About the Team

Ricardo E Rivera-Acevedo

Ricardo E Rivera-Acevedo

Dr. Rivera-Acevedo is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He is also cannabinologist and consultant for various pharma companies around the world.

With a BSc from the University of Puerto Rico – Cayey and PhD in Pharmacology from the University of British Columbia, he has extensive knowledge and expertise researching cannabis and its derivatives. In 2015, he established the first laboratory for cannabinoid research in the Department of Pharmacology at UBC, which is dedicated to understanding the therapeutic uses of different cannabis strains and formulations to treat different diseases.

He also teaches various undergraduate courses within the department including Introduction to Pharmacology, Statistics in Science, Drug Development, Natural Health Products, and Pharmacogenomics.

As former Director of Chemistry for Cannevert Therapeutics Ltd, he lead the chemistry team conducting R&D, QA/QC, and manufacturing research to improve cannabinoid extract formulations and development of new delivery methods. He also helped organize and supervise one of the first internationally recognized clinical trials with cannabis in Puerto Rico.

When not in the lab, he can be found in the dojo practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, teaching mindfulness to high school students with the Vancouver Crisis Centre, co-hosting the shows Cannabis Science Podcast, Cannabis Con Ciencia Podcast, and El Bus De Las 7 on Vancouver Coop Radio 100.5 FM.

Maca Hernandez

Dr. Maca Hernández is a clean technologies and extraction systems expert. With a BSc in chemical engineering from the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso, Chile, a Ph.D. from the Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy and Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

With over 10 years of industry and academic experience, she is a world-renowned expert in the field of cleantech and sustainability. She has focused on transitioning the start-up technologies from the lab into the field. With multiple academic publications and pending patents.

She is in charge of the development, optimization, implementation and good manufacturing practices applied to new innovative processes for various engineering firms. Most recently, helping companies establish industrial cannabis extraction systems.

Dr. Hernández’s expertise is now being transmitted globally as producer on the Cannabis Science Podcast, and co-host of the Spanish language radio show El Bus De Las 7 on Vancouver Coop Radio 100.5 FM. Her passion also extends to the realm of martial arts, as a fervent devotee of Brazilian Jui-Jitsu.

Cris Felipe Alves

Dr Cris Felipe Alves is a Brazilian born Kiwi who lives on Vancouver Island. He holds a BSc degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Brasília, in Brazil; MSc and PhD degrees in Molecular Biology/Biochemistry from Nagoya University in Japan. He worked as a postdoc at the University of Otago in New Zealand. Dr Felipe Alves also has vast experience as a scientific researcher and project manager whilst working as a senior scientist at a global cancer diagnostics company. In that role, Dr Felipe Alves led a team of R&D scientists to develop molecular tools for non-invasive diagnosis of several types of cancer. 

It was during this time that Dr Felipe Alves became interested in the potential for medicinal cannabis as a curative agent against several types of cancer. This idea is not only supported by an enormous amount of anecdotal evidence, but also by several preclinical evidence. Dr Felipe Alves is convinced that cannabinoids can be used to develop anticancer therapies. So much so that in 2014, he decided to leave his beloved NZ to live on Vancouver Island so he could work in the cannabis industry.

Since then, Dr Felipe Alves has worked as an extraction specialist and a QA manager in companies federally licensed to sell cannabis in Canada. He currently works as a Quality Assurance Person, making sure that Canadians have access to safe cannabis products.

Dr Felipe Alves also holds a postgraduate degree in Science Communication from the University of Otago, where he specialized in storytelling, film-making and podcast productions. When he is not working, he looks after his kids, reads about cannabis, listens to podcasts and Iron Maiden and practices Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (black-belt); sometimes, all at once. 

Kimit Sekhon

Kimit Sekhon is a broadcaster and multi-media artist based in Vancouver.

Kimit has an extensive audio production and engineering background. As well as degrees in sound engineering from BCIT. As a visual and multi-media artists, he’s a well-known presence within the Vancouver arts community.

Yet, never known to rest on his laurels and focus on only one thing. He’s acquired impressive cannabis knowledge and experience. As well as the realms of sports, business, literature, science, and music. Kimit is a Renaissance person in every sense of the word.

There is no denying that Kimit is the VOICE of Vancouver Coop Radio 100.5 FM. We immensely appreciate lending such a sultry voice to Cannabis Science Podcast.

You can tune in to their Electronic Music Show Terrestrial FM every Friday from 9pm to midnight on Vancouver Co-op Radio CFRO 100.5 FM.

Visit soundcloud.com/paperwave to hear more about their explorations in synthesis.