The Futsci Team

As scientists with extensive experience in the Life Science arena Deepika and Gayathri have developed FutSci to bridge the funding gap in Bioscience and Biomedical research. They believe that by working together we can ensure that brilliant and talented scientists are supported and innovative research is encouraged.


Gayathri Perera (Cofounder and Director) is a Consultant Dermatologist working in the NHS and an Immunologist collaborating in clinical and laboratory-based research. She graduated from the University of Oxford where she gained a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery and Master of Arts in Neurophysiology. She subsequently did her postgraduate training at Northwick Park Hospital where she obtained her postgraduate qualifications granting her membership to the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP). During her dermatology training at St John’s Institute of Dermatology (King’s College London (KCL)) she was awarded her PhD in Immunology.  Her 4-year research project was funded by the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) and the Medical Research Council.

Deepika Kassen (Cofounder and Director) is a molecular biologist who specialises in cancer and stem cell biology. Her scientific expertise spans different fields from promoter studies in Drosphila and Zebrafish, to investigating mechanisms of skin homeostasis and inflammation and analysing mechanisms of bone disease in multiple myeloma. She completed her Bachelors of Science and Honours degrees focusing on Genetics and Microbiology and then went on to gain a Masters of Science in Molecular Biology at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. She completed her PhD at the Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research (ISREC), Switzerland. She subsequently held Postdoctoral Research Fellow positions at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, King’s College London (St Johns’ Institute of Dermatology) and the University College London Cancer Institute.