About GHI Authors

Alison Figueira

Alison Figueira is a Software Engineer at Golden Helix, joining the team in January of 2014. Alison graduated from Montana State University in May 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and two minors, one in Japanese Studies and the other in Statistics. She works on SVS features in both the core product and in scripts. When not at work, Alison enjoys playing video games and drawing.
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Aidan Bickford

Aidan Bickford is a Software Engineer who joined the Golden Helix Team in the spring of 2014. Aidan works on product development, architecture, and integration. Aidan has a Masters in Computer Science from Montana State University. When not working, Aidan enjoys mountain biking, skiing, and French crime novels.
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Jami Bartole

Jami Bartole came aboard Golden Helix in 2012 and is currently our Senior Field Application Scientist. Prior to that, Jami worked at the University of Montana – Helena College as a Mathematics Instructor and at the Montana Department of Justice as a Quality Assurance Auditor. Jami completed her Masters in Mathematics from Montana State University – Bozeman and her BS in Mathematics from Montana Tech – Butte. In her free time, Jami enjoys reading and spending time with her friends and family.
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James Grover

James Grover was hired as Golden Helix' third employee ten years ago and is still with the company today. He is a Senior Mathematician and Computer Engineer whose job is to enhance and maintain SVS through implementing state-of-the-art algorithm as software code, both in the core product and in scripts. James has a Masters in Applied Math from California Institute of Technology. Prior to joining Golden Helix, James did software programming for a scientific contracting company and for a non-profit organization. In his free time, he enjoys singing and playing the clarinet.
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Mary Makris

Mary Makris

Mary Makris joined Golden Helix in March 2015 and is the Marketing & Operations Manager. Mary graduated from the University of Montana in May 2014 with a bachelor's degree in Marketing and a minor in Psychology. She is responsible for executing marketing strategies, maintaining the company's social media and web presence, and assisting in all other areas of the marketing department. In her free time, she enjoys playing soccer, biking, fishing, and being crafty.
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Nathan Fortier

Nathan Fortier joined the Golden Helix development team in June of 2014 and is a Senior Software Engineer and Field Application Scientist. Nathan obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering from Montana Tech University in May 2011, received a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Montana State University in May 2014, and received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Montana State University in May 2015. Nathan works on data curation, script development, and product code. When not working, Nathan enjoys hiking and playing music.
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Steven Hystad

Steven Hystad

Steve Hystad joined the Golden Helix development team in November of 2016 as a Field Application Scientist. Prior to that, Steve worked as a Regulatory Affairs Specialist and Molecular Biologist. Steve earned his Masters in Plant Genetics from Montana State University in 2014. As an FAS, Steve works on data curation, customer support and VSReports. When not working, Steve is skiing, hiking, rafting or searching for Forrest Fenn's treasure.
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