Chief Executive Officer – Dr. John SantaLucia
A world-renowned expert in nucleic acid hybridization, Dr. John SantaLucia served as CSO since co-founding the company in 2000. Then, in August, 2010, he took the reins of DNAS as president and CEO, providing the vision and leadership for the company’s technologies and marketplace opportunities.
- Post-doctoral—Biophysical Chemistry; University of California, Berkeley
- Ph.D.—Physical Chemistry; University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
- BS—Chemistry; Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY
Vice President of Business Development – Joseph A. Johnson
Joseph A. Johnson is DNA Software’s VP of Business Development. His proven track record in biotechnology includes sales awards and management of a team of international distributors. Before joining DNA Software, Mr. Johnson worked in various sales functions at Neogen Corporation and Kelly Scientific.
- MA—Education; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
- BS—Microbiology; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Director of Assay Development – Jun Jiang
Dr. Jun Jiang leads the assay development team to expand our current portfolio of optimized assays for infectious diseases and cancers. He also provides customer service and technical support for our software products and contract research. Before joining DNA Software, Dr. Jiang had ten years of experience focused on the biophysics and biochemistry of nucleic acids, with six publications in major journals or book chapters in the field. In the past five years, he was committed to clinical testing and cancer research, where he led method development, compliance, client service, and published several papers in clinical cancer research.
- PhD – Biochemistry, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
- MS – Chemical Biology, Peking University, Beijing, China
- BS – Pharmaceutical Sciences, Peking University, Beijing, China
Technical and Automation Supervisor – Matt Olson
Matt is leading our kit manufacturing process. He has a background in molecular diagnostics, experience with a wide range of laboratory equipment and methods, and a special interest in automation, throughput scaling, and continuous quality improvement.
BS – Molecular Diagnostics; Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI
AAS – Clinical Laboratory Sciences; Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI
Field Application Specialist – Dominic Mier
Dominic is providing field applications support for our products in addition to aiding the kit manufacturing process. He has a background in molecular biology with experience in a clinical laboratory setting. His graduate research focused on the minor spliceosome and its potential role in driving human cancers. His professional interests include PCR, automation, and molecular diagnostics.
BS-Bioengineering: Oakland University, Rochester, MI
MS-Biology: Oakland University, Rochester, MI
Marketing Director and Strategic Economic Analyst – Rashad Khaddaj
Rashad Khaddaj works on improving sales and marketing environment/process implementation. Assists in goal setting for corporate short-term and long-term goals. Works continuously on expanding DNAS global distribution network.
- MBA—International Business; Concordia University, Ann Arbor.
- BS—Marketing and Management; LAU, Lebanon
Research Scientist – Holly SantaLucia
Holly performs wet-lab PCR and thermodynamics validation experiments to test the predictions of our software. Holly also performs contract research for several clients by performing UV melting experiments for determining thermodynamic parameters for modified oligonucleotides. Her professional interests include protein structure and function, catalytic mechanisms of enzymatic reactions, sequencing technologies, purification technologies, and all things microbiology and marine biology.
- MS—Biochemistry; University of Rochester, Rochester, NY.
- BS—Biology; Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY
Research Scientist 1 – Maysaa Doughan
Maysaa performs wet-lab PCR experiments and analysis. Before joining the team, she was working extensively on various mammalian cell lines to develop new cancer drugs. Her professional interests are primer design, molecular cloning, and bioinformatics.
- MS – Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
- BS – Biology, University of Michigan; Dearborn, MI
Research Scientist 1 – Miranda Wright
Miranda performs wet-lab PCR experiments to test the predictions of our design software. Before joining our team, she worked in a molecular diagnostic laboratory. Her professional interests are molecular pathology, primer design, sequencing technologies, and bioinformatics.
- BA-Biological Sciences; Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
Director of Bioinformatics – Dr. Larry Clos
Dr. Larry Clos leads our software development team. He has expertise in the analysis of large, complex data sets to provide insights for biomolecular investigations. Larry has extensive experience in engineering and developing robust, automated, production-grade algorithms and software for terrestrial and cloud clinical analysis pipelines. Larry also has a solid foundation in biophysical chemistry, laboratory techniques, assay methods, and instrumentation. Larry enjoys managing technical developers, project planning, and facilitating interdisciplinary collaborations.
- Ph.D. – Biochemistry; Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
- BS – Chemistry; Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
Lead Java Developer – Lars Anderson
Lars works on the Java-based web portal for DNA Software, developing its capabilities and helping to add new products and functionality.
- BS—Computer and Information Science; University of Michigan, Dearborn, MI
Software Developer – Sarah Jones
Sarah is a developer of applications and services, new and existing. She also supports the team as a scrum master and a technical liaison for customers.
- BA – Japanese Language and Culture; Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI
DevOps Engineer – Waseef Ahsan
Waseef (Seef) leads the development and management of the cloud-based infrastructure that hosts the DNA Software Application Portal and it’s powerful analysis products.
- BS – Computer Engineering; Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI
Senior Software Engineer – Eric Anderson
Eric Anderson develops C++ backend software for the more computationally intensive aspects of our software products.
- BA—Computer Science and Mathematics; University of Minnesota, Duluth