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Meet the Team


Founder & CEO
Martin Schiller, Ph.D
  • 31 years experience as Institute Director and Professor of functional genomics 

  • >80 publications

  • Inventor of the GigaAssay  

  • Responsible for general business and science decisions, day-to-day management, and scientific oversight

Head of Cell Engineering & Analysis
Liz Valente, Ph.D
  • 15 years of experience in academic Cancer Cell Biology and CRISPR Screening 

  • Responsible for  Assay development, GigaAssays, Cell Culture, Flow Cytometry, and cell engineering

Head of Molecular Biology
Lancer Brown
  • 20 years experience in industrial  molecular biology, drug screening, and as a Chief Scientific Officer

  • Responsible for  Assay development, building GML and NGS libraries

Christopher Giacoletto 
  • Accomplished Bioinformatician with 4 years of academic and industrial experience

  • Developer of MEGA-Maps pipeline

  •  Responsible for  building the pipeline, analyzing GigaAssay experiments, and building MEGA-Maps

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Research Associate
Allison Stone
  • Molecular Biology associate

  • Responsible for  building constructs and maintaining the laboratory

Research Associate
Brandon Murphy, Ph.D
  • Cell Culture associate

  • Responsible for cell line engineering, lentivirus production and cell culture

Office Manager
Sandra Cardozo
  • 32 years experience in management, advertising, sales, and academics

  • MBA, HRM, previous Dean

  • Responsible for operations management, HR and Finance

Board of Directors

Martin Schiller, Ph.D.

Martin Schiller

​Martin has over 31 years of experience as Institute Director and Professor of Functional Genomics. He has written over 80 publications. He is the inventor of the GigaAssay. He is responsible for general business and science decisions, day-to-day management, and scientific oversight

Stan Schiller

Stan has 60 years of sales and executive management experience-Sales Manger, COO. He is responsible for general business and operation decisions.

Jerome Rotter
Chief Scientific Advisor
Jerry has 37 years of experience as a Director/Co-Director. He is a Pioneer in medical genetics and genomics of common diseases. He is a Medical Geneticist Physician. He has been an executive in 2 companies. He has over 1,100 publications written. He is responsible for scientific and business decision-making.

Board of Advisors 

Asa Lanum

Asa Lanum

Board Chair

Asa has over 45 years in business, technology, international executive, and operational experience, and has authored over 30 research papers and books. His specialty is in technology architecture and development and business process. His executive experience includes CEO, Board Chairman, Board Member, CIO, CTO, Managing Director, and Founder.

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Darren Johnson

Board Member

Darren is a bio-pharmaceutical executive and analytics / optimization expert with over 20 years of experience. He has worked at large (Genentech / Roche), mid-size (BioMarin), and small /pre-commercial (Reata) biopharma. Additionally, his early career included stops at Intel and HP, as well as consulting and startup experience spanning several industries and geographies. Darren brings US and global expertise in commercial operations, business development, corporate strategy, market insights, product positioning, launch readiness, marketing, sales, supply chain, and operations. He has worked across several therapeutic areas with a particular expertise in rare disease. He loves being part of something that makes people’s lives better.

Wayne Grody

Wayne Grody

Board Member

 Wayne has been a leader in genetic diagnostics for 45 years. He has published over 280 publications. Wayne is the Director of the UCLA Genetics Lab. He is double Board Certified. Wayne is a Rare Disease expert. He was President of ACMG. Wayne advises us on Genetics and applications of and strategy for MEGA-Maps.

William Botts

William (Bill) Botts

Board Member

Bill has over 56 years of experience in executive management and turnaround experience. He has served as Executive Advisor to several startups and early-stage companies anled private and public companies. He specializes in high technology and consumer products and has hands-on merger and acquisition experience. His executive experience includes Board Chairman, Board Member, CEO, President, and Founder.

David McCandless

David McCandless

Board Member

Dave has 30+ years of IT experience building solutions and transforming global organizations across multiple industries, most recently limaritime shipping, financial markets, enterprise software, oil, and telecommunications. His primary expertise is global IT service delivery, with a focus on cloud data and analytics to solve problems at scale. He has advisory board, lecturer, and outreach experience across industry, academic, and civic organizations.

Susan Mockus

Susan Mockus

Board Member

Susan has over 15 years of industry experience in business development, strategic alliances, and product innovation. Her technical areas of expertise include genomics, bioinformatics, and the interpretation of big data. She has led numerous commercial product launches across a wide variety of scientific translational applications.

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