About GHI Authors

Alison Figueira

Alison Figueira is a Software Engineer at Golden Helix, joining the team in December 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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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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Cheryl Rogers

Cheryl Rogers

Cheryl Rogers joined Golden Helix in May 2010 and is the Director of Marketing at Golden Helix and as such, she is responsible for creating a comprehensive marketing, communications, and public relations strategy to position the company in the life sciences marketplace and ensure a consistently full sales funnel to meet and exceed revenue goals. Cheryl has a BA in Marketing from Montana State University - Bozeman. In her free time, she enjoys camping, biking, skiing, and cooking.
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Greta Linse Peterson

Greta Peterson is Golden Helix’s Director of Services. Her main duty is managing the Field Application Scientist and Customer Support teams. Greta and her team are also responsible for software quality control, ensuring that the software releases are subject to the most rigorous testing protocols and for all the technical documentation and tutorials. In addition, Greta writes Python scripts for extending SVS functionality and conducts software demonstrations and training for customers and prospects. Greta joined Golden Helix in 2008 when she completed her Masters degree in both Mathematics and Statistics at Montana State University in Bozeman. When Greta is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and hiking the surrounding areas of Bozeman.
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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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Hauwa Yusuf

Hauwa Yusuf

Hauwa Yusuf joined the Golden Helix development team in January of 2016 and is a Field Application Scientist. Hauwa graduated from Montana State University in 2014, and works on data curation, script development, and VSReports. When not working, Hauwa is a world traveler in search of an adventure.
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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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Sam Gardner

Sam Gardner joined Golden Helix in February of 2009 as a Senior Software Engineer. He works on software and user interface design, as well as writing product and script code. When not working, Sam enjoys water skiing and snow boarding.
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