competitive advantages, analyzing the market value and growth drivers, and identifying commercialization pathways.


Cristy Salanga, MBA, MS, MLS

Patent Agent

Cristy Salanga is the Patent Manager for WHOI, assessing patentability and drafting patent applications on technologies with commercial potential. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology and a Master of Science in Cellular and Molecular Medicine from the University of Arizona. After graduating, she spent several years as a research scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA focusing on genetic engineering in Xenopus. After developing an interest in patent law, she transitioned to a career in intellectual property, becoming a registered Patent Agent and the in-house patent agent for the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Recently, she completed her MBA from the W.P. Carey School of Business and her Master of Legal Studies in intellectual property law from the Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law at Arizona State University.


Abraham Katzen, PhD, MBA

Business Development Associate

Abe is a Business Development Associate in the Office for Technology Transfer. In his role, he is responsible for identifying external partners & opportunities for the commercialization of technologies developed in the WHOI ecosystem. He holds a PhD in neuroscience from the University of Oregon and an MBA from Babson College. Prior to joining WHOI, he worked with several Boston-area biotech startups developing novel cell and gene therapies.