Company: Our Team
BioTeam is actively involved with our customers, our community, and our industry’s future. Each individual plays an important role in contributing to the advancement of informatics as a tool to enable great science to happen.
Ari E. Berman, Ph.D.
Director of Government Services and Principal Investigator
Ari began his High Performance Computing career working for the Computer Science department at the University of Texas at Austin as an undergraduate in Biology/Zoology. While there, he helped design and build several commodity medium-scale clusters, as well as deploy, integrate and maintain large networks of mixed architectures. During this time, he became an expert in Perl and shell scripting, learned about parallel programming techniques, and deployed several web-based interactive programs. He then entered graduate school at UT and received his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology with concentration in Neuroscience and Bioinformatics in 2005. In the following two postdoctoral fellowships at UCSF and the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, Ari gained a lot of laboratory experience in mouse model development and neurodegenerative diseases as well as a great deal of direct bioinformatics experience. During this time he continued developing and maintaining HPC infrastructure to assist in his research. In the final year of his final Postdoc, Ari gained IT expertise in disaster recovery, high-availability, data security, and centralized high-performance, high-volume storage systems. Since joining BioTeam, Ari has focused on larger-sized projects, mainly with the Federal Government, in an attempt to positively impact the scientific computing capabilities of the nation’s biomedical sciences industry. These efforts recently led him to direct Bioteam’s government efforts. Ari’s career goals are to seamlessly combine his HPC/hardware infrastructure skills with his biology/bionformatics and software development skills to provide the industry with state-of-the art equipment configured to enable science. Ari has additionally been designated BioTeam’s in-house brewmaster and has promised to provide a custom brew for BioTeam’s all-hands meetings.
Anushka Brownley, MS
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Anushka studied Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University before receiving her Masters in Bioinformatics from Georgia Institute of Technology. She has spent the last ten years working in NGS with a focus on building bioinformatics pipelines for data management, analysis, and interpretation of genome sequence data. At the J. Craig Venter Institute, she used open-source and proprietary code to implement both production and customized systems to manage and analyze data from targeted re-sequencing of human, bacterial, viral, and synthetic genomes. She then worked at Complete Genomics doing bioinformatics analysis of whole human genome sequence data to help develop the internal genome assembly processes and final product for the sequencing-as-a-service company. Subsequently, Anushka transitioned to Product Management to spearhead the Complete Genomics Cloud project and also managed their open-source analysis software tool suite. She is particularly interested in understanding the broad range of scientific computational needs and building relevant and efficient solutions that produce actionable information.
Founding Partner and Director of Technology
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Formerly of Blackstone Computing and Genetics Institute, Dagdigian specializes in research computing and infrastructure technology issues in the life sciences. A supporter of free software and open standards for life science research, he is a founding member of the Bioperl Project, co-founder of the Bioclusters mailing list and serves on the board of directors as Treasurer of the Open Bioinformatics Foundation. While at Blackstone Dagdigian was project manager and technical lead for the creation and integration of the Vertex Pharmaceutical VAMPIRE cluster, which replaced an existing Top500 supercomputer used for cutting edge discovery research and informatics. Dagdigian received his bachelor’s degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Biotechnology and occasionally finds the time to continue his graduate coursework at Harvard Extension School.
Senior Scientific Consultant
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Aaron began his journey in the life sciences with the University of Florida’s Interdisciplinary Center for Biotechnology Research (ICBR) while earning a degree in Digital Arts and Sciences from the Department of Computer and Information Science and Engineering. Fueled by his love of infrastructure and large datasets, he quickly became a central figure in ICBR’s early bioinformatics efforts. While riding the wave produced by the center’s early adoption of next-gen sequencing, Aaron gained extensive experience in infrastructure design, automation, instrument support, bioinformatics, data management, and network security. Aaron next went on to form ICBR’s Cyberinfrastructure (CI) section, a team built from the ground up and charged with supporting the center’s entire gamut of computing activities. While CI Director, Aaron also served as the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment Campus Champion for the University of Florida. Aaron brings to the BioTeam over a decade of insight into high performance computing and research infrastructure as well as his genuine passion for scientific computing.
Founding Partner and Chief Executive Officer
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Stan Gloss joined with founding partners Van Etten and Dagdigian to form BioTeam following his tenure in business development with AVAKI Corporation, a pioneer in global grid software solutions. At Blackstone Computing, a computing and IT consulting company for scientists, Gloss led the sales initiative that launched the company in the life sciences market. Gloss earned his MS at the University of Buffalo and was a department chairman and faculty member at Quinnipiac University.
Cynthia (Cindy) Jessel
Cindy joined BioTeam in September 2013 as the Company’s first attorney and operations director. In this role Cindy is overseeing implementation and management of BioTeam’s back office systems as well legal matters. She is an experienced legal and non-legal project manager with a consistent track record of improving complex processes, systems and strategies to promote efficiency, optimize resources and contributing to organizational goals and objectives. Cindy has also been recognized for her collaborative approach in the areas of contract drafting and effective negotiation. She holds a BA from Simmons College, Boston, MA, a MS from Lesley University, Cambridge, MA and a JD from Massachusetts School of Law.
Senior Scientific Consultant
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Adam is a Senior Scientific Consultant at BioTeam with ten years of bioinformatics experience. Prior to BioTeam, Adam was a computational biologist at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center specializing in Protein Structure and Function. Since joining BioTeam Adam has focused on High Performance Computing and Cloud Computing for science and engineering. He is an active speaker at Bio-IT conferences and passionate about building agile research computing infrastructures.
