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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Andreas Scherer

Andreas Scherer

Dr. Andreas Scherer has managed global software and services businesses working for publicly traded companies such as Netscape and AOL as well as privately held companies. As part of his academic work, he has developed algorithms to conduct DNA sequence analysis. In the last decade, he has focused on accelerating R&D processes of Fortune 500 pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical device companies. As a result of this work, he is intimately familiar with the domestic and international life sciences market. Dr. Scherer holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Hagen, Germany, and a Master of Computer Science from the University of Dortmund, Germany. He is author and co- author of over 20 international publications and has written books on project management, the Internet, and artificial intelligence. His latest book, “Be Fast Or Be Gone,” is a prizewinner in the 2012 Eric Hoffer Book Awards competition and has been named a finalist in the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Follow Andreas on Twitter @andreasscherer or connect with him on LinkedIn.
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Cody Sarrazin

Cody Sarrazin

Cody Sarrazin is a Product Specialist Scientist at Golden Helix, joining the team in May of 2017. Cody graduated in 2014 with a doctorate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Utah. Cody works on product testing and data curation. When not in the office, Cody is hanging out in the mountains or tinkering on a new project.
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Delaina Hawkins

Delaina Hawkins

Delaina Hawkins is the Content Marketing Manager at Golden Helix, joining the team in June of 2017. She is passionate about the digital and social media landscape and elevating a company to effectively grow user engagement, build brand loyalty and ultimately drive sales and revenue. When she isn't in the office, she enjoys fishing, biking and spending time with family and friends.
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Darby Kammeraad

Darby Kammeraad

Darby Kammeraad is a Field Application Scientist at Golden Helix, joining the team in April of 2017. Darby graduated in 2016 with a master’s degree in Plant Sciences from Montana State University, where he also received his bachelor’s degree in Plant Biotechnology. Darby works on customer support and training. When not in the office, Darby is learning how to play guitar, hunting, fishing, snowboarding, traveling or working on a new recipe in the kitchen.
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Gabe Rudy

Meet Gabe Rudy, GHI’s Vice President of Product and Engineering and team member since 2002. Gabe thrives in the dynamic and fast-changing field of bioinformatics and genetic analysis. Leading a killer team of Computer Scientists and Statisticians in building powerful products and providing world-class support, Gabe puts his passion into enabling Golden Helix’s customers to accelerate their research. When not reading or blogging, Gabe enjoys the outdoor Montana lifestyle. But most importantly, Gabe truly loves spending time with his sons, daughter, and wife. Follow Gabe on Twitter @gabeinformatics.
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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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Will McDonald