Leadership

Mike Fero, Ph.D.​

Founder and Chief Operative Officer

Mike Fero was an NIH Quantitative Research Career Fellow and principal investigator at Stanford, studying the role of protein localization and the essential genomic elements needed for bacterial life. With Pat Brown and David Botstein Michael directed the development of the first full-genome human DNA microarrays. Before joining Stanford, he was VP of Software Engineering at Neomorphic, a computational genomics company acquired by Affymetrix, and a consulting scientist at Hyperparallel, a data mining company acquired by Yahoo!. Mike has over 40 publications in peer-reviewed journals and holds a Ph.D. in Elementary Particle Physics from the University of California at Irvine.

Eduardo Abeliuk, Ph.D.

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Abeliuk received his Ph.D. studying how bacterial cells divide using high-throughput genetic and molecular biology techniques. His work has been published by multiple international journals and holds patent US9150916. While at Stanford, he started, built and sold KissMe LLC and also founded Classroom.tv, Inc. KissMe was an application that hit a million users within the first few weeks and was acquired in 2009. Prior coming to Stanford, Eduardo was at SMaL Camera Tech., an MIT startup acquired by Cypress Semi. He also interned at Motorola, Synopsys and Lightspeed Venture Partners. Eduardo holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

Nathan Hillson, Ph.D.

Founder and Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Hillson is a world-recognized expert in the field of biological computer-aided design and manufacture, with over 8 years experience leading teams of software engineers, laboratory automation engineers, and biological experimentalists towards the collaborative development and operational demonstration of synthetic biology infrastructure for biomanufacturing applications. He performed his postdoctoral fellowship in microbiology at Stanford, and holds a PhD in biophysics from Harvard.

Advisors

Sarah Richardson, Ph.D.

Scientific Advisor

Dr. Richardson is a Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow in the Physical Biosciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, working at the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) on massive scale synthetic biology projects in biogeochemistry and bioremediation. Sarah has developed state of the art tools for the rapid, automated design of multikilobase synthetic genes and the automated design of assemblable, modular, synthetic chromosomes. Sarah is the recipient of the Turock Award for Promising Young Scientists and the Jupur Dinesh Thekdi Award from Johns Hopkins University. Sara holds a Ph.D. in Human Genetics from the Johns Hopkins University.

Adam Arkin, Ph.D.

Scientific Advisor

Dr. Arkin is Director of the Synthetic Biology Institute and of the Physical Biosciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), and the Dean A. Richard Newton Memorial Professor in UC Berkeley’s Department of Bioengineering. He is also co-director of the Virtual Institute of Microbial Stress and Survival, director of bioinformatics at the Joint Bioenergy Institute, and co-director of BIOFAB (International Open Facility Advancing Biotechnology). His research centers on uncovering the evolutionary design principles of cellular networks and populations and exploiting them for applications in health, the environment, and bioenergy. He was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology in 2007 and, and has been profiled in Time Magazine as a “future innovator”. A member of the University of California at Berkeley faculty since 1999, he earned his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Keith Wilson, Ph.D.

Scientific Advisor

Dr. Keith Wilson is the Chief Science Officer at Oxford BioTherapeutics. Keith has led research efforts at PDL BioPharma through the corporate transition into Facet Biotech, Abbott Laboratories, Abbvie, and now Oxford. He has led internal scientific and business reviews of pipeline portfolio and strategy leading to corporate directional change and has been responsible for implementation of new pipeline strategies. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University and later the Director of Computational Biology and Genomics at EOS Biotechnology and PDL BioPharma. Dr. Wilson holds Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Oregon Health and Science Uniersity.

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