Brian Osborne, Ph.D.
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Brian Osborne specializes in informatics and next-generation sequencing. He brings a deep understanding of molecular biology and bioinformatics and has collaborated extensively with biologists, chemists, and software developers in academia and pharma.
Osborne studied the molecular biology of the yeast Saccharomyces at MIT and did post-doctoral work on plant genetics and genomics at UC Berkeley. Subsequently he was a lead bioinformaticist for the group that sequenced and annotated Arabidopsis chromosome 1. He has been Director of Information Technology at OSI Pharmaceuticals, a Group Leader of Bioinformatics at Cadus Pharmaceuticals, and CTO at Cognia Corporation. At his own consulting company he worked on a variety of open source and commercial projects, with an emphasis on data integration, technical documentation, and data visualization. He is a long-time core contributor to the open source community, including the Bioperl bioinformatics toolkit and the Generic Model Organism Database (GMOD).
Bhanu Rekepalli, Ph.D.
Senior Scientific Consultant and Principal Investigator
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Bhanu started his graduate career in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville (UTK) where he received an MS in Electrical Engineering by researching ways of speeding up genomics and microarray analysis pipelines. He followed his MS by pursuing his PhD in Computer Engineering with a research focus in bioinformatics and computational biology, specifically researching proteomics using supercomputers. Bhanu pursued his postdoctoral research at the Joint Institute for Computational Sciences (JICS) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) where he used the worlds fastest supercomputer, Jaguar, to solve large-scale data analysis needs for bioenergy projects along with building parallel bioinformatics applications and pipelines for characterizing and building novel protein domain models. He was later appointed as a research scientist to lead various systems biology efforts funded by multi-million dollar NSF project at JICS (UTK-ORNL) along with leading life sciences efforts. He was involved in various projects from NGS analysis to comparative genomics, structure prediction to drug discovery, and from scientific computing to HPC architecture design. He built peta-scale informatics applications on some of the world’s fastest supercomputers (Titan, Jaguar, and Kraken). He was instrumental in developing automated workflows and UIs that access supercomputers on the backend for life sciences data analysis. Bhanu brings to BioTeam his 10+ years of unique expertise and experience to provide scientists with user-friendly platforms/infrastructures that can be used as a single-stop-shop for all their data analysis needs, so that researchers can publish and disseminate their data with ease for next-generation knowledge discovery in life sciences.
Simon Twigger, PhD
Senior Scientific Consultant
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Simon Twigger specializes in building software that is actually useable by Scientists. He has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Nottingham in the UK and worked on Ubiquitin and related proteins for his postdoctoral work at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. His growing interest in software development led him into Bioinformatics and he joined Prof. Howard Jacob’s group at the Medical College developing software for genomic mapping projects and became a faculty member in 2001. His research focused around genomics and genome databases, he was a principle investigator on a number of prominent bioinformatic projects – the Generic Model Organism Database (GMOD), the Rat Genome Database, the Gene Ontology Consortium, the National Center for Biomedical Ontology – along with directing the bioinformatics components for the MCW NHLBI National Proteomics Center and the MCW Center of Excellence in Genomics Science. Dr Twigger’s research group focused on promoting emerging software development tools such as Ruby on Rails and cloud computing and his group published the first example of a cloud-based analysis platform for proteomics in 2009. For three years prior to leaving MCW in 2011 he was the Biomedical Informatics Key Function Director for the nascent South Eastern Wisconsin Clinical and Translational Science Institute. In recent years he has been building Ruby on Rails applications for such things as online education, legal research and aviation training.
William Van Etten, Ph.D.
Founding Partner and Principal Investigator
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Van Etten contributes the perspective of a biologist in helping BioTeam’s academic, government, biotech and pharma clients solve their computer-aided research problems. His mission to provide “ease-of-use” to scalable research computing is expressed through his contribution to the development of BioTeam’s iNquiry software product.
Van Etten received his PhD in Genetics at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Following his graduate research, Van Etten was Senior Software Engineer at the MIT/Whitehead Institute Center for Genome Research where he contributed to the genetic mapping of the rat, and was the Head of Informatics for the Mouse Radiation Hybrid Mapping Project as well as Whitehead’s contribution to the SNP Consortium. Van Etten took these high-throughput computing (HTC) research skills to Blackstone Computing as Principal Bioinformaticist where he designed, built and configured HTC environments to support computer-aided research for many academic, biotech, and pharmaceutical institutions.
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Darrain started his career as a Windows systems infrastructure consultant, working for companies such as Charles Schwab and DHL. After consulting for several years, Darrain joined United Airlines as a network design engineer in the western US region. The highlight of this position was designing and building the network and systems infrastructure for the new San Francisco International Airport terminal. Darrain then followed that position by consulting for a mortgage capital bank in Northern California, and further developed his infrastructure engineering and implementation skill sets. Darrain most recently developed his science-related IT skill sets through employment with the The Buck Institute for Research on Aging. During his time there, Darrain engineered and implemented many solutions, including a new network core built from Enterasys hardware, a FreeBSD based central file server, Exchange & Zimbra email systems, linux-based nearline backup systems, PBXIAF VOIP telephony system, Ecessa WAN failover, Cisco security systems, Cisco wireless systems, and HPC environments for Bioinformatics laboratories. Darrain brings 20 years of experience in network engineering, corporate and research computing infrastructures, storage, and HPC engineering to BioTeam and provides design and implementation support for our customers.