Jeff Hasty, FOUNDER
Jeff Hasty is a Professor of Bioengineering at the University of California, San Diego and one of the founders of QBI. He received his Ph.D. in physics from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1997, where he worked with Kurt Wiesenfeld. He was a postdoc with Jorge Vinals at the Supercomputing Research Institute (’97-’98), and a postdoctoral fellow with Jim Collins in the Applied BioDynamics Lab at Boston University (’98-’01). He is a Professor of Bioengineering and Biology at UCSD, where he also directs the BioCircuits Institute. He is considered a pioneer in the field of synthetic biology, with seminal research on the design and construction of synthetic gene-regulatory and signaling networks.
NATALIE COOKSON, CEO
Natalie received a B.A. in Physics from the University of Pennsylvania in 2002 and a Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of California, San Diego in 2009. After focusing her undergraduate research on astrophysics studies of forming solar systems, she shifted her interest in quantitative science to the study of biological systems. In graduate school, she gained expertise in synthetic biology in microbial organisms, including yeast, bacteria, and cyanobacteria. She was awarded a Computational Science Graduate Fellowship from the US Department of Energy to study single cell growth and gene expression dynamics in model organisms. Natalie has expertise in physics, synthetic biology, and the quantitative analysis of biological systems.
Mike Ferry, CSO
Mike received a B.S in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology from UCLA in 2002 and a Ph.D. in Bioengineering from UCSD in 2010. Mike has received several awards for his academic and research pursuits, including a prestigious predoctoral fellowship from the National Science Foundation for his graduate work. He has invaluable knowledge of civil, mechanical, and electrical engineering as well as general principles of construction.
BUD MARX, chairman of the board
Bud Marx has a BA from Princeton, an MBA with an emphasis in finance from Northwestern University, and over 40 years in the automotive industry, with strong expertise in strategic planning and financial forecasting. He spent 32 years with the Ford Motor Company, where he last served as Vice President of the Automotive Components Group. After retiring from Ford in 1994, Bud spent 8 years as CEO of TMW Enterprises, a private investment group focused on buying and developing manufacturing and electronics technology companies. Bud became Chairman of one of these companies, Amerigon, in 1999, and helped build Amerigon (now Gentherm, NASDAQ) from $7 million in 2000 to over $800 million in 2014.
Scott Cookson, COO
Scott received his B.S. in Engineering Physics from the University of Maine in 2001 and his Ph.D. in Bioengineering from UCSD in 2008. Scott has received several awards for his academic and research pursuits, including being named valedictorian of his undergraduate class and receiving a prestigious fellowship from the Department of Defense for his graduate work. He has expertise in synthetic biology, microfabrication, electrical engineering, medical device development, and optics.