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, where he worked with Kurt Wiesenfeld. He was a postdoc with Jorge Vinals at the Supercomputing Research Institute, and a postdoctoral fellow with Jim Collins in the Applied BioDynamics Lab at Boston University. 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 and a Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of California, San Diego. 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 was awarded a Computational Science Graduate Fellowship from the US Department of Energy to pursue synthetic biology research in microbial organisms, including yeast, bacteria, and cyanobacteria. Natalie has expertise in physics and synthetic biology as well as in the financial and technical management of projects ranging from biosensor development to waste treatment and renewable energy generation.
Mike Ferry, CSO
Mike received a B.S. in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of California, San Diego. 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 in synthetic biology and the innovation of novel microfluidic platforms. He has invaluable knowledge in a broad range of subjects ranging from molecular biology to civil, mechanical, and electrical engineering.
Scott Cookson, COO
Scott received his B.S. in Engineering Physics from the University of Maine and his Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of California, San Diego. 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 and countless hours of hands-on experience in synthetic biology, microfabrication, electrical engineering, microfluidic device development, and optics.
BUD MARX, chairman of the board
Bud Marx has a B.A. from Princeton, an MBA 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.
William Mather, CIO
Will received his B.S. and Ph.D. in Physics from the Georgia Institute of Technology, after which he shifted his focus to the development of a quantitative understanding of biological systems as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, San Diego. He has since developed expertise in computational biology, image analysis, web development, and machine learning. He applies his endless set of diverse computational skills to develop user-friendly computational tools that enable the correlation of complex cellular dynamics with meaningful quantitative outputs.
aida martin galan, senior Scientist
Aida received her B.A. and M.S. in Chemistry and her Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Alcala in Spain. She has received several awards for her academic and research including best thesis in medical science from the Spanish Foundation Fuentes Quintana and in chemistry from the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry. Her research focused on applying graphene and other nanomaterials to the development of biosensors using microfluidic devices and micromotors. During her postdoc at the University of California, San Diego, she shifted her focus to to development of wearable sensors and electronics. At QBI, she applies her expertise in biochemistry, analytical chemistry, and microfluidics to the development of novel biosensing motifs.
April SAvage, Scientist
Ever since April learned to talk, her favorite word has been “why”, so it’s only natural that she fell in love with the study of biology. April earned her B.A. in Microbiology at UC Santa Barbara in 2017. Alongside her studies she spent four years working in a campus lab on protein dynamics involved in both chemotherapy and Alzheimer’s disease. After graduation she gained enology experience in the wine laboratory of Bogle Vineyards, developing a deep appreciation for wine both in a scientific sense and in a stemmed glass. As a self-designated lab rat, she collaborates with a diverse team at QBI to design, fabricate, and test microfluidic devices for long-term cell culture.